Seniors’ grants go to local communities
Four community seniors’ groups in the Trinity Conception region have each received $ 2,500 grants from the provincial government’s Seniors Community Recreation Grant program.
• Victoria Evergreen 50-plus Club will use its money to set up a meeting place, healthy living and exercise programs, and indoor activities for its seniors.
• Hant’s Harbour Recreation will put its grant into organizing a walking program and indoor/outdoor activities for seniors in that Trinity South town.
• Upper Island Cove Recreation Centre will organize seniors’ dinners and dances, fitness classes, and healthy living classes and activities.
• Winterton Recreation Commission plans to use its share of the wealth to organize physical activity and healthy living programs, and purchase exercise equipment.
The local groups were among 70 organizations in communities around the province who will be able to take advantage of more physical activities and recreation with the help of over $ 178,000 in taxpayers’ money being spent on recreation programming for seniors.
In announcing the program in Conception Bay South on Aug. 24, Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister, Terry French said: “One of the main goals of the provincial government’s recreation and sport strategy, Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador, is to increase participation in recreation, sport and physical activity for all residents.
“ This program places particular focus on encouraging our senior residents to be more physically active and provides them with increased opportunities to become engaged in their communities, helping their overall wellbeing,” said the CBS MHA.
The program is being delivered with the Department of Health and Community Services, as part of its Healthy Aging Policy Framework.
Minister Jerome Kennedy stated: “ Our government recognizes the importance of promoting healthy, active lifestyles for all our residents. By providing opportunities for socialization and recreational activities that focus on wellness and prevention,” Kennedy, who is also the minister responsible for aging and seniors, concluded, “ we help our seniors maintain health and independence.”