Men’s sheds peak body cash woes
The future of Men’s Sheds WA continues to be under threat due to funding instability, according to the organisation’s leaders.
The organisation has been forced to run on small, short- term grants and is facing recruitment and resourcing challenges as State Government funding expires at the end of this year.
Men’s Sheds WA executive officer Gary Bryant said job losses were imminent if longterm funding could not be secured.
“We wouldn’t be able to employ anyone and the viability of our organisation would be threatened,” he said.
“This would result in little support for the individual men’s sheds across WA.”
A joint funding commitment between the Department of Health and the Department of Communities ended in June 2017.
The overarching body represents about 180 individual men’s shed committees operating across the State, including 125 in regional WA. It provides services to them including access to more financial and other resources, liaising with local government and Worksafe and other involved administrative tasks.
Men’s Sheds WA said it was now in talks with the Department of Communities about funding streams beyond December, and had received no response as yet from the Department of Health about a requested three- to- five year commitment of money.
After the joint funding agreement ended, the Government approved occasional funding extensions, with the latest grant of $ 150,000 from the Department of Communities issued at the beginning of this financial year due to expire at the end of December.
Mr Bryant said it would be ideal for the two departments to share responsibility for funding Men’s Sheds.
“We need a three or five- year service agreement to be able to plan for our future,” he said.