Health and Community Services
May 17, 2010
Seniors' Organizations Continue to Benefit
from Age-Friendly Grants
Communities and seniors' organizations
throughout the province are benefiting from the Age-Friendly
Newfoundland and Labrador (AFNL) Grants program, which supports
municipalities, Inuit community governments, reserves and seniors'
organizations with creating age-friendly communities. The latest grant
recipients are the Town of Pouch Cove and the Mount Pearl Seniors
"Our government is pleased to support
seniors' programs and services designed to improve accessibility and
encourage self-respect," said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of
Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and
Seniors. "These grants will help seniors gain a higher level of
independence and self-reliance."
The Town of Pouch Cove will receive
$10,000 to support being an age-friendly community. It will engage in
activities that include forming an age-friendly committee or team;
evaluating community resources and assets; identifying community
champions; determining challenges and opportunities; and, creating an
"Supporting our municipalities in
enhancing their seniors' programming and services is an important step
in encouraging independence and self-reliance among our older
population," said Kevin Parsons, MHA for Cape St. Francis. "I am proud
to be part of a government that recognizes the importance of and value
in creating an age-friendly environment for this very important segment
of our society."
The Mount Pearl Seniors Independence
Group will receive $4,500 to address seniors' injury prevention and to
enhance its very successful Snowbusters Program, which provides support
for snow clearing to ensure the steps, driveways and pathways of
seniors' homes are cleared for safe walking. The Mount Pearl Seniors
Independence group is a community-based organization, established to
advocate, plan and promote the independence, dignity, health, and well
being of seniors.
"I am delighted that our government is
providing grant funding to the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group,"
said the Honourable Dave Denine, MHA for Mount Pearl South. "It is an
excellent example of an age-friendly community organization that is
doing tremendous work and is making a positive impact in our community."
Overall, the Williams Government will
invest $200,000 in the AFNL Grants program. The grants will serve, in
part, to fulfill commitments made under the Provincial Healthy Aging
Policy Framework, through which the Provincial Government invested
an additional $3.5 million in the 2009-10 fiscal year toward improving
the wellness of residents.
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Department of Health and Community Services
Government Members Office
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Dave Denine
Mount Pearl South MHA
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