$225,000 grants for WA Men's Shed Association
Program development at more than 150 sheds across State
Support services for men in Western Australia will be bolstered by $225,000 in State Government funding for the WA Men's Shed Association over the next two years.
Announcing the funding at the Fremantle Men's Community Shed, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said it would help the organisation continue to improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of men across the State.
"The WA Men's Shed Association has a proven track record of helping men of all ages connect with each other and the wider community," Mr Simpson said.
"Research shows that many men find it hard to discuss their thoughts and emotions. The modern Men's Shed gives them an opportunity to get involved in social activities in a friendly, non-judgemental environment.
"This funding will enable the association to continue to develop and establish programs to suit men of all ages and from all walks of life."
Health Minister Kim Hames said research had identified significant benefits from the establishment of Men's Sheds.
"We are proud to support this initiative because Men's Sheds help men to help themselves," Dr Hames said.
"A 2013 study by beyondblue found shed members registered improved scores for vitality and physical and mental health. Just as important, it found the nature of shed activities means they are more likely to be aware of and to talk about their mental and physical health challenges.
"This sort of sharing not only lifts quality of life, it can potentially save lives."
The Australian Men's Shed Association recognises as a Men's Shed, any community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation accessible to all men. The first Western Australian Men's Sheds were developed more than 10 years ago in the South-West region. There are now more than 150 sheds, stretching from Albany in the south to Wyndham in the north.
Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300