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The Dingley Village Men’s Shed began as a program under the auspice of the Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre Inc. (DVNC)
Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre Inc. is a community initiated and structured organisation that began operating in 1978. It is an incorporated body and is autonomous in operation. The Centre is part of the Neighbourhood House / Community Learning Centre sector and manages programs that provide services to the residents of Dingley Village.
These programs and services operate from both the Centre and the Harold Box Hall, facilities the DVNC Committee of Governance leases from the City of Kingston.
In September 2012 the Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre was approached by 3 local male residents asking for support to develop a Men’s Shed. The Dingley Village Men’s Shed (DVMS) program was established in Oct 2012 with a Public meeting drawing over 50 men who had shown an expression of interest in being a part of a Men’s Shed in Dingley Village.
From this meeting, a steering group was formed to develop strategies and actions for establishing a Men’s Shed and the group formally became a Sub-Committee of the Centre in January 2013. The Sub-Committee comprised of the manager of the DVNC, the initial 3 instigators plus 3 interested local residents.
The next step was to establish a permanent home for the DVMS. The DVNC Committee of Governance together with the DVMS Sub-Committee approached Parks Victoria (PV) with a request for access to two existing but derelict sheds situated in Braeside Park. Formerly utilised by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, these neglected sheds were originally used as a workshop and a storage shed.
Following the negotiations with Parks Victoria, access was approved and a renovation program began in early October 2013. A lease of the buildings was also finalised between Parks Victoria and the DVNC. Since then the group has been operating at their home in Cypress Drive at Braeside Park, Lower Dandenong Road, Braeside.