About 40 people attended a public meeting in Nambucca yesterday to brainstorm ideas on how to save the Men?s Shed
About 40 people attended a public meeting in Nambucca yesterday to brainstorm ideas on how to save the Men?s Shed

Men?s Shed needs more help



YESTERDAY'S meeting at the Nambucca Men's Shed was not a happy one.

Rather than discussing angle grinding techniques or how to use the plane, the talk was about the process of winding the place up if no funding came before May 10.

For many the closure would mean the loss of a vital irreplaceable support network.

Take Brad Fletcher. for example. Brad loves the Shed.

"It gets me out of bed in the morning and gives my parents a break and gives me people to chat to," he said yesterday.

Brad is 20-years-old, has spina bifida and is twoand-a-half years into a traineeship at the Shed.

And Karen Lydon. Her son Ryan is profoundly deaf and has mild cerebral palsy.

"Since starting at the Shed three months ago, he has stopped being depressed," Ms Lydon said.

Ms Lydon is a single mother, has disabilities and is full of praise for what the organisation gives her and her son.

But in spite of growing interest in the project nationwide, repeated grant applications and requests for funding continue to fall on seemingly deaf ears.

"We meet the needs of many disadvantaged groups but none of the government departments will help us ? it's too complicated for them," coordinator Stuart Holmes said. To lend your support to saving the Shed, phone 6568 5090.



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