Men’s Sheds receive funding boost

June 19, 2024 BY

THE Victorian government has announced new funding aimed at enhancing community health and wellbeing through the latest round of the Men’s Shed Funding Program.

Grant recipients of the 2023-24 Men’s Shed Funding Program included Ocean Grove and District Men’s Shed and the Lara and District Men’s Shed Inc.

Bellarine MP Alison Marchant said Men’s Sheds provided a space for people to connect, socialise, and work on shared projects, helping to reduce social isolation and promote inclusion.

“Men’s sheds provide a welcoming place for locals to learn new skills, contribute to the community and improve wellbeing,” Ms Marchant said.

“This pilot program will go a long way to create connections between men’s sheds across the state to continue their important work in the community.”

Members benefit from improved mental health as they share skills, learn new ones, and forge new friendships in their local communities.

The Victorian government has provided 487 grants to Men’s Sheds since 2015, supporting more than 360 communities across Victoria.

Men’s Shed members also contribute to local communities by running first-aid courses, making toys for children, and creating equipment for organisations such as the Country Fire Authority.

Minister for Carers and Volunteers Ros Spence announced grants for 28 Men’s Sheds to support the construction of new sheds, extensions, improvements, and refurbishments.

Ms Spence said Men’s Sheds played a crucial role in local communities.

“These grants help to establish new Men’s Sheds, complete repairs, and make improvements that ensure they are safe, remain fit for purpose, and are accessible to all members.”