Grants will support programming for seniors. 

Thirty-one projects that aim to improve quality of life in the Columbia Basin, focus on children’s development and strengthen social service organizations are receiving nearly $680,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants program.

“Alongside many community organizations in the region, the Trust is dedicated to helping all people in the Basin meet their needs and access the resources that will help them address challenges and thrive in their communities,” said Columbia Basin Trust Executive Director Aimee Ambrosone. “These projects will boost the well-being of a wide range of people by addressing a variety of social issues and opportunities.”

In Cranbrook, the Summit Community Services Society will offer a free counselling and support program for men dealing with issues like trauma, depression or substance abuse. It will specifically help them deal with five emotions: anger, happiness, sadness, fear and shame.

“Our community faces constant demand for supports for men, and yet these supports are lacking,” said Heather Rennebohm, executive director. “This program will ensure that assistance for men who are facing and want to overcome challenges is easily accessible in the community in a secure surrounding.”

The Lardeau Valley Community Club will offer a weekly seniors’ program in Meadow Creek aimed at reducing social isolation and increasing community connection. The program includes a combination of gentle exercise, to help with mobility and balance and a tea social, which gives participants time to socialize.

“This project provides an activity for seniors to participate in through the winter months, when depression and isolation occur more often,” said Amanda Cutting, treasurer. “Also, we keep a list of all seniors who are involved in the project; if someone misses a day, we call and make sure they’re okay.”

See the backgrounder for a description of all 31 projects. www.ourtrust.org/?ddownload=18777

The guidelines and deadlines for the next intake of Social Grants will be posted soon on www.ourtrust.org/socialgrants, or get notified by signing up for the Trust’s e-newsletter at www.ourtrust.org/newsletter.