Nova Scotians with disabilities will benefit from more day programming activities that build skills and provide more opportunities for recreation in their communities as part of government’s commitment to accessibility.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, May 16 that 34 organizations received grants up to $50,000 to increase recreation, employment and day programming for Nova Scotians with disabilities.
“Building a stronger Nova Scotia where everyone can grow and succeed means helping people with disabilities live active lives as part of their communities,” said Premier McNeil. “Our service delivery partners are passionate about removing barriers for the people they serve and these projects will help them expand the excellent services they offer.”
Day programs and activities that promote inclusion in communities include volunteerism, recreation and leisure and skill-building. There are also programs that get people involved in social enterprise and employment activities, such as job preparation and development and job coaching.
In December 2017, adult service centres, residential providers, and other community service providers applied for one-time grants to develop or expand adult day programs for Nova Scotians with disabilities.
The grants total $1.2 million. The service providers are using the funding in a variety of ways to add capacity and activities such as events, gardening, laser engraving, catering and evening programs.
LakeCity Woodworkers, based in Dartmouth, will use the grant to expand their workshop, support 25 more participants and grow their social enterprise.
“Investments like these make a big impact on the lives of the individuals we serve, and go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of healthy minds and healthy lives for all Nova Scotians,” said Liam O’Rourke of LakeCity Woodworkers. “Having this opportunity to make more efficient and innovative use of our facility will add to our capacity, and once completed, it will see us supporting an additional 25 individuals in our existing and developing onsite programs.”
To learn about the Disability Support Program, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities .
A list of organizations receiving grants can be found at http://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/ .