Gov't grants hammer home importance of Men's Sheds

AUSTRALIAN men looking to pick up a tool and have a chinwag were able to access greater resources with the Men's Shed community a beneficiary of $400,000 in grants from the Federal Government.

Over 100 sheds around the country were able to purchase tools and equipment, undertake community projects and maintain and develop buildings through round 17 of the Government's National Shed Development Programme.

The sheds were also able to offer a space for men to talk about their health and mental wellbeing.

"Men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority," Minister for Health Greg Hunt said.

"(And) feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health and Men's Sheds provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community.

"Men's Sheds have been a real success story in promoting health and wellbeing for Australian men and I am delighted to award these grants."

The grants - awarded across the categories of health and wellbeing events, shed improvements and equipment - are a part of a massive $5.1 million, three-year boost to the Men's Shed movement.


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