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The Salvation Army announces partnership with Austal

Media Release

Friday 20th November 2015

Austal

                       Austal partners with The Salvation Army                      
                                  to address men’s health locally                                 

Local West Australian ship builder Austal has partnered with The Salvation Army Kwinana to provide men in the Rockingham-Kwinana region with a safe place to be counselled and explore individual worth, confidence and a healthy, positive lifestyle through the Kwinana Men’s Shed and Support Service.  

 

The Salvation Army’s Kwinana Men’s Shed and Support Service has been an integral part of the community assisting men in trying times that include depression, unemployment, relationship breakdown and mental breakdown. With the support of Austal, the service is now able to expand, providing a wider range of support and interest facilities including a community garden and drop in centre that will feature cooking classes and bathroom and laundry facilities.

“There is an increasing need in the area for the Men’s Shed, we see so many men struggling to deal with the pressures of money, uncertainty with employment and especially with the rise in fly in fly out workers and the impacts that has on their personal relationships and family ” Said Captain Peter Jones, from The Salvation Army Kwinana.

“Austal has been a long standing partner to the Salvation Army in Western Australia and with this new sponsorship of the Kwinana Men’s Shed and Support Service; we continue our commitment to supporting our local community. Austal is very pleased to be able to help the Salvation Army expand this successful program and deliver even greater support to the community, through a variety of innovative and valuable initiatives” said Andrew Bellamy, Chief Executive Officer of Austal.

The shed provides a unique hands on approach, providing opportunities for men to seek comfort with issues through a variety of social activities, health seminars, walking groups and woodwork activities.  As well as men, the shed hosts a variety of community groups including the South Metropolitan Personnel organisation, who currently visit the shed each Wednesday to construct smaller items that they often donate to other people in need.

Anyone interested in attending the Kwinana Men’s Shed and Support Service program is encouraged to call (08) 9439 1585 or email derek.tickner@aus.salvationarmy.org. The shed is open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Fridays with a regular men’s night out on the first Saturday of each month.

Through the Austal Giving Programme, Austal is committed to providing philanthropic assistance to community projects in the areas in which they operate, globally.

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