Ella’s House opened two years ago and is the third Alzheimer’s WA has opened in Western Australia. Ella’s House operates as the Enabling Household™ model and offers a number of services including centre based, community based and in-home services to support people throughout their dementia journey. Funding from the Government’s Home and Community Care program (HACC), the City of Mandurah and United Way enabled Alzheimer’s WA to offer a new Men’s Shed at the house.
The Men’s Shed at Ella’s House officially opened in November. The first session involved lots of planning and discussion, and excess furniture was removed from the shed. As work benches were being relocated a crate of beer bottles was discovered, leading to the suggestion that home brewing could be a future activity!
The group also kept a round table for having their morning meeting and coffee each week. As they sat around the table one morning they decided to call themselves the “Knights of the Round Table”. This is the true spirit of a men’s shed at work; it provides a sense of belonging and is a place for bonding, friendship and good old fashioned fun. Most of the men arrive early each Monday morning, eager to get started.
Being part of a Men’s Shed brings opportunities to make new friends, and participate actively in a community with other men from diverse backgrounds. Sheds are a common shared space for social interaction and help maintain strength, coordination, thinking skills and emotional wellbeing.
The Men’s Shed at Ella’s House is supported by one staff member and a volunteer who is a retired builder. Volunteers are an invaluable support to groups such as the Men’s Shed.
If you would like to volunteer or find out more about the Men’s Shed at Ella’s House please contact us directly on (08) 9535 8772. Alzheimer’s WA runs two additional Men’s Sheds at Mary Chester House, Perth and Hawthorn House, Albany.