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City of Stirling pilots women’s shed classes

10 February 2020

The City of Stirling is piloting a series of women’s shed classes at the Innaloo Sportmen’s Club as women seek to learn DIY skills traditionally done by men.

Off the back of the success of the Stirling Community Men’s Shed and the Women Working with Wood Association, the City has seen an increase in the expression of interest by women to learn skills such as car maintenance, basic plumbing and furniture restoration.

Mayor Mark Irwin welcomed the initiative saying it was a great way for women to come together and learn new skills, while boosting their confidence and independence.

“The response to the women’s shed classes has been very positive with the first set of workshops already at capacity showing the demand by women to learn and take charge of traditional handiwork,” Mayor Irwin said.

Participants will learn how to use power tools, repair household items and fix leaking taps which will help to save money around the home as well as learning new skills such as furniture restoration and wood work.

On completion of the pilot program in December the City will then assess the need for a permanent women’s shed based on feedback from the workshops.

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