SUPPORTING NORTHERN VICTORIA’S MEN’S SHEDS

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Northern Victorian men will continue to have places to connect, build new friendships and share skills thanks to $870,000 Victorian Government funding to upgrade local Men’s Sheds.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced grants of $2,300 are now available to Men’s Sheds in Northern Victoria who are struggling financially after not being able to undertake their normal fundraising activities.

The funding will assist Men’s Sheds to meet their most urgent expenses, so they can reopen as strong and connected community organisations when restrictions ease.

Men’s Sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, and participate in their local community.

The Sheds support their communities through volunteer work, from mentoring young people or using woodwork or machinery skills to create items for organisations and residents in need.

They also help improve the health and wellbeing of participants by giving men a space to connect, make friends and socialise.

There are more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds across the country, with over 360 in Victoria.

For more information or to apply for the grants program visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

 

”Men’s Sheds play an important role in connecting and strengthening our communities – this funding will ensure they remain places for strong community connections.”

“These grant are about ensuring Men’s Sheds continue to provide safe places for men to come together and guild friendships while giving back to our Northern Victorian communities.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

”I know how tough it’s been during the pandemic, with shedders keen to get back to their sheds as soon as possible.”

”This funding will ensure Men’s Sheds across Victoria can bounce back quickly, and continue to provide a great place for men to get together and support their local community.”