Port Pirie Men’s Shed
The Port Pirie Men’s Shed is an establishment with a long history of helping the community. It is a multifaceted space where members of the community come together to meet, learn and expand on a variety of skills. The facility also boasts a Conference Centre/Training Complex, volunteer area and workshop where volunteers are able to perfect their skills in various projects.
Brief History of the Port Pirie Men’s Shed
The original Men’s Shed was initiated to explore different approaches to working with men as part of UCWCSA’s Men and Family Relationships Program. A group of eight men had completed a program that explored the impact of separation on their lives and help them find ways to better communicate and maintain positive relationships with their children and the wider community. The creation of the original Shed was facilitated by UCWCSA to further support this initiative.
As it grew, the Port Pirie Men’s Shed became recognised for its positive effect on men’s health and well being, replacing for many men the lost domain of their backyard shed.
Men’s Shed TodayAs a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, the Port Pirie Men’s Shed provides a venue for social interaction, companionship and support for men within the Port Pirie community and surrounds, where men are able to socialise and discuss matters in a male-centred environment.
These men also operate as volunteers within the broader Men’s Shed environment, often assisting with projects taking place on the property, sometimes involving the creation of metal and woodworking projects.
The broader Men’s Shed environment also includes a Horticultural workshop, a Conference Centre (operates separately), a community garden and chicken run, which the men operate.
As part of UnitingCare Wesley Country SA, all members of the Port Pirie Men’s Shed are registered volunteers and undergo a police screening process and adhere to policies and procedures. They also welcome casual ‘drop in” participants but these men do not engage with projects.
Although the Shed operates 5 days a week, the main activity days (social interaction, meetings and projects) are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hours of Operation for the Port Pirie Men’s Shed
Week Day Open Time Close Time Monday 8.00am 4.00pm Tuesday 8.00am 4.00pm Wednesday 8.00am 4.00pm Thursday 8.00am 4.00pm Friday 8.00am 4.00pm Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Closed on public holidaysTraining Complex
The training complex boasts a brand new conference centre consisting of one large training room that has the ability to become two smaller separate training rooms. These rooms feature state of the art multimedia facilities and are located next to a brand new industrial catering/training kitchen, both available to the general public for hire.
The Conference Centre and industrial kitchen is perfect for training, off-site meetings and celebratory occasions like parties and events.
Further information is provided in the Conference Kit available here
Division Contact Person Contact Info General Enquiries Men's Shed Reception (08) 8632 3793 Conference Centre
and Industrial Kitchen
Vanessa Ferme (08) 8633 9001 (office)
0427 469 987 (mobile)
Where are we based?Located at 3 Parham Street, Port Pirie (off of Esmond Road)
What areas do we cover?The Community of Port Pirie and surrounding areas. Please contact us for more information.
Key Funding Source
Funded by UnitingCare Wesley Country SA and the programs that operate from the site.