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Our grant means Morpeth Men’s Shed can continue to grow and support men in the Hunter.

Thursday, 14 February, 2019

Morpeth Men’s Shed has officially opened its new space with the fit out of facilities supported by a $52,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation. Weekly meetings for the group of over 100 men have previously been held in the Morpeth Uniting Church Hall. The new dedicated space will allow the Shed to continue to grow and accommodate the needs of all of its members.

“This new facility allows us to further support and promote the health and wellbeing of men in our community through information, education and awareness. We can now accommodate more men from our area, and we have a space with improved accessibility, functionality and opening hours,” said Morpeth Men’s Shed Secretary, Paul Lindeman.

“The shed previously operated only one day a week, this new facility allows for a five day a week operation and offers full disability access for those with special mobility needs,” Paul said.

The Men’s Shed aims to support men in the local area who are at risk of isolation as a result of retirement, loss of employment or injury and have lost direction and the social interaction with other men. This often leads to a loss of self-esteem, depression and other physical and mental health issues.

Members are encouraged to participate in a range of activities from enjoying a simple cup of tea, to cooking classes, computer training or carpentry work. The members who have the necessary skills are encouraged to become involved in passing these skills on to others, creating a sense of belonging within the group.

“The new shed is fit for purpose and not only has functional spaces for practical work but will also have a computer training facility which is just another way we can encourage our members to engage in a number of social, creative and recreational opportunities,” Paul added.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair, Phil Neat said the Men’s Shed movement is a highly valued asset in our community and the Charitable Foundation recognises this.

“For 10 years the Morpeth Men’s Shed has contributed to the Morpeth and surrounding region. This new facility, built through community support shows the tremendous value of the movement. It’s a credit to all involved and I am sure with this new shed there will be many more success stories,” Phil said.

“Men’s sheds address social isolation, promote inclusiveness and contribute a large and positive impact to those struggling with mental illness. A men’s shed is an important space for a community like Morpeth and we are pleased we can support this project,” Phil said.

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