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Eastern Health awards 2016 Community Development Fund grants

Eastern Health has awarded six Community Development Fund grants for 2016.

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The community partners will complete projects promoting the development of healthy communities, according to a news release from the health authority today.

The recipients are:

* Bonaventure Community Garden - Together with the Kings Gate Condominium, Stella’s Circle will build on the work that was completed last summer at The Bonaventure Community Garden that will make the space more inviting and available to the larger community. It will also encourage more people to grow their own food, which contributes to improved mental and physical health.

* Canning’s Cove Community Gathering Space - This project brings together the Canning’s Cove Recreation Committee and the Local Service District and Orange Lodge to enhance an existing community play area with the addition of a concrete base that can be used for a number of activities year round e.g. skating, basketball, and community gatherings.

* Connecting Seniors in Rural Areas to Information - Seniors Resource Centre of NL will partner with NL 50+ Federation and Public Legal Information Association of NL to host 18 information and recruitment sessions with seniors in rural communities. The sessions will focus on programs and services available to seniors such as those that address caregiving, legal issues and elder abuse. It will also introduce and build capacity for the Community Peer Support Volunteer initiative.

* Partnering to Make Houses into Homes - In this pilot project, Home Again Furniture Bank will collaborate with the carpentry program at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) to build bureaus to supply clients of the furniture bank. Clients in need receive quality furniture and HMP carpentry participants gain valuable skills and work experience.

* Street Reach-Mount Pearl - Thrive Community Youth Network St. John’s will partner with the Church of the Ascension to offer outreach services to vulnerable youth during the winter months. These services include access to snacks, personal care items, condoms, safe injection drug supplies, information relating to programs and services, and a listening ear.

* The Mount Carmel Gathering Place - St. Mary’s Bay North Regional Development Association will partner with the Town of Mount Carmel and the Mount Carmel 50 Plus Club to develop a community garden and gathering space

“This year’s recipients reflect a wide range of initiatives that not only aim to improve mental and physical health but also provide supports and resources for senior citizens and at-risk youth,” Leslie O’Reilly, chairwoman of Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees, said in the news release.

The Community Development Fund is valued at $50,000 annually and was was first established in 2007. Fifty-four applications were received this year.

Since its inception, 58 grants totalling $440,000 have been awarded to community partners and organizations.

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