THE URALLA Men’s Shed has gained $42,000 in community grants from the Regional Australia Bank and state and federal government for a shed extension project.

From left: Recipients of community grants Greg McClenahan, president Gordon Stewart, Bruce Stubberfield and Richard Hole at the Uralla Men's Shed. The grants will be used to extend the floor and build another shed.

From left: Recipients of community grants Greg McClenahan, president Gordon Stewart, Bruce Stubberfield and Richard Hole at the Uralla Men's Shed. The grants will be used to extend the floor and build another shed.

THE URALLA Men’s Shed has gained $42,000 in community grants from the Regional Australia Bank and state and federal government for a shed extension project.

An $8000 grant from the Stronger Communities Programme will ensure an extension to a current slab before the installation of a frame and room are completed.

Uralla Men’s Shed president Gordon Stewart said that the group provides support and friendship to many men and women in the community.

“There are a number of men here, as everywhere, who are alone and fellows who are not alone but are at a bit of a loss as to what to do so the shed gives them a place to congregate and meet.

Fellas come here to be together, for friendship and fellowship.

We’ve come to play a fairly major role in the lives of a number of fellows,” he said. 

Mr Stewart hopes that the extension will allow them to run a mentoring program for disadvantaged youth and has been in discussion with local schools.

He hopes the program will be available early next year.

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