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
Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School
Mission and Outreach Committee – Knox United Church
South Colchester Academy
Winding River Consolidated