The Federal Government is continuing its support of men’s health in Nicholls by providing three local groups with financial assistance in the latest round of the National Shed Development program.

Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said three Men’s Sheds in Nicholls were successful with their applications for grant funding in round 21 of the NSD program:

  • Seymour Men’s Shed: $2250 for site improvements;
  • Rushworth Men’s Shed: $1200 for first aid training and seminars; and
  • Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed: $600 for a range of safety equipment.

“Men’s Sheds are an integral part of our local communities,” Mr Drum said.

“This Federal Government will continue to support Men’s Sheds across the country, including here in Nicholls, as part of our comprehensive approach to improving the health of Australian men and boys.

“This latest funding means Men’s Shed can buy new equipment or provide training to their members, allowing them to broaden their skills, in turn benefiting the wider community.”

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said it was important shed members felt valued and remained connected to their community despite disconnection stemming from COVID-19.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that even during the pandemic, members can stay in touch and continue to providing meaningful contributions to their communities,” Mr Hunt said.

Minister for Regional Health, Mark Coulton said there were more than 1000 Men’s Sheds nationally.

“Men’s Sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health,” Mr Coulton said.

“They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections.”

Including today’s announcement, the Federal Government has provided $6.4 million in grant funding to support Men’s Sheds since 2013.

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