The Government has granted men’s sheds a total of $400,000 to help boost the health and wellbeing of men in their communities.
“To mark Men’s Shed Week, I am delighted to announce that under round 17 of the National Shed Development Program, 104 sheds received grants for various activities and projects,” said Health Minister Greg Hunt.
The funding is for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance.
“Men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority. It’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure they get the support they need and deserve,” Mr Hunt said.
“Feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health and men’s sheds provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community.”
The Government is investing $5.1 million over three years to the men’s sheds movement.
All venues that meet the definition of a men’s shed are eligible to apply for funding, and grants are awarded on a competitive basis up to a total of $10,000, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.
A men’s shed can be a purpose-built facility, a multipurpose community or private building or shared space used on a regular basis for the purposes of a men’s shed.
Are you a member of a men’s shed? If so, has being a member helped your health and wellbeing? In what way?