Funding keeps the doors open
MEN receiving vital assistance from The Shed at Emerton will breath a sigh of relief this week after funding was restored for the next 12 months.
The Shed co-ordinator Rick Welsh was notified last Monday that The Shed would have the money it needed to continue on a temporary basis, just weeks before he was set to be out of a job.
The community project, run from Western Sydney University, received a letter on Christmas Eve saying all funding was being cut off and directed through local health networks.
The Shed was forced to reapply for the tender, which was successful.
“It’s definitely a relief,” Mr Welsh said.
Acting as a hub between men at risk and the 28 agencies it is partnered with, The Shed helps many men through their homelessness, family law service and efforts to keep local Aboriginal families together.
Chifley federal Labor MP Ed Husic said he called the federal Health Minister to fight for funding when he heard it would be cut off.
“We had to fight every step of the way to keep the Emerton Men’s Shed open – while today’s announcement is terrific news, the sad reality is that it only keeps the doors open for 12 months,” Mr Husic said.
Mr Welsh was also frustrated that funding continued to come in 12-month waves, because it did not offer the stability needed to hire staff or make long-term commitments
“When you look at the complexities and trauma ... we have to look at what services we can provide ourselves,” Mr Welsh said.
Staff worker Donald Mulholland and client Orrey Baxter with Rick Welsh at The Shed, Emerton.