Building And Strengthening Communities Through Men’s Sheds

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in stronger and healthier communities through $1 million in Men’s Sheds grants.

State Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP welcomed the new round of funding and encouraged local council and community groups to apply for new Men’s Sheds and refurbishments to existing sheds.

Providing a safe and friendly place where men can meet and work on projects that benefit the community, Men’s Sheds promote social inclusion and enhance the physical and mental health and wellbeing of men in local communities.

They are especially important in communities that experience hardship including those in drought or fire affected areas.

They provide a vital community space where people can reconnect, assist each other, work on projects and help their community.

Community groups and local councils can apply for a grant of up to $60,000 to build a new Men’s Shed or for a grant of up to $30,000 to refurbish an existing Men’s Shed.

Priority will be given to projects from vulnerable communities, especially those affected by fire or drought.

Applications close on Friday 27 May 2016.

For more information visit http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-business-and-community/community-involvement/men-in-the-community/mens-sheds

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“We are proud to support Men’s Sheds as they help enhance the physical and mental well-being of members, which has a positive impact on them, their families and the overall community.”

“I strongly encourage Council and local community groups to take a look at the guidelines and apply.”

“As a space for people to connect, Men’s Sheds helps strengthen communities and connect people with important services.”

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