Expanded men's shed brings community together - Helping Hand

Expanded men’s shed brings community together

The new and improved Men’s Shed at Helping Hand’s Lealholme aged care home in Port Pirie, which will allow more men from throughout the community to use it, will officially open on Tuesday 27 November.

A $6950 grant from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, along with investment from Helping Hand, has enabled an expansion which includes a larger concrete area, a new electric barbecue, solid shade sails and fencing.

It can now be used by the broader community, including those living with disability, for a wider range of activities year-round.

A chicken coop and small animal yard have also been added, thanks to these changes, allowing residents to enjoy regular nurturing experiences of visiting animals.

Woodwork, such as creating wooden toys and novelty items, will be offered in the Men’s Shed and other activity ideas include furniture restoration and repair, tile work and darts. Projects will change over time in response to the interests of those attending.

The Men’s Shed will be officially opened by Port Pirie Regional Council Mayor Leon Stephens, with groups such as Uniting Country SA’s Disability Services Team, and Helping Hand Community Care clients attending and enjoying a celebratory barbecue.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsay said this project was just one example of how the Stronger Communities Program is helping to improve lives throughout the Upper Spencer Gulf and Flinders Ranges by providing grants of between $2500 and $20,000 for small capital projects.

“Men are talking about their health more and more, and men’s sheds provide a safe and friendly environment for them to do so. Men’s sheds are integral to the community and the benefits to men’s health are widely acknowledged,” Mr Ramsey said.

Helping Hand is keen to welcome a variety of community groups in to the space. If any community groups would like to talk to Helping Hand about accessing the space and initiating programs and projects – please call Residential Services Manager Shirley Waldhuter on 8633 3233.

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