Pika Wiya gains funding for new men's shed

GRANT: Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation has gained $144,500 to build a men's shed.
GRANT: Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation has gained $144,500 to build a men's shed.

The Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation will get its own men's shed thanks to a grant worth $144,500 from the federal government's Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The men's shed will be located at Pika Wiya's Dartmouth Street base, with hopes to have the facility up and running by the end of the year.

Pika Wiya Interim CEO Robert Wallace said the grant has provided a fantastic opportunity.

"It's a project that has been in development for 18 months, so it is a good outcome for our community," Mr Wallace said. "This funding is going to allow us to progress it fairly quickly."

Men's sheds are available across Australia, providing a safe and friendly environment for men to work on meaningful projects, such as restoring bicycles, fixing lawn mowers and making cubby houses.

The sheds aim to help men open up about their feelings and emotions to combat isolation, loneliness and depression.

Mr Wallace said the men's shed would support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal men in Pika Wiya's catchment area.

"It will provide men with a range of activities and social interaction opportunities to come together and work on projects together," he said. "It is a program designed to keep our Aboriginal men fit and healthy."

The federal government grant through the BBRF will be matched by a 50 per cent contribution from Pika Wiya.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said projects like Pika Wiya's men's shed make regional communities even better places to live, work and raise families.

"The construction of this new facility will provide space and an environment for Pika Wiya to deliver a wide range of engagement programs based on traditional practices, including yarning circles and woodcarving," Mr Ramsey said.

"It will work toward supporting participants to improve their health literacy, access to health services and connectiveness to other males.

"We are certainly looking for better results in combatting suicide, diabetes and promoting mental health."