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A grant of £5,000 has been awarded from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) to Storeroom2010’s Cowes Men’s Shed to help those in need across the Isle of Wight.

The funding has been made available from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and is being administered by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

The grant will enable Cowes Men’s Shed to continue to support 91 members (both men and women) across the Isle of Wight by providing a number of community facilities in a safe, well-supervised area as well as to continue their outreach programme.

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The Shed’s Project Leader has undertaken mental health, counselling and suicide prevention training and is able to utilise these skills. Storeroom2010’s Cowes Men’s Shed are providing a haven to people who are falling through the cracks and, whilst not necessarily physically ill, may be experiencing mental health issues as a result of COVID-19. Engaging members in the Shed gardens has had a noticeably therapeutic effect. Many members do not have access to a garden and are too frightened to travel to any public green spaces. Allowing them to enjoy the sunshine, the bird song and other wildlife is a breath of fresh air that is having a positive effect on members’ physical and mental health.

Drawing people together to safely participate in community projects in the workshop fosters a sense of camaraderie and giving something back to the community. It really is about building up the confidence and self-worth of people who have faced a series of hardships during this ongoing period of Covid-19.

Adam Martin, Project Leader, said:

“Thank you very much to DCMS, NET and HIWCF for providing this funding, which is essential to ensure that we are able to carry out our work to make a real difference to people’s lives”.

Jonathan Cheshire OBE, HIWCF Chairman commented:

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“We are delighted to be able to support Storeroom2010’s Cowes Men’s Shed in their work to help those in need in the local community. Local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are providing a lifeline to those less fortunate, and it is heartening to see that these organisations have reacted so quickly and have been so resourceful in the face of the pandemic. The vital services that these organisations provide are more crucial now than ever before but are under threat more than at any other time. HIWCF is continuing to raise funding for charities across our region, for which donations can be made to the ‘We’re All Together’ Fund: ”.

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More wasted money that will have to be paid back, mostly by those who will never gain from such projects.

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