Gillespie announces Federal funding for local Men’s Sheds

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie today announced Federal funding towards two local projects at the Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest and Harrington Men’s Sheds.

Dr Gillespie announced $1622 to the Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Men’s Shed towards the costs associated with tools, equipment, community projects and training.

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Funding of $3,000 has also been made available to Harrington Men’s Shed for with tools, equipment, community projects and training and follows $6,500 in last year’s round of funding to install a new solar power system at the Harrington Men’s Shed.

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The grants are part of $400,000 in national funding provided to more than 100 Men’s Shed’s across Australia.

“Men’s Sheds provide a place where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own place in their own time and gather together in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment,” Dr Gillespie said.

“They reduce social isolation, strengthen communities and contribute to improvements in the health of individual men, particularly the mental health of retired and older men.”

Under the National Shed Development Programme, all Men’s Sheds in Australia can apply for up to $8,000 in funding, with priority given to sheds in rural and remote areas and in areas of disadvantage. The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) manages the National Shed Development Programme.

AMSA will open the next round of funding for Men’s Sheds shortly. Details can be found at www.mensshed.org/home/.aspx

Any enquires on the application process for the programme can be directed to AMSA via email at amsa@mensshed.net or phone 1300 550 009.

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