Fund­ing for Hr. Grace’s Splash Cen­tre

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East­ern Health has awarded a grant to a Har­bour Grace youth fa­cil­ity to fund a pro­gram that em­pow­ers youth and gives them the skills to help oth­ers.

The Splash Cen­tre, re­cently re­lo­cated to the for­mer site of Har­bour Grace Pri­mary, is one of 11 fund­ing re­cip­i­ents an­nounced Thurs­day in New­found­land and Labrador. East­ern Health is dis­tribut­ing $44,172 among the 11 groups. The Splash Cen­tre re­ceived $3,200.

The Splash Cen­tre will use its fund­ing to start its Stu­dents Trained for Ed­u­cat­ing Peers (STEP) pro­gram. Work­shops will take place fo­cus­ing on men­tal health and han­dling cri­sis sit­u­a­tions for youth aged 14-18 years. Its goal is to ed­u­cate peer train­ers who can then share their knowl­edge with class­mates at school.

“We are pleased to pro­vide th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions with the support they need to put their in­no­va­tive ideas into ac­tion and help them to pro­mote men­tal health and pre­vent ad­dic­tion is­sues in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Kim Grant, East­ern Health’s di­rec­tor of men­tal health and ad­dic­tions, in a news re­lease.

“At East­ern Health, we be­lieve that the great­est out­comes are achieved when we work to­gether with our com­mu­ni­ties and part­ners who share our vi­sion of healthy peo­ple, healthy com­mu­ni­ties,’ added Bev­er­ley Clarke, East­ern Health’s vice-pres­i­dent re­spon­si­ble for men­tal health and ad­dic­tions. “This fund does ex­actly that – it pro­vides us with the op­por­tu­nity to build part­ner­ships and support in­no­va­tive pro­grams that im­prove the health and well-be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties and the peo­ple we serve.”

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