Youth hub finds support
Local John Howard Society initiative receives backing
The John Howard Society of Belleville has received a $ 20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.
The grant will be used to support the Belleville Youth Wellness Hub to improve access to mental health services in the Belleville area.
The cheque was recently presented to the John Howard Society of Belleville at the Belleville Senators hockey game against the Charlotte Checkers.
“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will help our organization add to the many services already offered for youth in the Belleville area,” stated Debbie Woods, executive director of the John Howard Society. “We are committed to providing barrier- free services for youth to help them participate in society.”
The Belleville Youth Wellness Hub ( YWH) aims to improve access to integrated, high- quality care for youth at a single location. Working under the YWH model, the society’s location at 19- 21 Wallbridge Cres. will act as a “one- stop- shop” where youth can access mental and physical health care, substance use services, housing, employment and education support, as well as recreation, sports, music and art activities. Several local service organizations will work together to provide these services at the same location.
“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to support the work of the John Howard Society of Belleville and the Youth Wellness Hub in providing access to integrated care for youth in the Belleville area needing mental health supports,” stated Mary Deacon, chairperson of Bell Let’s Talk. “Having doubled the annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to $ 2 million in 2018, we are helping some 120 organizations across Canada, like John Howard Society, that are making a difference for so many people, including youth, who are affected by mental health issues in their communities.”
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti- stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 30, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions, at no extra cost to participants:
• Talk: Every mobile call and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
• Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
Sandy McDonald, regional director for community affairs with Bell Let’s Talk presents Debbie Woods, executive director of John Howard Society of Belleville with a cheque for $ 20,000. The funds will be used to support the Belleville Youth Wellness Hub.