Six Waterford Men’s Sheds are to receive funding under the Community Enhancement Programme to update their facilities by purchasing equipment or by carrying out minor works to improve their facilities, local Minister of State John Halligan TD has confirmed.
Deise Men’s Shed is to receive €1,400 for the purchase of a circular saw, flip saw and tool chest; Dungarvan Men’s Shed is to receive €1,400 to alter a window into a wheelchair accessible doorway; Kilbarry Men’s Shed is to receive €1,449 to purchase 8 bikes; Portlaw Men’s Shed will receive €1,449 for the purchase of tools and equipment; Waterford Men’s Shed will receive €1,449 to purchase timber and equipment to make picnic tables for the local community; and Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed will receive €1,449 to purchase two dust collectors.
“This funding initiative was developed in association with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association and specifically targets small-scale projects that our local Men’s Sheds might not otherwise have the funds for,” Minister Halligan commented.
“In recent years, Men’s Sheds have become an invaluable fixture of local communities throughout Ireland. They offer a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share skills, work on meaningful projects and connect with their communities."
"Men’s Sheds are renowned for their work on community projects, as well as their capacity to advance the health and wellbeing of individual members. This innovative combination of community education and health-promoting activities is a unique characteristic of the Men’s Shed movement. I have no doubt the local Men’s Sheds will put this funding to excellent use and I look forward to seeing its benefits in the coming months.”