Dingley Mens Shed

Dingley Mens Shed

A program run by the Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre Inc. served as the foundation for the Dingley Village Men’s Shed (DVNC)

The Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre Inc. was founded and first operated by the community in 1978. It operates independently and is a corporation. The Center runs programs that offer services to the citizens of Dingley Village and is a part of the neighborhood house/community learning center sector.

The DVNC Committee of Governance leases the Center and Harold Box Hall from the City of Kingston, where these programs and services are offered.

Three male residents of the area approached the Dingley Village Neighbourhood Center in September 2012 and requested assistance in creating a Men’s Shed. Over 50 men who had expressed interest in joining a Men’s Shed in Dingley Village attended a public meeting in October 2012 to launch the Dingley Village Men’s Shed (DVMS) program.

Following this discussion, a steering group was created to create plans and initiatives for constructing a men’s shed, and in January 2013, the group formally established a subcommittee of the center. The DVNC manager, the original three initiators, and three interested locals made up the Sub-Committee.

The DVMS’s permanent residence needed to be created as the next action. A request for access to two existing but abandoned shelters in Braeside Park was made to Parks Victoria (PV) by the DVNC Committee of Governance and the DVMS Sub-Committee. These abandoned outbuildings were were utilized as a workshop and a storage shed by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.

After discussions with Parks Victoria, access was authorized, and the renovation project kicked off in early October 2013. Additionally, a lease between Parks Victoria and the DVNC for the structures was completed. The organization has been conducting business out of their residence in Cypress Drive at Braeside Park, Lower Dandenong Road, Braeside, ever since.

Members started holding frequent meetings at the DVNC and at some members’ houses during the negotiation time, allowing friendships to solidify, fellowship to be enjoyed, and membership to grow. The two sheds that the DVMS rebuilt and set up now include a sizable workshop and a common room where members can gather in a comfortable and secure setting. The DVMS was created to give the local male community in (and around) Dingley Village the opportunity to develop a meeting place and workshop for the sole purpose of having a space that promotes friendship, communication, and the open discussion of male issues. The amenities will make it possible to engage in hobbies and interests. As time and talent allow, the DVMS will provide its services to the Dingley Village neighborhood for projects that will benefit the neighborhood.

The Australian Men’s Shed Association registered the DVMS, giving it the Shed Registration number AMSA 100909. Additionally, the DVMS joined the Victorian Men’s Shed Association financially.

On Friday, January 30, 2015, their shed was formally opened in front of members, Parks Victoria Rangers, neighborhood representatives, and guests.

To suit the growing membership, the amenities building was expanded in 2017 to almost twice its original size.

The Dingley Village Men’s Shed became an incorporated entity in May 2018 and now functions as a totally independent establishment with its own Committee of Management under the name Dingley Village Men’s Shed Incorporated.


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