Gladstone Men’s Shed receives Government grant
Gladstone Men’s Shed has received $7070 as part of a Queensland Government grant scheme to help reduce the negative effects that droughts, disasters and other crises can have on regional communities.
The Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care (TRAIC) grants program was introduced last year and encourages community-based groups to develop and promote mental health support networks in regions affected by natural disasters.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the Gladstone Men’s Shed had been operating in the community for the past five years.
“The Men’s Shed caters for males of all ages, cultures and abilities including retirees, working men, unemployed and under employed,” Mr Butcher said.
“The grant will enable them to introduce new activities to broaden appeal to vulnerable men in our community.”
Gladstone Men’s Shed Association’s Ron Steen said the grant would make a huge difference for their members and see new activities introduced to help vulnerable men who have been isolated, have disabilities or suffered trauma.
“The timing of the grant is ideal as we’re moving into our new building, where there will be more room to accommodate additional members and the potential to develop new activities on top of the metalwork and timberwork currently undertaken,” Mr Steen said.
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14 October 2017.