The latest group of boys have graduated from the Intergenerational Mentoring Program at Dural Men’s Shed.
Each Friday during school terms, about 12 shed men welcome up to 10 boys from Western Sydney region to absorb themselves in wood and metal work projects.
The other important partner in this program is Whitelion/Open Family (an organisation helping youth at risk in Western Sydney). More than 100 boys have progressed through this program over the last 4 years.
These boys are mostly disengaged with society and don’t have a great chance of getting into any employment. The program aims to have the boys get to realise that they can achieve, build their self-esteem and get them thinking about a future in employment. Boys from the program have progressed into construction, welding, plumbing, carpentry, and other trades.
The men and boys build things together, eat lunch together, have some fun. There is real respect both ways and the men are able to gently get across life skills and work skills.
If you would like to know more about the program or help in any way please contact the shed on [email protected] or the web site www.duralmensshed.org