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Wellness grants boost non-profit programs in Colchester County

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TRURO, N.S. —

Online support for people with eating disorders is just one of the programs that will soon be available thanks to wellness grants.

“We have an online chat program and we’re expanding to offer more in-depth programs,” said Shaleen Jones, executive director with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia.

“Most folks weren’t aware of the resources available, and how to access them, so we’re creating a targeted awareness and outreach campaign on social media sites. We’ll use online marketing skills for good.”

Ads designed to reach those struggling with eating disorders will be placed on Instagram and Facebook.

“Once people connect with us we can help them feel less alone and isolated and offer support,” said Jones. “With eating disorders there’s so much shame connected, but this way people can access support without anyone knowing.

“We’re so happy to have the Community Health Board support this project. We’re only able to do these things with support.”

Truro and Area, South Colchester, and Along the Shore Community Health Boards presented a total of $31,813.50 in grants to 19 groups. There had been 31 requests, totaling $71,818.75.

The Bible Hill Junior High therapeutic riding and swimming project received funding. Grades 8 and 9 students with learning and physical disabilities will have the opportunity to take part in a riding program at Porter’s Equine Centre, in Stewiacke, and a swimming program at Scotia Pool.

The activities would help the students physically, emotionally and mentally.

Lisa Gordon, the school’s learning centre teacher, said students will learn to groom horses and help with tacking up. Staff and volunteers at the equine centre will then lead the horses around the arena, or walk next to them, as students are taught about riding.

The CNIB will use funding to run monthly socials in the Truro area.

“We run socials in Bridgewater, New Glasgow, Sydney and Halifax, and we have a volunteer interested in running one in Truro,” said Jeff deViller, manager of foundation programs with the CNIB. “It will give people with vision loss a chance to socialize and share tips and tricks on how to work around challenges. They’ll also do some fun activities based on the interests of participants.”

Transport is a big obstacle for some of those who are vision impaired, and funds will help with taxi vouchers in those cases.

DeViller hopes to have the program running by April. Dates and locations will be announced on the CNIB Nova Scotia-Prince Edward Island Facebook page and on the CNIB website.

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Wellness Fund grant recipients:

Along the shore CHB:

Eating Disorders NS

Great Village Shotokan Tigers

Londonderry Community Council

Revive and Renew Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Retreat

South Colchester CHB:

Colchester-East Hants Public Library – Stewiacke Branch

Eating Disorders NS

South Colchester Academy Wellness Committee

Truro and Area CHB:

Archway Counselling Association

Association of Nova Scotia Geocaching

Bible Hill Junior High School

Central Community Centre

CNIB

Cobequid Consolidated Elementary

Eating Disorders NS

NSCC Truro

Revive and Renew Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Retreat

Stepping Stone Association

Truro Chapter – Autism Nova Scotia

Truro Run Tribe

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