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  • Writer's pictureKay Savage

Crafting a Community for Veterans

What began as a small fundraising project for veterans has blossomed into something much bigger for the Citizens’ Auxiliary Hobby Shed at the Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch.


Wayne Lord , Diana Schulte, Paul Scarborough, Nigel Wilson, Ross Whiley (L-R)

It all started with a simple storage box and a couple of quirky bottle lights. But what began as a small fundraising project for veterans has blossomed into something much bigger for the Citizens’ Auxiliary Hobby Shed at the Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch.


“Everybody here cares about everybody else, and that's the best part. And with the goal of bringing more people into the Hobby Shed, there's never been a better time to get involved.

Today, the volunteer cohort at the Hobby Shed is creating far more than just unique handmade crafts. They are also providing a haven for members and the wider community to learn, socialise, and connect with others. It's a place where people of all ages and skill levels can come together to work on personal projects, use the tools available, and learn new skills from experienced volunteers.


According to Nigel Wilson, the President of the Pine Rivers RSL Citizens’ Auxiliary, the Hobby Shed started as a way for members to get out of the house and interact with others.


“It's an area where anyone, male or female, can make use of the wide range of shed tools available for personal projects, or to produce items sold by the Auxiliary to raise funds for the Sub-Branch to operate,” Nigel explained.


But the Hobby Shed is not just a place to hone one's DIY skills. It's also a space for people to connect and support one another helping those who are perhaps stuck at home and staring at the walls around them - which is particularly important for those suffering from PTSD.


"We've found that just communication with others and getting out of your comfort zone is powerful, and we've got guys here who can teach them how to use tools and table saws, so there are many possibilities and opportunities for those who would like to be a part of the Hobby Shed,” said Nigel. "It's a real team effort here, and each member does a different aspect of the work."


The team at the Hobby Shed is made up of a core group of Auxiliary members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring the space to life, with each person bringing a valuable skill set to the table.


Their hard work is paying off. The Hobby Shed has raised thousands of dollars to support the Sub-Branch and its members. Last year alone, they raised enough money to fuel the Sub-Branch outside of major Defence commemorations such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. They've also been able to expand their product range to include items such as glass-bottle bedside lamps with the addition of a CNC router and a 3D printer.


More than just a fundraising initiative, the Hobby Shed is a community.


"Everybody here cares about everybody else, and that's the best part. And with the goal of bringing more people into the Hobby Shed, there's never been a better time to get involved,” Nigel said.


Whether you're looking to learn new skills, socialise with others, or just support a great cause, the Hobby Shed is the perfect place to do it all.


Hobby Shed

(07) 3285 8022.

F: Pine Rivers RSL Sub-Branch

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