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Wellness grants a welcome boost for non-profit groups in Colchester

Gregg Morris, right, of the Truro Soccer Club was on hand during the presentation of the recent community health board wellness grants. Seen with him are his sons, Montgomery, 7, and Xavier, 9.
Gregg Morris, right, of the Truro Soccer Club was on hand during the presentation of the recent community health board wellness grants. Seen with him are his sons, Montgomery, 7, and Xavier, 9. - Submitted

TRURO, N.S. – Funding through a community health board wellness grant is a much-needed and welcome boost, says a member of the Truro Soccer Club.

“It’s very important,” said organizer/coach Greg Morris, of the $1,200 the club recently received. “It’s a really big deal for us to get that. It makes a big difference.”

The club doesn’t have any major funding source and Morris said the grant provided through the Truro & Area Wellness Fund will assist with purchasing player pinnies (bibs for colour coding teams), nets and boundary cones.

“We would’ve still pulled it off but this makes it a lot easier,” Morris said. “I just think it’s really great and it really makes a difference for our players. A lot of gratitude to receive such a wonderful grant.”

The club was one of 29 local groups or organizations that received varying degrees of funding totaling more than $50,000 through this year’s wellness grants.

In all, 42 grant applications totaling $118,071 were received by the health board.

Valerie Brown of Archway Counselling Assoc., said the $2,660 her support group received will help them extend hours to provide evening counselling sessions. That funding will assist with group therapy work involving depression care.

“We notice that a lot of our clients are in need of that extra group work, where peer support is really important. So, it means a lot that we can actually do that,” she said.

It means being able to provide strategies and develop coping skills for people with depression as well as providing “a safe spot for individuals to share what they’re going through with others.”

Glenda Bower, chairwoman of the Scotia Pool Society, said the $3,000 grant that group received will enable an expansion of the warm water pool to include “all members of our community.”

It will also enable the society to offer transportation to the mental health community, which allows them to take advantage of a free swim.

“Exercise is a proven method of improving mental health and our warm water pool is the perfect place for all to enjoy swimming,” she said.

The grant will also assist with putting a Lifemark physiotherapist in attendance for the Swim with a Physio Program.

2018 WELLNESS FUND RECIPIENTS

Truro & Area Community Health Board

Archway Counselling Association

Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division (Healthy Relationships Plus Program)

Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division (Wellness Art Studio Series)

Cobequid Arts Council

Colchester Adult Learning Association (Wonder-Maud Lewis Inspired Art)

Colchester Community Workshops

Le Centre communautaire francophone de Truro

Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre

Native Council of Nova Scotia

Northern Healthy Connections Society

Nova Scotia Environmental Network

Redcliff Middle School

Scotia Pool Society

Trauma Recovery for Exploited Youth

The Colchester Sexual Assault Centre

The John Howard Society

Truro Run Tribe Association

Truro Soccer Club

Along the Shore Community Health Board

Riverside Community Hall

Colchester Adult Learning Assoc. (Debert Connections)

Colchester Adult Learning Assoc.

Debert & Area Community Assoc.

And the Londonderry Community Council

South Colchester Community Health Board

Brookfield Elementary

Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School

Mission and Outreach Committee – Knox United Church

South Colchester Academy

Winding River Consolidated

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