Scottish Government reinstates funding for cash crisis Men's Shed groups

Hut 65 with men inside doing wood work and other acitivities
Men's Sheds were at risk of going under due to a lack of funding -Credit:SWNS

The Scottish Government is to reinstate funding for the country's largest men's mental health charity as it faced going bust.

Social Justice Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said the Scottish Men's Shed Association (SMSA) will be given funding for the next financial year.

The charity tackles loneliness and isolation among men.

It has 10,000 members across more than 200 sheds.

The organisation helps men set up shared spaces where they can learn skills, share experiences and make friends.

Government funding was scrapped for the charity in April 2022 but it was given an eleventh hour sum of £75,000 by SNP minister last year.

But no funding had been agreed since and the charity faced being wound up by the end of the year.

Responding to a question from Labour MSP Paul O'Kane, Somerville said: "We understand it's a very challenging time for small organisations and understand that the SMSA are working to secure funding from charity donors and from the private sector.

"Given this, I can confirm today that we will work with the organisation to identify and provide the funding for this financial year to ensure that we support them in the months ahead to develop broad sustainable support for this important national organisation.

"And we hope this will help to avoid future uncertainty and assist local sheds to flourish."

O'Kane replied that he and fellow MSPs were "pleased to hear the reassurance from the Cabinet Secretary that the government has looked again at the funding decision."

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