Monday March 9, 2015
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today announced and presented a $10,000 NSW Government grant to purchase resources and ongoing support equipment for the Cecil’s Place St Clair Men’s Shed. The grant was made available through the Office of the Minister for Mental Health, The Hon Jai Rowell MP.
Minister Rowell said he was delighted to be able to provide much needed funding for the project. Men’s Sheds have proven to be a really successful way of bringing men together to talk about issues and to unite to assist the local community with project work that would normally not be financially viable to pursue.
“Tanya has been consistently pushing for funding to help upgrade St Clair Men’s Shed, and we’re proud to be able to offer this much needed financial support.
Tanya Davies said she had long been an advocate for the St Clair Men’s Shed, having witnessed first-hand the exceptional work they do in supporting local community and to connect with one another and maintain a positive mental outlook.
“St Clair Men’s Shed performs fantastic work in the local community, including working with local high school students, and I know this funding will go a long way in supporting them to expand their capacity,” Ms Davies said.
“I’m delighted to be able to offer the St Clair Men’s Shed team with this funding, and I know it will have a tremendous impact in supporting our local community.”
Peter Carney, Youth Development Worker coordinating the St Clair Youth Project activities with the Men’s shed said “Tanya has supported the work of the Men’s Shed from the start. The men that attend the Shed have been great mentors for the young men in our Young Blokes Group run out of St Clair Youth Centre while we take on a Gardening Project. Each night I have enjoyed the conversations, support and laughs. The Men’s Shed is so important in connecting these generations and I am amazed by the diversity of involvement they have with the community, mentoring in the local High Schools and completing odd jobs for vulnerable people just to name a few”.