The Federal Government is providing an early Christmas present to four Men’s Sheds in Barker by providing a total of $12,277 to continue to support the health of men through the National Shed Development Program (NSDP).

Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the decision to award the Mannum Community Men’s Shed with funding of $1,749.

“This funding will enable Mannum Community Men’s Shed to purchase new IT equipment and provide training to their members, allowing them to stay in touch as well as purchase and install a new security system.” Mr Pasin said.

Mannum Community Men’s Shed President Terry Udy said the Mannum Community Men’s Shed is a thriving community.

“This grant means that we can provide added security and support for any of our members when at the facility.” Mr Udy said.

“We are grateful for Tony Pasin’s ongoing support and this most recent Federal Government grant.” Mr Udy said.

Mr Pasin said it was vitally important that Shed Members felt valued and remained connected to their community during a period that was difficult for many Australians.

“Men’s Sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health. They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections,” Mr Pasin said.

“Since 2013, the Coalition Government has provided more than $6.4 million to support Men’s Sheds through the program.” Mr Pasin said.

Sheds are able to apply for funding and grants up to a total of $10,000, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.

Applications for Round 23 of the NSDP will be opened in mid-January 2022.