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New tools for men’s shed

Friday, 11th March, 2016

West Darling Art’s Kathy Graham, men’s shed participants John Sloane and Troy Kennedy and Lifeline BH Gambling Help counsellor, Greg Pearce are all grateful for the recent grant from the Warru Wi Gambling Help Service. West Darling Art’s Kathy Graham, men’s shed participants John Sloane and Troy Kennedy and Lifeline BH Gambling Help counsellor, Greg Pearce are all grateful for the recent grant from the Warru Wi Gambling Help Service.

The local men’s shed has received a grant to help upgrade their tool collection thanks to the Lifeline.

The men’s shed received $5,000 from the Warru Wi Gambling Help Service which is co-ordinated locally through Lifeline.

Lifeline communications co-ordinator Jonnah Ortega said this was positive for the men’s group.

“The men, involved in the shed, do a lot.

“So the funding will help in terms of resources.

“We were able to secure the grant due to running the Warru Wi Gambling Help Service.”

Jonnah said the grant would enable the men to purchase equipment to help them make different items.

“The men’s shed is involved in a lot of community projects and this will go a long way,” she said.

“It’s a great space for men to come together and create wonderful art and pieces.

“Men might be at home and want to be creative, the men’s shed provides that connectivity and an outlet.”

Lifeline BH Gambling Help counsellor, Greg Pearce said they will be able to run gambling help services with the men’s shed.

“The participants in the men’s shed will become spokesmen for the gambling services.”

Men’s shed participants John Sloane and Troy Kennedy said the shed was important for improving aspect of health.

“The men’s shed is about socialising and it helps our mental health,” John said.

“This donation will help to get the ball rolling on furniture we are looking to make.

“We will use it to purchase power tools and hopefully get donations of wood and other materials.”

The men’s shed runs on Monday - Wednesday from 9am-2pm.

For more information visit the Centre for Community in Blende Street.

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