There are currently 16 Men’s Sheds in Wexford and they are being encouraged to apply for the funding of €23,188 which has been allocated to Wexford County Council.
Minister Michael D’Arcy told WexfordToday.com; “Men’s Sheds are a worldwide movement which encourages men to talk about their feelings in order to improve mental health and well-being.
“Local Men’s Sheds here in Wexford create a space where men can discuss health issues and emotions while engaging in purposeful activities.
“The sheds are in urban and rural areas across the country and promote the health and wellbeing of members by combating issues such as loneliness and isolation, while creating a culture where men can discuss their thoughts and feelings without stigma.
“They are a great example of a positive community based organisation that promotes good citizenship through good works.”
Capital funding provides small grants to individual Men’s Sheds to enable them to purchase equipment or carry out minor works to improve their shed.
Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring said: “In recent years, Men’s Sheds have become a fixture of life in towns and villages throughout Ireland. There are now approximately 350 around the country and 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.”
It is essential that the individual local sheds apply for this funding. Applications will have to be made to the Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) by August 31st.
The Irish Men’s Shed Association will also be in touch with individual Men’s Sheds to provide them with details on how to apply.
For details on the men’s sheds located in your area, please visit the website of the Irish Men’s Shed Association (www.menssheds.ie)
There are approximately 350 men’s sheds in Ireland, with a total of 400 across Ireland and Northern Ireland.