The Turnbull Government is providing funding for Peninsula North Men’s Shed to provide specialised equipment identified by members to meet the needs of Shed operations.
Member for Dunkley, Mr Chris Crewther MP said the funding will support men’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
“The Peninsula North Men’s Shed would help men, particularly as they got older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions,” Mr Crewther said.
“This funding round helps Men’s Sheds to buy tools and equipment, support community projects and training, maintain or develop their buildings, or create local activities to improve men’s health.
“The $1086 grant will mean a lot to the Peninsula North Men’s Shed members and the broader community and I congratulate them on their success.”
Mr Greg Hunt, Federal Member for Flinders and Minister for Health and Sport announced the funding at a joint event with Mr Crewther, noting that the Peninsula North Men’s Shed, being on the border of Dunkley and Flinders, provides men from the Baxter area with opportunities to exercise their creativity and share their expertise in an environment that is safe, friendly and community-oriented.
“Men’s Sheds help men, particularly as they get older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions.
“The Peninsula North Men’s Shed helps many people in both Chris’ and my electorates. It provides their members with a sense of community and a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men,” Mr Hunt said.
“This grant will help Peninsula North purchase vital tools and equipment to assist them with community projects and training.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have hard working volunteers such as Bill Wood, President of the Peninsula North Men’s Shed, and the rest of the team, who dedicate their skills and expertise for the good of the local community.”
The Shed has 56 members and offers a range of activities to faciliate engagement and participation of local men, activities include wood and metalwork, wood turning, picture framing, leadlighting, personal projects and community work, social trips and guest speakers. Mr Crewther noted that the Shed’s members were planning on using the funding to purchase a laptop, printer and external hard drive.
“Men’s Sheds provide a sense of community, a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men.
“Members have an opportunity to pass their skills to others, learn new things, or just catch up regularly with other men in the community for a chat and a cup of tea,” Mr Crewther said.
This grant funding is part of the $5.1 million the Federal Government has provided to the Australian Men’s Shed Association through to 2018-19 to support the national network of Men’s Sheds.
Details of all successful grant recipients from this National Shed Development Program funding round are available at www.mensshed.org.