A grant acquisition from the NSW state government has served to upgrade equipment and facilities at the Cootamundra Men’s Shed (CMS).
The CMS was successful in obtaining a grant though the CGRC Stronger Communities Fund and has already made significant on-site improvements such as a new concrete floor in the welding area.
Since its inception in 2005, the CMS has been a support network for men experiencing loss, mental health issues or simply needing companionship whilst mentoring young adults from probation and parole from the juvenile justice system who are on court ordered community service by offering new skills and friendship in a non-judgmental environment.
In total, over $10,000 was granted to the group.
Speaking with council representatives last week, Cootamundra Men’s Shed President John Ashcroft said the equipment purchases would enhance and diversify the metal work section of the shed, giving members a wider range of activities to be a part of.
“We hope with the implementation of this new equipment our group will be able to generate sufficient income to maintain our self-funded status and add diversity for our members,” Mr Ashcroft said.
Equipment purchases include a new metal lathe, commercial quality grinder, air compressor and plasma cutter.
Mr Ashcroft also pointed to the numerous and varying interests of CMC members and stated the grant has allowed them develop more innovation pastimes.
CGRC Administrator Stephen Sykes praised the extraordinary success of Men’s Sheds across the state and hailed their role in raising awareness about men’s mental health and wellbeing.
“As a council we are extremely pleased to have been able to grant these funds to the Cootamundra Men’s Shed movement so they can continue to offer and grow the services now provided,” Mr Sykes said.
Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson MP also lent her support to the CMC, saying improved facilities would greatly benefit the growth of the organisation.
“It’s fantastic when community organisations have the equipment and facilities they need to provide a better experience for their members, and also to help grow their membership base.”