Supporting Men’s Health With Men’s Shed Boost

  • Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers

The Andrews Labor Government is building or upgrading men’s sheds for communities all over Victoria.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today opened this year’s Men’s Shed grant applications while visiting the Banyule Men’s Shed, which has now been serving the community and supporting men in the area for ten years.

The Labor Government is investing nearly $900,000 to build, upgrade or refurbish men’s sheds, which play a key role safeguarding the emotional and social health and wellbeing of Victorian men.

Men’s sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, form friendships and give back to their community. There are more than 360 sheds across Victoria.

Among many things, the Banyule Men’s Shed members use their shed to support their community by hand making toys for the local playgroup and making repairs to furniture brought in.

The grants will build and upgrade sheds across the state, so more people in the community can benefit from the valuable services and companionship a men’s shed offers.

Men’s shed groups can apply for grants of up to $80,000 for the construction of a new shed or the replacement, extension and refurbishment of an existing shed.

The Labor Government provides $1 million to support men’s sheds in Victoria each year, which includes $116,000 to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

For information about the 2019-20 Men’s Shed Grant program and how to apply, visit: http://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program

As stated by Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“We’re supporting men’s sheds across the state, to help more Victorians form friendships, work on common projects and contribute to their community.”

“Men’s sheds can have extraordinary benefits to men’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, and provide support to their local communities through volunteer work.”

As noted by Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

“The Banyule Men’s Shed is a perfect example of the incredible impact a men’s shed can have on its members and the community. These grants will support men’s sheds to expand and encourage growth in their membership numbers.”

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