Struggle for Men?s Shed
A SERVICE lending Tweed men a hand when it comes to health and well-being issues is facing financial uncertainty.
The distinctive Tweed Shire Mobile Men's Shed might be off the road at the end of this month if funding submissions to the federal government are unsuccessful.
A Save the Mobile Men's Shed Rally will be held on Tuesday, April 12 from 11am to 2pm at Chris Cunningham Park in Tweed Heads to highlight the plight of the service.
The rally will feature guest speakers, entertainment, sausage sizzle and a chance to speak to the service co-ordinator Rob Grimes and volunteers who run the shed.
The Men's Shed has been operating its outreach service to men and their families in the Tweed Shire for the past three years, and during this period they have provided direct assistance to over 2000 visitors and positively increased the profile of men's health and well-being issues in the shire.
"The mobile Men's Shed is a unique service developed in the Tweed brought about through a community effort to better understand the needs of men in our community and link them with local health and community services," said Mr Grimes.
"In addition to providing valuable support to men and their families in the community, the shed is a service that is greatly valued by other allied service providers in and around the Tweed area.
"The mobility and accessibility of the shed are clearly among its greatest assets. By going "to where the men are" and providing an informal, welcoming and non-clinical environment, men (and women) have felt safe and encouraged to utilise its services."