The Kalamunda Men’s Shed has recently been awarded a grant of $879.00 from the Turnbull Government for Tools, Equipment, Community Projects and Training under the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.
Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP today congratulated the Men’s Shed for its successful application for the grant.
“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Kalamunda shed offers great benefits to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Mr Wyatt said.
“The Turnbull Government recognises these benefits and is providing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national men’s sheds movement.”
Kalamunda Men’s Shed will use its government grant to install a motorized projection screen among other things.
“Men are talking about their health more and more, and the men’s shed provides a safe and friendly environment for them to do so. Men’s sheds are integral to the community and the benefits to men’s health are widely acknowledged,” said Mr Wyatt.
In 2016, the rate of suicide among Australian males was more than three times that of females.
“Although mental illness affects both men and women, men are less likely to seek help or talk about their feelings,” said Mr Wyatt
“Feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health and every day Men’s Sheds around the country provide men with an opportunity for companionship”.
The grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.