CARLETON PLACE RECEIVES $50,000 TOTAL FOR TWO PROJECTS UNDER FEDERAL NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM
The Town of Carleton Place has received two (2) grants, each in the amount of $25,000, from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This is a Federal grants and contributions program that supports projects designed by and for seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
The first project to receive funding was a submission for the Town’s new Active Living Centre in the former train station building on Coleman Street. The funding will be used to purchase kitchen equipment, outdoor living equipment and furniture, and fitness equipment. The Town has partnered with Carebridge Community Support to develop programming, coordinate volunteer efforts and to assist with the promotion of the Centre’s activities. The Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19.
“We are excited to be a recipient of this grant as it will go a long way in enhancing our ability to provide valuable services and programs to seniors in the community,” says Doug Black, Mayor of the Town of Carleton Place.
The second project that received funding is for a venture initiated by the Carleton Place Public Library which will allow for the purchase of iPads and Wi-Fi capability which will be provided on loan to Seniors in the community. The goal of this project is to provide training to seniors both virtually and in person on the use of iPads and the internet which will help prevent social isolation.
“A library is all about helping people connect with what they need,” says Meriah Caswell, Manager of Library Services. “We are overjoyed we will be able to offer more opportunities for connection to our local seniors, many of whom continue to face significant challenges connecting to their friends and families during this pandemic.”