Men's Sheds across the Fleurieu Peninsula are being encouraged to apply for funding, as part of the latest round of the National Men's Shed Development Programme (NSDP).
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to more than 10 Men's Sheds, which each provide many community benefits including the promotion of men's health, charitable fundraising and offering a space for recreation and socialisation.
Funded by the federal government, round 21 of the NSDP aims to prioritise applications with a strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis, in acknowledgement of the impact of COVID-19 and the needs of Sheds in the recovery period.
Training and IT equipment will be also be prioritised under the programme to facilitate increased connectivity among Shed members.
Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan CSC said he encouraged all Men's Shed's across the region to apply.
"Men's Sheds are important initiatives that bring together local community members and provide support to those in need," Mr McLachlan CSC said.
"Now more than ever, it is critical to ensure all Shed members have access to a safe and inclusive environment where they feel supported and a strong sense of belonging.
"This funding can assist the Sheds located across Mayo to deliver programs that support the heath, wellbeing and safety of its members."
National Men's Shed Week was recently celebrated between September 28 and October 3, and Victor Harbor Men's Shed chairperson Dennis Williams told The Times, the role of sheds in the community was continuing to grow.
"Men's sheds are very important in relation to social isolation," Mr Williams said.
"Particularly for older, retired men who can often find themselves socially isolated because of factors being different compared to when they were in a professional working capacity.
"When they leave work, many men have to develop a different social network, and I think men's sheds provide that, as well as a creative outlet in terms of being able to learn and share new skills."
As part of the latest round of NSDP funding, Men's Sheds can apply for financial support in three categories:
- Category 1: Health, Wellbeing, and Events $8,000 maximum
- Category 2: Shed Improvements $8,000 maximum
- Category 3: Equipment $5,000 maximum
Applications for the current funding round close on Friday, November 27. For more information, visit: mensshed.org