The Lithgow Men's Shed is adding IT to its toolbox, thanks to a $1440 federal government grant under the National Shed Development Program.
The funding will be used to purchase computer equipment to help members build up their computer confidence, and nail basic online skills.
The grant enabled the branch to buy two Dell monitors, and to replenish stores of safety glasses and ear muffs.
Federal Member of Calare, and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Andrew Gee, said the funding will help members of the local shed to learn valuable tech skills in a stress-free environment.
"More than 40 blokes belong to the Lithgow Men's Shed, part of a growing community of old and new mates who catch up to share knowledge, equipment, a cuppa, and a story or two," he said.
"The Lithgow Men's Shed is an invaluable part of the local community, helping members forge friendships, and finish bits and bobs for groups across the city.
"Now, members will be able to branch out from behind workbenches, and jump online, with the Shed home to two new computer monitors."
Mr Gee said COVID-19 showed the importance of using technology to stay in touch with loved ones.
"The Men's Shed was forced to close its doors for long stretches over the past year and a half, now members are being encouraged to learn how to stay connected by jumping online," he said.
The funding builds on a $6,000 federal government grant delivered last year to replace the original toilets, install new fluorescent lighting and purchase a Hammer planer-thicknesser.
The Australian Government has committed to ongoing support of Men's Sheds as part of the National Men's Health Strategy 2020-2030. The Australian Government has provided $6.4 million in grant funding to Men's Sheds across the country since 2013.
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