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Grant gives Woodgate men a shed of their own

THE Woodgate Men's Shed will have a new headquarters after BlueScope Steel awarded the group a $15,000 Help A Mate grant.

The grant means the group can build a shed which will serve as a headquarters at which the group can run activities for their members.

President Graham Black was overwhelmed by the grant and said he was grateful for BlueScope Steel's generous support.

"The grant will be an enormous help to finance what has been an extremely long and complicated project, three years in the making," Mr Black said.

"This donation really is the happy ending we have been hoping for. We are looking forward to providing more rewarding opportunities for our members to enjoy themselves while serving the community."

The Woodgate Men's Shed 70 members currently meet twice a month in one of the member's converted garages.

Members of the group take part in a variety of activities such as restoring furniture, fixing lawn mowers or building a kid's cubby house, as well as activities for members to share their wealth of knowledge and skills with each other.

The Men's Shed is originally an Australian development established in 2007 that has since gone worldwide.

Men's Sheds can be found right across Australia and aim to create opportunities for men to be productive, offer value to the community, connect with friends and feel good about themselves.

The new Colorbond steel shed will be fitted out with building equipment and a comfortable area where the men can meet and talk.

It also will be offered as a meeting space to other local groups such as the RSL Sub Branch, The Fishing Club and the Woodgate Easter Fair, as well as fitness classes and cooking groups for the elderly.

The Colorbond Help A Mate competition is one of the largest community programs of its kind that has called on people from all over Australia to nominate friends and family who require assistance to replace a damaged shed or to build a new one.

Topics:  men's shed, woodgate


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