Seniors Week 17-24 March 2013

The Hawkins Men's Shed - Winner

A role model for other Men's Sheds, The Hawkins Masonic Village Men's Shed is a special place for many of the male residents of the retirement village, some of whom are former carpenters and machinists. For the past four years, they have enjoyed spending time and sharing their knowledge with each other. The Shed is fully equipped with all manner of woodworking machinery and tools which are fully utilised by the men every day of the week. In addition to making furniture for residents and building ramps for people who use walkers and wheelchairs, wooden toys are made and donated to local charities.

At the a Ceremony at the NSW Parliament House on the 17th March 2013 Hawkins Men's Shed was awarded the winner of the Supporting Working Seniors category in the Seniors Week Achievement Awards.

The Delegation from Hawkins Masonic Village Men's Shed receiving their award at NSW Parliament House - 17 March 2013

A Message from the Minister

As Minister for Ageing, I am proud to invite you to join us during NSW Seniors Week. This is a year of achievements, in 2013 we celebrate 55 years of NSW Seniors Week and we also mark 30 years of the Premier's Gala Concerts. 

We have introduced the Supporting Working Seniors Category to our Seniors Week Achievement Awards, which recognises employers who support seniors in the workplace.

Last year when the NSW Government launched the NSW Ageing Strategy, we promoted the knowledge and experience of seniors as employees, so I am pleased to see this new award category encourage age-friendly workplaces in NSW.

We value technology and its ability to help us all remain socially connected. This year during NSW Seniors Week, you can join a free computer class with the latest technologies and learn how to stay in touch with family near or far, seek information on the go or even make a purchase from the comfort of your own home.

There is something for everyone with more than 900 events happening across the state.
I hope you enjoy this year's NSW Seniors Week Program of events.

Andrew Constance MP
Minister for Ageing

Some videos from the Seniors Awards Ceremony can be see on the following links-

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Some of the members of Hawkins Village Men's Shed enjoying a celebratory BBQ
at their facility. They were joined by Clayton Barr MP, member for Cessnock.