For more than 15 years, the Lithgow Men’s Shed has provided a place for locals to have a chinwag over a cup of tea, chip away at a project, and challenge themselves to create or learn something new.
The Men’s Shed has recently purchased two Dell monitors, and replenished its stores of safety glasses and ear muffs, thanks to a $1,440 grant from the NSW Nationals in the federal government.
Nationals’ member for Calare Andrew Gee, who recently visited the Lithgow Men’s Shed, said the grant means members will be able to branch out from behind workbenches, jump online, and nail online skills.
“The COVID-19 pandemic showed us all how important it is to stay in touch with our families, friends, and colleagues. With the Lithgow Men’s Shed forced to close its doors for long stretches over the past year and a half, members are being encouraged to learn how to stay connected by jumping online,” Mr Gee said.
“The funding builds on a $6,000 federal government grant delivered last year to replace the original toilets, install new fluorescent lighting and purchase a Hammer planer-thicknesser.”
The funding was delivered by the National Shed Development Programme.