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Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon announced yesterday that 51 more Men's sheds in communities across Australia will receive funding to upgrade their facilities or buy new equipment and tools. The announcement comes during Men's health week, a promotional campaign which aims to empower people on the frontline of health to work with and reach out to local men and boys.
Under its National Male Health Policy, the Australian Government funds the Australian Men's Shed Association to run the Shed development program, which includes $250,000 a year over three years to directly assist Men's sheds, plus $125,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander shed activities.
'Men's sheds are more than just a place for blokes to do some woodworking and have a cuppa. They offer a welcoming environment where men can find support when they need it,' Minister Snowdon said.
'In this funding round, we looked at giving priority to sheds that are committed to working with local councils, community health services, welfare organisations, men's health services and other community services. Through these important community links, more socially disadvantaged or isolated men can benefit from the supportive atmosphere of their local Men's shed. The funding particularly supports sheds that have been established in areas of high unemployment and where social isolation and disadvantage are most common,' he said.
'We provide the money for the set up and tools, but it's the men and their mateship that make these sheds work,' Mr Snowdon said. Since 2010, the Australian Government has awarded grants to 211 Men's sheds across the nation in recognition of the important work that Men's sheds do in their communities.
Round 6 of the grants program is now open and will close on Friday 26 July 2013.
Source: Minister for Indigenous Health