Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement of an additional $4.5million in funding for Men’s Sheds.
Funding for the Men’s Shed programme was due to expire in June 2016; to provide certainty going forward, the Coalition Government has guaranteed funding for a further three years until 2019.
“This funding will allow local Men’s Sheds across Pearce to maintain their shed, buy new tools or start new projects,” Mr Porter said.
“Men’s Sheds play an important role in the Pearce community, particularly for older men and those living in our rural areas – reducing social isolation, keeping men active and contributing to their mental health and physical wellbeing.
“This funding is a win for the sheds, the men who use them and the communities that benefit from the great work that they do.”
Men’s Sheds provide a place for men to work on community projects, learn new skills and build relationships with people in their local community.
The $4.5million commitment will also assist the Australian Men’s Sheds Association to develop and maintain relationships and linkages with health providers and employ strategies to more effectively reach out to and engage with men.
“I have visited Men’s Sheds throughout Pearce and seen first-hand the positive impact they have on the individual members as well as the wider the community,” Mr Porter said.
All Men’s Sheds are eligible to apply for funding under the National Shed Development Programme (NSDP); applications are assessed by the Australian Men’s Shed Association in accordance with guidelines agreed to by the Department of Health.
Mr Porter said that local Men’s Sheds are able to apply for grants of up to $8,000 across three funding categories: tools, equipment, community projects and training; building maintenance and development; and health improvement activities.
“I encourage the many Man’s Sheds across Pearce to apply for this important funding, as well as any community organisation wanting to establish a Men’s Shed in their local community,” he said.
Applications for Round 11 of the NSDP are open until 18 September 2015, more information is available via the Australian Men’s Shed Association website: http://www.mensshed.org/round-11/.aspx.