MENZ Shed Granted Rent Holiday

27/05/2016 12:30 p.m.

Ashburton MENZ Shed Charitable Trust has received a boost from the Ashburton District Council which agreed at their monthly meeting yesterday to a two-year rent holiday for their new Williams Street yard location, followed thereafter by an annual rental of $1,500.

Mayor Angus McKay says he is pleased the Council is able to support an organisation which provides a venue where (predominantly) older men are able to meet socially, share skills and expertise to undertake small projects, and develop hobby skills.  Ashburton MENZ Shed is one of a nationwide network of MENZ Sheds. 

"The Ashburton MENZ Shed Charitable Trust is doing great things for members of our community who want to maintain or develop their "hobby" skills and use these to help organisations like the Toy Library with repairs of children's toys," Mr McKay said.

Mr McKay says locally the majority of rest homes are members of the organisation and their residents frequently attend MENZ Shed activities which provide much needed stimulus as well as enhancing the well-being of people who might otherwise have potentially lonely lives.

The local Trust bought a building suitable for its activities and then approached Council asking whether a site might be available for them to house this.

"The Council is happy to support this organisation for a couple of years in acknowledgment of the great things they do for members of our community," Mr McKay said.

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