The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to support the health of local men, with Men’s Sheds in Birregurra and Cobden to share in a total of $85,000 through the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Men’s Shed Funding program.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Birregurra Men’s Shed will enjoy a new shed thanks to an $80,000 grant from the program, whilst Cobden’s Men’s Shed will receive $5,000 to upgrade ceiling insulation and storage.
It is part of almost $1 million in support for men’s sheds, giving more men the opportunity to learn new skills, build friendships and give back to their communities – when it’s safe to do so.
The funding will go towards the construction of eight new sheds and the renovation of 21 others across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
Victoria’s vibrant men’s shed community continues to grow, with this grant round enabling five new shed organisations to form, covering the communities of Colac-Otway, Swan Hill, Baw Baw, the Mornington Peninsula and the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation in Echuca.
Men’s sheds improve the health and wellbeing of their members by reducing social isolation and promoting social inclusion. Shedders get to share their skills, learn new ones and make new mates in their local area.
The Government provides $1 million to support men’s sheds each year, which includes $130,560 to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.
There are currently more than 360 communities with men’s sheds throughout Victoria.
The list of grant recipients is available here: providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program.
Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“I’ve always been a proud supporter of Men’s Sheds – they are a wonderful asset for the community.”
“That is why I’m thrilled this funding will help support the Men’s Sheds in Birregurra and Cobden expand and continue playing a vital role in the local community.”
“Having somewhere to go and spend time with other men makes a huge difference to men’s health and wellbeing. These new facilities will support community connection and mental health as we recover after the past couple of years.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“Men’s sheds provide a relaxed, supportive environment where men can roll their sleeves up, build friendships, learn something new and help their local community.”
Quote attributable to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association Chief Executive Officer Derek O’Leary
“Men’s sheds make a powerful contribution to the health and wellbeing of Victorians, bringing individuals together and strengthening communities. These grants will help men’s sheds grow and welcome new members.”