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Uncle Tobys & AMSA set to stand shoulder to shoulder in the Riverina & Indigo Shire

Uncle Tobys and the Australian Men’s Shed Association are standing shoulder to benefit the health and wellbeing of people in regional communities.

With a focus on the Riverina and Indigo regions, the home of Uncle Tobys, the partnership aims to increase awareness of the need for social inclusion and participation.

Men’s Sheds have become vital community assets and, in many regions, the main or only focal point for positive male engagement and activity, beyond sport.

AMSA Executive Officer, David Helmers said, “our partnership with Uncle Tobys is truly significant because it enables us to tangibly increase services and facilities for shedders across the Riverina and Indigo Shire,

“Like Uncle Tobys, the health and wellbeing of the community is paramount. A Men’s Shed is much more than four walls. Those walls often enable important conversations to take place, friendships to be forged and provide much needed support for many men,” Mr Helmers said.

Uncle Tobys and AMSA will promote preventative health at a number of key local events, including next week’s Henty Machinery Field Days where they’ll be on site with local Men’s Sheds to promote the Spanner in the Works? male health initiative, which uses the analogy of machinery to bring positive health and wellbeing to the attention of men.

In addition, Uncle Tobys will facilitate opportunities for its more than 400 staff and local farmers to become actively involved with Men’s Sheds in the Riverina region, including in the Wahgunyah Men’s Shed – due to be completed in late 2017.

Nestlé General Manager – Nutritious Snacks, Scott Coles said: “Helping develop thriving, resilient communities is at the heart of Uncle Tobys, so we’re proud to be able to continue to do this in partnership with the Australian Men’s Shed Association.

“By supporting Men’s Sheds, we know we are helping to provide meaningful activities for the local community, many of whom are our staff, friends and families, and our farmers. Facilities such as the sheds, are important resources to allow a sense of belonging in the community, particularly in regional locations, which can sometimes be quite isolating,” Mr Coles said.


WHAT:           Refuel and learn more about Men’s Sheds and Spanner in the Works?
Hosted by Uncle Tobys & Australian Men’s Shed Association with local Men’s Sheds.

WHEN:           9am-5pm, 19-21 September 2017

WHERE:         Henty Field Day | Henty-Cookardinia Rd, Henty