A NEW community group who help support and enhance the wellbeing of men across the Garnock Valley has been given a huge funding boost.

The Garnock Valley Men’s Shed is one of the first recipients of North Ayrshire Council’s brand new pioneering Community Investment Fund (CIF) and will receive £28,000.

It will enable the group – set up in January – to develop their building and help with the running costs of a challenging and eventful first year.

The Men’s Shed provides free workshop space, tools and materials; music tuition; therapeutic woodwork courses; free bike repairs through Big Bike Revival funding (Cycling UK); model building workshops; free family sports and leisure opportunities with free food through ParkLives initiative and distribution of free food through Greggs unsold food donations.

And the underlying ambition of the group is to tackle inequality by reaching out to an isolated hard-to-reach group of men.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Men’s


"They do a fantastic job of working with hard-to-reach men, giving them a focus and purpose which helps with their wellbeing and prospects moving forward."