Men’s Shed at Peter Mac officially re-opens today in its new home, thanks to a generous donation of space.

It is now found in the ground floor of one of the Scape Group’s properties, Atira Peel Street. The building is directly opposite the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Parkville, and also provides patient accommodation.

Men’s Shed at Peter Mac launched in early 2020 but COVID-19 forced meetings online. As restrictions eased, members have been meeting at an affiliated shed in Melbourne’s CBD.

Peter Mac Chief Executive Professor Shelley Dolan said the Men’s Shed service was improving the wellbeing of patients, carers and families.

“Our Men’s Shed helps to reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing and provide an environment where experiences can be shared,” Professor Dolan says.

“It’s been fantastic to see Men’s Shed at Peter Mac bring together people who may otherwise miss out on this type of support, and we want to thank Scape for their collaboration and generous support.”

The Scape Group have Australia’s largest portfolio of student accommodation and also provide short-term accommodation options for non-students.

“We’re so proud to be able to partner with Peter Mac to open the Men’s Shed at one of our properties,” says Scape CEO Anouk Darling.

“At Scape, we believe everyone deserves to live better and we hope that this space will provide patients with a safe, friendly, healing environment to feel connected and supported while they are being treated for cancer, or they are caring for someone with a serious health concern.”

Men’s Shed at Peter Mac has about 40 members. It is open to everyone (not only men) and members work shoulder-to-shoulder on small projects and have access to a range of formal and informal supports.

Find out more about Peter Mac's Men's Shed