Carving out some support

A handmade coffee table will be raffled off to raise money for an acquired brain injury support organisation.

Members at Trafalgar Men’s Shed built the coffee table, along with members of Headway Gippsland’s Trafalgar branch.

When Headway Trafalgar coordinator Marian Adams approached shed president Eric Johnson with a suggestion for a way the community groups could work together Mr Johnson agreed right away.

Not only will the coffee table help raise funds for Headway as a raffle prize, but it also gave Headway clients an opportunity to practice woodworking when they helped build the table.

Headway operates out of Trafalgar Community Centre and its 10 clients meet every Monday for four hours, which “gives carers a break”.

“We do social support activities. We have things like games, barbecues, bus outings, craftwork and fishing outings,” Ms Adams said.

She said the organisation sustained itself through government funding and its own fundraising efforts and appreciated donations, but was also always looking for volunteers.

John Gatt, who has been volunteering with Headway for four years, said he enjoyed helping in whatever way he could.

“I do whatever is needed. I help the clients to get around safely, get them cups of tea, take part in the games, provide transport and help with activities,” Mr Gatt said.

The men’s shed was established four years ago and since has taken on many community projects among the personal projects and group items they sell to remain self-sufficient.

To donate to Headway Gippsland or for more information on volunteering phone the Moe office on

5127 7166 or visit