Grants were given to new and existing groups to support an expansion of men’s sheds in the city to reduce loneliness and isolation.
The Swansea Community Workshop on High Street will use its grant to purchase a wood-burning stove so visitors can attend its existing men’s shed every month of the year.
Volunteers will also set up pottery towers to provide new opportunities for skill development, a vinyl cutter to generate income by selling planters with customer logos and a sandblaster to enhance the glass workshops on offer.
Administrator John O’Brien said: “We created a men’s shed about four years ago for men and women who want to get into DIY, woodworking and other hobbies. where they learn new skills and share theirs while helping community projects.
“Our premises have undergone a gradual renovation with the addition of new studios for stained glass and pottery and we are grateful to the Council of Swansea for the support which will help us to further expand our offering. Anyone interested in joining or becoming a volunteer will be welcome.
Other existing projects to get funding in this year’s grant cycle are Action Shack in Manselton, Eagle’s Nest in Penllergaer Valley Woods, Summit Good in Dunvant, The Old Blacksmith’s in Clydach and Swansea Wellbeing Center on Walter Road.
Ynystawe Cricket Club’s new men’s shed also received a grant to build on the work it has done in providing a place to meet and chat during the pandemic by expanding to offer gardening, wood and much more.
Swansea Better Communities Council Cabinet Member Cllr Alyson Pugh said: “Men’s sheds have a very positive impact on health, well-being and reducing social isolation by building on on the wealth of skills and experience that exist within our communities.
“This is the third year that the board has been able to provide substantial direct support through our anti-poverty team to these fantastic projects.
“I was fortunate enough to visit many of these groups in Swansea to see the impact they can have on those involved and I was especially delighted to catch up with the community workshop team from Swansea who does such a good job. “