New funding grant for Darwin’s Men’s Shed

The Coalition Government is providing funding for Darwin’s Men’s Shed for first aid training and equipment.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the funding will support men’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“The Darwin Men’s Shed would help men, particularly as they got older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions,” Senator Scullion said.

“This funding round helps Men’s Sheds to buy tools and equipment, support community projects and training, maintain or develop their buildings, or create local activities to improve men’s health.

“The $4970 grant will mean a lot to the Darwin Men’s Shed members and the broader community and I congratulate them on their success.”

Darwin Men’s Shed president Peter Hendry said; “it was fantastic for our Shed to be one of the recipients of these competitive grants as it will enable us to not only purchase new equipment and materials but also provide the opportunity for members to obtain or update our first aid qualifications. This was certainly great news following on from our official opening at the Casuarina site back in August.”

Senator Scullion said Men’s Sheds provide a sense of community, a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men.

“Members have an opportunity to pass their skills to others, learn new things, or just catch up regularly with other men in the community for a chat and a cup of tea,” Senator Scullion said.

This grant funding is part of the $5.1 million the Federal Government has provided to the Australian Men’s Shed Association through to 2018-19 to support the national network of Men’s Sheds.

Details of all successful grant recipients from this National Shed Development Programme funding round are available at www.mensshed.org.