NSWState RecipientLocal Hero2007
Len Wallace’s work in establishing the Men’s Shed in Grenfell has put his town on the map. People come in busloads to see what Len has done for his community. Housed in a restored railway goods shed, the Men’s Shed idea is based on Len’s own backyard shed. Created out of the need to address the growing problem of depression among men in the community, the Men’s Shed is a self-help organisation where people share their experiences in life, their stories, and their talents and skills. The Men’s Shed has become the gathering place and social hub for the men folk of the community. It’s a place where the retired, semi-retired or just plain lonely get together to make toys, furniture, and handicrafts from scrap metal and wood and where friendships are made and men gain a sense of purpose, learn new skills, and, like Len, contribute to their community.