Minister for Public Health and Wellbeing announces funding for the Irish Men’s Sheds Association
Last updated on 29 June 2023
The Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Hildegarde Naughton has marked Men’s Health Week by announcing funding of €250,000 to support the Irish Men’s Sheds Association.
The funding recognises the contribution of the Irish Men’s Sheds to their communities through their civic, recreational and social activities, and their positive impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of members.
The 435 local sheds are supported by the Association which provides information on Health and Safety, insurance, fundraising and general Shed administration.
The €250,000 announced today will help to support essential operational functions including the establishment of a National Shed Support and Information Line, the re-development of the website, production of a Shed Toolkit tailored to Irish Sheds, as well as the establishment of County Network Forums for Sheds to share and learn from each other.
Minister Naughton said:
“Men’s Sheds across Ireland are vibrant community spaces which bring people together to take part in useful and practical activities, to learn new skills or just simply to engage with others on a regular basis. The benefits from participating in Sheds can be far-reaching, from the improvements in men’s health and wellbeing, to helping the environment, and strengthening and enhancing communities. I am delighted to be able to support this essential work.”
Welcoming the funding, CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association Enda Egan, said:
“We are delighted with today’s announcement as Men’s Sheds have come through a lot in recent years and it’s such a boost for us in the Irish Men’s Sheds Association to know that the movement is on a sustainable footing. It allows for the completion of our strategic plan, which includes a new model of engagement with Sheds and an organisational structure which is in keeping with current best practice. This funding will help Sheds up and down the country, and their communities will benefit greatly.”
Chief Medical Officer Professor Breda Smyth said:
“Connecting with others is good for us, and Men’s Sheds provide a supportive environment for men to increase their social interactions and engage in structured health promotion programmes such as Sheds for Life.
“We know from research that males have higher death rates than females for almost all of the leading causes of death and at all ages, so initiatives like Men’s Sheds play a very important role in empowering men to take proactive steps to improve their health and wellbeing.”