TRADING UP: Rita Davies, and Norm Thursby of the Buderim Men’s Shed, look on as Laureen Delaney learns to drill a hole during the women’s maintenance workshop at the shed.
TRADING UP: Rita Davies, and Norm Thursby of the Buderim Men’s Shed, look on as Laureen Delaney learns to drill a hole during the women’s maintenance workshop at the shed. Emily Haynes

Buderim Men's Shed runs workshop for women

NAME any household job fit for a tradie and these independent ladies can probably do it.

More than 30 women have been armed with the skills to run a household on their own during basic home maintenance workshops at the Buderim Men's Shed.

The knowledgeable Men's Shed members shared their tradie expertise in hands-on sessions covering a wide range of maintenance issues including wall repair, plumbing and electrical.

Participant Rita Davies said having recently lost her husband, the workshops had been a huge help.

"I realise how much he did around the house," she said. ''This has been really good for me.

"It was the first time I used a drill today. I wasn't sure how to use one," she said.

The Buderim woman said the sessions on electricity were useful now that she was home on her own. "You don't realise how many dangers there are," she said.

"Everything was very practical... and we had notes to take home and learn off."

Another participant, Alexandra Headland resident Laureen Delaney, said the workshops had been empowering.

"I'm moving into a retirement village villa soon and I'd like to do more crafty things, learn to put pictures up and decorate the house," she said.

"It's lovely they're sharing their knowledge... every session I learnt something."

Workshops were held at the Men's Shed on Mill Rd the past two weeks during three-hour sessions.

Buderim Men's Shed president Rick Beasley said the workshops weren't designed to make participants experts, but rather enabled them to solve basic jobs - without the need to call a tradesman.

"The workshops are low-key and focus on the simple day-to-day issues," he said.

The courses were made possible through funding from Energex, with the Men's Shed looking at holding more sessions throughout the year to cover more topics including car maintenance.



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