Peter Mac Men’s Shed among funding recipients

Peter Mac Men’s Shed among funding recipients
Sean Car

North Melbourne’s Peter Mac Men’s Shed is one of 30 facilities of its kind around the state to have received funding as part of the Victorian Government’s recent $1 million grants program.

Announced on September 8 during Men’s Shed Week, the government provided grants of up to $80,000 to 30 Men’s Sheds across the state, with the local shed at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre receiving $4400 which it hopes to put towards the installation of a new toilet.

The new space opened in the medical precinct last year and serves as a pop-in centre for men who are receiving cancer treatment, as well as a hub for the local community providing DIY projects, support services and guest speakers.

With the support from accommodation provider Scape, Peter Mac was able to repurpose the bike shed at Atira Apartments with a workbench, tools, lights, heaters, couches, and a kitchen.

Men’s Sheds groups like the one at Peter Mac create practical and engaging spaces which support local communities in many ways, such as running first-aid courses, building picnic tables for local schools and making toys for local childcare groups.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Colin Brooks said Men’s Sheds played an important role in providing a welcoming place for social connection, to learn new skills and contribute to the community and improve wellbeing.

The Peter Mac Men’s Shed is located at 3 Bedford Place, North Melbourne. •

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