Monday, 22 August 2016 08:30

Council lends a hand to Sunnybank District Community Men’s Shed

 

Council is supporting the vital work of the Sunnybank District Community Men’s Shed in Sunnybank Hills with more than $20,000 provided to the group to continue supporting local men doing it tough.

Runcorn Ward Councillor Kim Marx said the Men’s Shed group was one of six across Brisbane benefiting from Council’s Men’s Shed Grants Program this year.

“Council is proud to support the Men’s Shed initiative in Brisbane, which provides a safe, supportive and friendly environment for men to gather, volunteer, work, and chat with like-minded people,” Cr Marx said.

“This national initiative gives men the chance to learn new skills such as woodworking and mechanics, while at the same time learning about health programs and other social services available to them.

“These groups play an important role in strengthening community ties while allowing men to stand shoulder to shoulder with others facing similar issues in their life.

“Council’s grants program supports these groups by providing funding for to improve their facilities, kick-start new projects or purchase new equipment and materials.

The Sunnybank District Community Men’s Shed has received more than $20,000 to build a roof to link its two sheds for an outdoor meeting and work area at the shed facility.

Cr Kim Marx said the Sunnybank District Community Men’s Shed was a vital organisation in the community, providing support to men of all cultural and economic backgrounds across Sunnybank Hills.

This shed works closely with members of the Sunnybank RSL Sub Branch and the Sunnybank District Uniting Church. The shed members also work closely with the members of the Sunnybank Community Garden.

Since 2009, Council’s Men’s Shed Grants program has provided $635,879 to more than 40 Men’s Sheds across the city.

For more information on the Men’s Shed Grants Program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.