MEN’S SHEDS HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN EASTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

Communities around Victoria are set to benefit from more Men’s Sheds, thanks to $879,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane said the grants will help communities provide a space for men to meet, reconnect and participate in their local communities.

Men’s Sheds are a vital part of community infrastructure that allow men to socialise, learn new skills, engage in community activities as well as being important in their health and wellbeing.

As the saying goes “Men learn shoulder to shoulder not face to face” so providing them with safe and comfortable spaces that allow this to occur is vitally important, not only for men but for the communities they live in.

With over 350 men’s sheds already operating across Victoria, this funding will provide more opportunities for men to participate locally and interact in a safe and inclusive environment. Importantly, the sheds also provide community support especially during periods of economic and social change.

Grants of up to $60,000 are available for communities to build a new shed, or up to $30,000 to refurbish an existing one.

Community groups and local councils are encouraged to apply, especially those from rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and areas that are experiencing significant economic and social change.

The Labor Government provides $1 million per year through the Men’s Shed program, including funding to support the Victorian Men’s Shed’s Association in strengthening the capacity of men’s sheds.

For more information visit http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-business-and-community/community-involvement/men-in-the-community/mens-sheds

Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane

 “Men’s sheds are a huge asset for local communities – they give men the opportunity to interact in a safe space and give back to their communities”