More men in Warrnambool will be building new friendships, skills and community connections, thanks to a Victorian Government grant for a new men’s shed.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Warrnambool Men’s Shed would receive $80,000 towards their much needed new shed.
The grant will build a new 32 x 12 metre shed, with three partitioned areas. One of the areas is a sound proofed designated Wellness Centre with a kitchen, meeting area, lounge area, office computer desks and toilets.
Across Victoria, new men’s sheds will be constructed in eight communities, while 15 other sheds will be refurbished, thanks to $879,000 in grants from the Victorian Government. The Heywood Men’s Shed will be extended, using a grant of $14,000, while the Timboon Men’s Shed will construct a new veranda.
Men’s sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and actively participate in their local community.
They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by promoting social inclusion.
There are more than 1,000 sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria.
The Victorian Government is a proud supporter of men’s sheds and recognises the important role they play in bringing the community together.
For more information, please visit http://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Congratulations to the members of Warrnambool Men’s Shed who can now start their work to build a new shed”.
“Men’s sheds are vitally important spaces for men in our area to socialise, have a cuppa, learn new skills and give back to the community. I am delighted this funding will help more people and look forward to hearing about the results of this project in the months to come.”
Quote attributable to Victorian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer, Ric Blackburn
“These grants have huge benefit to each area, helping build capacity, strengthen support networks and contributing to communities in an extraordinary way.”