Funding has been afforded to a number of local Men's Sheds with the Brawny, Coosan and Moate non-profit local organisations which provide a space for craftwork and social interaction to benefit from individual allocations of €1410 each.
Relaying the news, Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy, Peter Burke, noted that the relevant finance allocated to these Men's Sheds will assist the purchase of equipment or enhance the premises in which weekly gatherings take place.
“I am delighted to confirm that funding has been allocated locally to three Men’s Sheds, with each group being awarded €1410. They include Brawny, Coosan and Moate Men's Sheds.
“This funding will support these excellent local projects in the contribution they make to our local area. This capital funding will enable individual Men’s & Women’s Sheds to purchase equipment or to carry out minor works to improve their premises through the provision of small grants.
“I am delighted to see that Women’s Sheds have also received funding from the Government for the first time. I hope the number of Women’s Sheds continues to grow in the coming years. Unfortunately, we have none to date in Westmeath and I am hopeful that this can change in the coming years as the Women’s Shed movement continues to grow.
“Men’s and Women’s Sheds have become a vital element in the fabric of our communities and have done so much to tackle social isolation.