Funding boost for Garnock Valley Men's Shed
Posted on 17 Sep 2018
A NEW community group who help support and enhance the wellbeing of men across the Garnock Valley has been given a huge funding boost.
The Garnock Valley Men’s Shed is one of the first recipients of North Ayrshire Council’s brand new pioneering Community Investment Fund (CIF) and will receive £28,000.
It will enable the group – set up in January 2018 – to develop their building and help with the running costs of a challenging and eventful first year.
Men’s Shed promote general wellbeing, continuing education and healthier lifestyles for men in the community who are looking to use their time constructively and enjoyably.
They provide free workshop space, tools and materials; music tuition; therapeutic woodwork courses; free bike repairs through Big BikeRevival funding (Cycling UK); model building workshops; free family sports and leisure opportunities with free food through ParkLives initiative and distribution of free food through Greggs unsold food donations.
And the underlying ambition of the group is to tackle inequality by reaching out to an isolated hard-to-reach group of men.
The CIF was set up by the Council to enable communities to address the priorities they have identified though Locality Planning Partnerships.
Each of the Council’s six localities have a percentage of an overall pot – based on population size – of £2.6 million.
Councillors are expected to approve the first raft of funding at a meeting of Cabinet on Tuesday.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The Community Investment Fund is a radical step for the Council. Devolving these funds to the Locality Partnerships, empowering them to invest money in their identified local priorities, is a first not only for us in North Ayrshire but for any local authority in Scotland.
“We are delighted to be supporting the Men’s Shed. They do a fantastic job of working with hard-to-reach men, giving them a focus and purpose which helps with their wellbeing and prospects moving forward.
"This is community empowerment in action, not just words. It gives meaningful power and resources to the Locality Partnerships, which are made up of local ward councillors and community representatives, to make a difference to their communities."
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