Men's Sheds urged to apply for funds
Men's Shed branches across North and Mid-Cork have been encouraged to apply for a share of a €500,000 funding pot to help cover costs of projects they are undertaking.
The money has been made available under a grant allocation announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Michael Ring, aimed at building on the work already being undertaken on a voluntary basis by Men's Shed groups.
Local Fine Gael county councillor John Paul O'Shea said the capital funding would enable individual groups to purchase new equipment or carry out minor improvement works to their premises.
He said that last year 22 Men's Sheds successfully applied for grant funding, sharing almost €32,000 between them for the purchase of equipment and maintenance works.
"Men's Sheds have become central to some 400 communities throughout Ireland, providing and invaluable service by helping to tackle social isolation and in turn strengthening local communities. This funding is a recognition of the contribution these groups make to life in Cork and indeed across the entire country," said Cllr O'Shea.
"Companionship and a sense of place is vital to our mental well-being, and the sheds provide a space where healthy connections are made and nurtured. I want all of the Cork groups affiliated to the Irish Men's Sheds Association to avail of this funding," he added.
Cllr O'Shea added the funding was open to Women's Sheds.