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Three Colch­ester County groups look­ing for Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund votes


Three Truro and area projects are seek­ing sup­port in their bid for fund­ing through the on­line Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund com­pe­ti­tion.

The lat­est Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes projects by three lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions: Truro Home­less Out­reach So­ci­ety, North Shore Recre­ation Cen­tre and Rai­l­yard Moun­tain Bike Park.

The ini­tial round of vot­ing runs un­til 6 p.m. on Oct. 19. Any­one reg­is­tered at avi­va­com­mu­ni­ty­ has 18 votes, which can be cast at any time. They can all go to­ward one project or they can be shared be­tween projects.

Fol­low­ing are the lo­cal projects:

Truro Home­less Out­reach So­ci­ety

The Truro Home­less Out­reach So­ci­ety’s (THOS) ‘Recipe for Suc­cess’ is in the up to $50,000 cat­e­gory.

The pro­gram would help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple learn to cook, as well as teach them other life skills.

“We try to pre­pare peo­ple for liv­ing on their own but some fall back into old habits be­cause they don’t have the life skills they need,” said Dwight Grif­fiths, ad­min­is­tra­tive co­or­di­na­tor at the THOS. “A lot of peo­ple never learned the skills and some have been on the streets so long they’ve lost them.”

‘Recipe for Suc­cess’ would pro­vide in­struc­tion in pre­par­ing quick and easy nu­tri­tious meals from scratch, while pro­mot­ing a bal­anced diet. Food safety, shop­ping on a bud­get and other top­ics would also be in­cluded.

Classes would be three hours long, twice a week, and would be taught by a cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor in a li­censed kitchen.

Par­tic­i­pants would shop for the in­gre­di­ents, pre­pare them with the in­struc­tor and eat the meal.

Other parts of the pro­gram would in­volve sub­jects such as so­cial skills, de­ci­sion mak­ing, em­ploy­ment skills, money man­age­ment, stress man­age­ment, com­mu­nity re­sources, health and law.

“It can make a world of dif­fer­ence to get those skills,” said Grif­fiths. “It can give peo­ple the con­fi­dence to do more.”

North Shore Recre­ation Cen­tre

Vol­un­teers with the North Shore Recre­ation Cen­tre (NSRC) hope to re­ceive money to cover the costs of up­grades to the can­teen, dress­ing rooms and bath­rooms in the 45-year-old build­ing.

Their project is en­tered in the $50,000 to $100,000 cat­e­gory.

“The com­mu­nity sup­port for the cen­tre is great, but ev­ery com­mu­nity is sat­u­rated with fundrais­ers,” said Marilyn Roberts, a vol­un­teer at the NSRC.

“The cen­tre serves not just Tata­m­agouche, but the whole north shore. Even peo­ple who don’t use it know how im­por­tant it is, and if we main­tain it we en­sure it lives on for us, our kids and our grand­kids.”

The NSRC is used for sports, ex­pos, dances, fit­ness, com­mu­nity meals, wed­dings, din­ner the­atres, Ok­to­ber­fest and other cul­tural events.

Roberts said dress­ing rooms that have show­ers and bath­rooms need to be up­graded and those with­out these fa­cil­i­ties need to have them in­stalled. Be­cause the girls’ dress­ing room is cur­rently a small space with no bath­room or shower, the pub­lic bath­room across the hall must be used.

The can­teen would ben­e­fit from an up­graded ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem.

“This is truly the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity,” said Roberts. “It’s im­por­tant to main­tain it for the peo­ple of to­day and also for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Rai­l­yard Moun­tain Bike Park

Truro’s Rai­l­yard Moun­tain Bike Park project is one of those in the 50,000 to $100,000 cat­e­gory.

Trails for moun­tain bik­ing have been de­vel­oped in the up­per area of Vic­to­ria Park dur­ing the past few years and now there are plans to pro­mote them to a wider au­di­ence.

“A lot of lo­cal peo­ple know about it but there’s a po­ten­tial to mar­ket it to tourists and at­tract larger events,” said Alison Grant, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the town of Truro. “I needed an iden­tity to mar­ket it as a des­ti­na­tion so a work­ing group ex­plored brand, in con­sul­ta­tion with the wider moun­tain bik­ing com­mu­nity.”

The first phase would in­volve de­vel­op­ing mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial, erect­ing sig­nage and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy. The es­ti­mated cost is $20,000 and it is hoped it can be im­ple­mented dur­ing the spring of 2018.

The next phase would in­volve adding wash­rooms to the up­per por­tion of the park and de­vel­op­ing a web­site.

De­vel­op­ment of the moun­tain bike park would al­low op­por­tu­ni­ties for part­ner­ship, such as bike rentals, guided rides and moun­tain bik­ing events.

Dur­ing the win­ter the trails could be used for fat bikes, cross­coun­try ski­ing and snow­shoe­ing.

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