Community group in Victoria receives funding
The Victoria United Church is receiving $ 50,000 from the provincial government to operate a drop-in centre for persons in recovery from addictions.
The funding was announced Tuesday, April 5 by Health and Community Services Minister and Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.
The funding will be used for rent, supplies and the hiring of a co-ordinator.
According to a news release, the community addiction advisory group of the Trinity-Conception area, which applied for the funding on behalf of the Victoria United Church, will evaluate the drop-in centre to determine its potential to serve as a template for other regions to support persons in recovery from addictions.
The announcement was part of a large r i nvestme n t of $260,000 in one-time funding for four provincial community groups. The others include Stella Burry Community Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association-Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Consumers’ Health Awareness Network Newfoundland and Labrador.
Kennedy said the funding will help strengthen the community support system for mental health and addictions.
These groups, which provide essential mental health and addictions services and support, will use the funding for a range of projects throughout the province, he said.
The groups will use the funding to address a variety of issues including addictions, barriers to employment, and the stigma of mental health issues.
Removing the stigma
“ One of the biggest challenges associated with mental health and addictions issues is removing the stigma that is attached,” said Kennedy. “Awareness is being created around these issues thanks to the support being provided by community groups who offer programs and services to those living with mental health and addictions issues.
“ The projects that have received support are making headway and opening doors for people that need help.”
Over the past six years, the provincial government has provided $ 25.1 million to support mental health and addictions programs and services throughout the province, including an investment of $ 7.2 million in Budget 2010.