Mangawhai Shed is one of 13 successful organisations in the latest Office for Seniors grants round of the Age friendly Fund.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available for projects that promote the inclusion of older people and help communities prepare for their ageing populations.
Mangawhai Shed successfully bid for $5,041 to set up a woodturning project. This will see an experienced woodturner train six shed members in the art of woodturning. They will then share their knowledge and experience, encouraging intergenerational activity in the community.
Mangawhai Shed Chair, Stephen Mackay said: “Our team are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this grant. It will mean we can start the process of upskilling ourselves by employing a master turner to give us a few lessons. Our community has been generous in donating the lathes, now we can really put them to good use. Shed members are always excited to learn new tricks.”
Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner, added: “This funding aims to bring different generations together, ensuring older people remain connected and with the confidence to continue to actively participate in their community.
“With the right planning and support, we can create age-friendly environments where everyone, regardless of age, feels valued and connected.”
For more information on the projects, the recipients and the Age friendly Fund go to: Funding for age friendly communities | Te Tari Kaumātua (officeforseniors.govt.nz)