Men’s Sheds on the Mornington Peninsula have been given a boost with $9,000 going to two local groups to continue their good work.
Seawinds Men’s Shed at Rosebud West has received $7,000 for the installation of the electrical work to support the development of a computer room while Main Ridge Men’s Shed received $2,000 for tools and equipment.
Flinders MP Greg Hunt said Men’s Sheds provided a much-needed facility for recreational and social activities for men.
“Men’s Sheds allow men to remain active and engaged in the community while also providing a place where they can meet and socialise with other like-minded individuals,” Mr Hunt said.
“Men’s Sheds help to reduce social isolation and mental health problems, particularly for older men and those living in rural and remote areas, who may be disconnected from others.”
The Federal Government will commit $4.5 million over the next three years to assist the Australian Men’s Sheds Association to develop and maintain relationships with health providers and employ strategies to more effectively reach and engage men.
This funding will enable Men’s Sheds to continue to develop their facilities and programs, maintain their sheds, buy new tools and equipment, start new projects or engage in training.
Round 12 of the National Shed Development Program is now open for funding applications until March 4, 2016.
The program enables Men’s Sheds to apply for funds for tools, equipment, purpose-built workspaces, improvements to facilities or training.
“This is great news for the sheds and the men who use them and I hope local groups will put in their applications,” Mr Hunt said.
All Men’s Sheds are eligible to apply for funding under the National Shed Development Program, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas. More information can be found at: www.mensshed.org/ or by emailing email@example.com or phoning 1300 550 009.