Ber­ri­gan Men’s Shed gets a share of federal funds

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Ber­ri­gan’s Men’s Shed is among sev­eral across the Far­rer elec­torate to be al­lo­cated federal fund­ing.

Along with Lee­ton and How­long sheds, it re­ceived a share of $400,000 in grants.

The fund­ing is de­signed to as­sist with the de­liv­ery of pro­grams within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and in response to lo­cal needs, and is al­lo­cated un­der the Na­tional Shed De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme.

Fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions can sup­port items such as: Tools and equip­ment, purpose built workspaces, im­prove­ments to ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties, costs in­curred to un­der­take ac­tiv­i­ties that raise aware­ness of pre­ventable health prob­lems, pro­mote or sup­port the health and well­be­ing of mem­bers and costs as­so­ci­ated with pro­vi­sion of train­ing, sem­i­nars or un­der­tak­ing ma­jor com­mu­nity projects.

In pro­mot­ing the re­cent grant an­nounce­ments, Mem­ber for Far­rer and Min­is­ter for Health Sus­san Ley said the Men’s Shed Pro­gramme is pro­vid­ing ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity at large.

‘‘Sev­eral of our com­mu­ni­ties are ben­e­fit­ing from the projects un­der­taken in the sheds and fam­ily ties are be­com­ing stronger with hap­pier and health­ier men.

‘‘Men’s Sheds re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly for older men and men liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas, en­abling pos­i­tive so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, en­hanc­ing health and well­be­ing in the men who at­tend.’’

A fur­ther fund­ing round un­der the shed pro­gram is ex­pected to be called soon, with de­tails avail­able at www.mensshed.org.

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