Health and Community Services
May 25, 2010
Seniors in Lewisporte and New World
Island Latest to Benefit
from Grants Program
The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador (AFNL) Grants program
continues to benefit seniors throughout the province. The Honourable
Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister
Responsible for Aging and Seniors, today announced the latest funding
initiatives. The New World Island 50+ Club and the Town of Lewisporte
will both receive grants under the program, which is designed to support
municipalities, Inuit community governments, reserves and seniors'
"The projects funded under the grants program will help decrease
social isolation and provide life-long learning opportunities for
seniors," said Minister Kennedy. "Our government is committed to
supporting programs that focus on the health and well-being of seniors
in our province."
The New World Island 50+ Club will receive $9,000 to work with
various organizations and health professionals to offer special events,
including educational sessions and social opportunities aimed at
enhancing the social inclusion and independence of seniors.
"I am pleased that we are able to support the New
World Island 50+ Club in its efforts to promote health and wellness,"
said MHA for the Isles of Notre Dame, Derrick Dalley. "Supporting a
network for seniors is important for the region and will have a long
The Town of Lewisporte will receive $10,000 to become an age-friendly
community, engaging 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 action plan.
"I applaud the Town of Lewisporte for its interest in promoting the
town as an age-friendly place to live," said Lewisporte MHA Wade Verge.
"The financial assistance made available from our government for this
cause will greatly assist their efforts, and I look forward to seeing
the progress as we move forward."
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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