Men’s Sheds, a unique program which provides occupation, support and enjoyment to communities throughout Australia, has been given a boost in funds to upgrade facilities.
Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon has announced funding $125,000 for 51 sheds in areas of high unemployment and where social isolation and disadvantage are most common.
“Men’s Sheds are more than just a place for blokes to do some woodworking and have a cuppa. They offer a welcoming environment where men can find support when they need it,” Mr Snowdon said.
“In this funding round, we looked at giving priority to sheds that are committed to working with local councils, community health services, welfare organisations, men’s health services and other community services. “Through these important community links, more socially disadvantaged or isolated men can benefit from the supportive atmosphere of their local Men’s Shed.
“We provide the money for the set up and tools, but it’s the men and their mateship that make these sheds work,” Mr Snowdon said.
Under its National Male Health Policy, the Government funds the Australian Men’s Shed Association to run the Shed Development Program, which includes $250,000 a year over three years to directly assist Men’s Sheds, plus $125,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander shed activities.
Round 6 of the grants program is now open and will close on Friday 26 July 2013.
Men’s Sheds groups can find details at the http://www.mensshed.org/home/.aspx