Men’s Sheds in Dublin Mid West are set to benefit from additional funding, which will assist with running costs such as heating, electricity utility and insurance bills, a local TD has said. “Men’s Sheds have been such a positive development for the local community and now play a huge role right across Ireland,” Deputy Emer Higgins said.
Higgins said “The local Men’s Sheds that qualify for this funding include those in Lucan, Clondalkin, Rathcoole, RAMS, Slade Valley, and Brookview/Fettercairn and I really encourage these groups to apply. This funding will help sustain these essential hubs where men can socialize, share skills, and work together on meaningful projects.”
“By providing a space for men to come together to meet, have a cup of tea and chat, they have helped tackle isolation and are a welcoming environment for men of all ages to come together to socialise, share skills and work together on projects. “This overall fund of €1 million will see 435 Men’s Sheds nationwide supported with grants of up to €3000. This is an increase on last year’s fund of €800,000, which demonstrates Fine Gael and the Government’s long-term commitment to supporting these impactful community led projects.”
“I am particularly pleased to see the overall funding increased, because the Men’s Shed movement was hit hard by the Covid pandemic, and as a direct result of that, attendance numbers have fallen. This funding will help the sustainability of our local Men’s Sheds and I would encourage men in Dublin to check out their local Men’s Shed to see what’s on offer.”