January 19, 2016

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.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the new round of funding for new Men’s Sheds and refurbishments today while visiting the Buninyong Men’s Shed, which services the regional communities around Scotsburn which was affected by fires in December.

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 rebuild their community.  Of the 234 Men’s Sheds funded through the Men’s Shed program, around 58 are in fire, drought or flood-affected communities.

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 Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“Community spaces such as men’s sheds play a vital role in the rebuilding process for fire or drought affected communities.”

“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.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The Buninyong Men’s Shed plays an important role in our community, and is helping as we rebuild following December’s fire.”

“As a space for people to connect, this Shed helps strengthen our community’s health and well-being and connect them with important services.”