Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for Volunteering Ray Williams have announced a $1000 grant to Young Men’s Shed to upgrade much-needed equipment.

Ms Cooke said the contribution will help the group purchase new tools and equipment so they can continue delivering great projects for the community.

“It has been a privilege meeting the volunteers of Young Men’s Shed today. This funding will support the group’s efforts in the community, which do not go unnoticed,” Ms Cooke said.

“Members of the group use their different skills and abilities to undertake projects that benefit our local community.”

Don Smyth, president of Young Men’s Shed, said the group was formed more than 10 years ago to provide a place where men can socialise and utilise their skills.

“Our members do a wonderful job in giving back to our local community,” Mr Smyth said.

“Members undertake furniture and metal works, charity work and other activities, all while making meaningful social connections.

“I’d like to thank Ms Cooke and Mr Williams for this grant, and I’d like to thank all the members of Young Men’s Shed for all the work they put in,” he said.

Mr Williams said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to supporting volunteers, including Men’s Sheds.

“Thank you to the members of Young Men’s Shed who volunteer and contribute so much to the local community,” Mr Williams said.

“In NSW there are more than 2.1 million volunteers who contribute more than $5 billion a year to the NSW economy.”

Young Men’s Shed is 1 of 930 Men’s Sheds across the country where men are able to come together to participate in activities, talk and share common interests.