Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has congratulated the Laurieton Men’s Shed and the Kendall Men’s Shed on securing Federal funding for new equipment.

Dr Gillespie said funding had been available under the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants programme to assist the local Men’s Sheds purchase new equipment to assist with the work of their volunteers.

“Local Men’s Sheds are an important part of our local community, particularly for the support they provide to men’s physical and mental health and wellbeing,” Dr Gillespie said.

“The Laurieton and Kendall Men’s Shed help many men on the Camden Haven, particularly as they got older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions.

“Men’s Sheds provide a sense of community, a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men.”

“Members have an opportunity to pass their skills to others, learn new things, or just catch up regularly with other men in the community for a chat and a cup of tea.”

Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie

Under the latest round of the Volunteer Grants programme, Laurieton Men’s Shed secured $1800 towards the cost of four new air cleaners to assist with keeping dust at bay for the volunteers and members of the shed

Kendall Men’s Shed has also received $4800 towards the cost of a new plasma cutter for cutting light gauge metals and also a small welding machine and shield, together with other small pieces of equipment to assist with small jobs.