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Students from two Warracknabeal schools are enjoying a giant new game thanks to a committed team of elderly men.

The men are all in care as residents of Rural Northwest Health’s Yarriambiack Lodge. They have formed a men’s group that meets regularly in the aged care facility’s Men’s Shed.

Yarriambiack Lodge volunteers coordinator Kylie Zanker said the group formed so the men could get together and chat and work on projects.

“It’s a wonderful project because they get to be ‘blokey’ with each other and utilise the skills that they’ve had for a lifetime,” Mrs Zanker said.

“They really enjoy each other’s company and they love working on projects in the shed,” she said.

Mrs Zanker said the residents expressed an interest in bonding together for ‘men’s business’.

We saw enormous potential with the idea and now they are producing some amazing work,” she said.

“They have just finished a timber chess board which looks fantastic.”

Men’s Shed coordinator Andy Thomson oversees the group’s work. He started in March with eight men.

They have worked on several projects including making and painting giant Jenga blocks for students at St Mary’s Primary School and Warracknabeal Special Development School.

Other projects include the restoration of an antique trolley, refurbishing and painting children’s timber chairs and tables as well as timber cup holders, spice racks and timber signs.

One resident said it was good to be able to make things that the children can play with and enjoy. Another said he liked being with Andy and the men in the shed making and doing things.

 

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