Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister of State, Andrew Doyle, has welcomed a total funding of €14,600 for Men’s Sheds organisations across Wicklow.
Speaking on the announcement, Minister Doyle said, “Men’s Sheds have become a vital part many towns and villages here in Wicklow, by providing a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share their skills and connect with their communities through the projects they work on.”
“They are a great example of a positive community based organisation that promotes good citizenship through good work”.
In Wicklow, men’s sheds to receive funding include; Arklow Men’s Community Shed (Tools and projects for Arklow Tidy Towns €1,591.00), Vale of Avoca Men’s Shed (Avoca Community Centre facilities for cookery lessons, woodwork training skills and improve electrical appliances €1,200), Baltinglass €1,400. Blessington €1,200, Greystones €1,400, Newtownmountkennedy and Newcastle €1,900, Rathnew €2,200, Roundwood €2,000, Shelton Abbey €1,500, Tinahely €1,300 and Wicklow €1700.
These funds will go directly to the Men’s Shed’s to enable individual Shed’s to update their facilities by purchasing equipment or by carrying out minor works to improve their shed.
Minister Doyle added, “The Men’s Shed is a unique organisation which combines community education and health promoting activities to enhance the well-being of its members. I want to commend the work that is being done by so many Men’s Shed organisations locally across Wicklow and positive impact the organization has on its members”