Grants available for older people projects

The gents stop for a picture outside the Fort William Men's Shed before getting back to work. Photograph: Abrightside Photography

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Age Scotland has announced £15,000 in grants for innovative projects that promote social wellbeing among older people.

The charity has invited Men’s Sheds across the country to apply for funding towards start-up costs, volunteer training, storage units, tools, machinery or other equipment.

The sheds provide an opportunity for older men to socialise, pursue hobbies and share skills. There are more than 100 throughout Scotland, including Oban, Fort William and Campbeltown.

The charity’s small development grants programme is supported by the Robertson Trust and the Scottish Government. The closing date for applications is October 31.

Keith Robson, chief executive for Age Scotland, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce this new funding with the support of the Robertson Trust and the Scottish Government. I hope it will continue to make a difference to the lives of thousands of older people around the country.’