On the 10th anniversary of Home Instead’s launch, Melbourne Outer East & Glen Waverley former Owner/Director, Suzanne McLoughlin could think of no greater pleasure than to present Gerran Wright, President of the local Upwey Men’s Shed, with a $10,000 cheque to help raise awareness around men’s health and well-being and home care support. It was especially important at this time in the midst of Melbourne’s ongoing covid lockdowns.

The local Men’s Shed will focus on overcoming men’s isolation and supporting men’s mental health and well-being, giving locals a safe and comfortable space to make friends and enjoy activities and various initiatives and social interactions. The gesture will help to increase awareness of the initiative that will play a significant role in overcoming isolation for men and fulfilling their needs in the community with the continued establishment and development of a local Men’s Shed.

Isolation in the community has heightened due to COVID especially in Melbourne, which has experienced over 235 days of hard lockdowns since the pandemic began. Now, more than ever, it is important to create new resources in the community that will assist men’s mental health and well-being, helping them reconnect with each other. It is hoped this initiative will really help to raise awareness of the need for such a resource as Men’s Shed. It will bring so much value to the local community. We feel Men’s Shed aligns perfectly with Home Instead values and a local Men’s Shed is just what the community needs.