Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Men’s Shed will receive $7000 grant Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest by NOTA - December 30, 2015 The Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Men’s Shed will receive $7000 to promote and support men’s health and well-being, Paterson MP Bob Baldwin announced last week. Colin Ayres, John Sells and Grant Hickey from Tea Garden Hawks Nest Mens Shed. The grant is part of the Turnbull Government’s ongoing commitment to more than 100 men’s sheds across Australia. Announcing the grant, Mr Baldwin said the funding would support Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Men’s Shed activities and programs, the purchase of tools and equipment and shed buildings. “Men’s Shed provide a place where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time and gather together in a safe and friendly and inclusive environment,” Mr Baldwin said. “They reduce social isolation, strengthen communities and contribute to improvements in the health if individual men, particularly the mental health of retired older men.” Under the National Shed development program, all men’s sheds in Australia can apply for up to $8,000 in funding, with priority given to sheds in rural and remote areas and in areas of disadvantage. The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) manages the National Shed Development Programme. AMSO will open a new round of funding for Men’s Sheds in early 2016. Details can be found at www.mensshed.org/home/.aspx Queries on the application process for the programme can be directed to AMSA – phone 1300 550 009.