Boost for men’s sheds


John Boulton, Ray Wright and Dennis Eatott and members at Mandurah Men’s Shed.
John Boulton, Ray Wright and Dennis Eatott and members at Mandurah Men’s Shed.

The aim of the cash injection is to help develop the program at more than 150 sheds across WA, including Falcon, Mandurah and Pinjarra.

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said it would help the organisation continue to improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of men across WA.

“The WA Men’s Shed Association has a proven track record of helping men of all ages connect with each other and the wider community,” he said.

“Research shows that many men find it hard to discuss their thoughts and emotions.

“The modern Men’s Shed gives them an opportunity to get involved in social activities in a friendly, non-judgmental environment.

Health Minister Kim Hames said research had identified significant benefits from the establishment of Men’s Sheds. “We are proud to support this initiative because Men’s Sheds help men to help themselves,” he said.

“A 2013 study by beyondblue found shed members registered improved scores for vitality and physical and mental health.

“Just as important, it found the nature of shed activities means they are more likely to be aware of and to talk about their mental and physical health challenges.”

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