Kings South MLA and Education Minister Ramona Jennex has announced 15 non-profit seniors safety groups will receive a total of $288,000 in grants.
The groups, including the Kings County Senior Safety Program Society, educate and raise awareness about senior abuse, prevent crime and encourage the overall health of seniors. The Kings group will receive $20,000, the maximum grant.
The grants support non-profit groups that educate and raise awareness of senior abuse, prevent crime and encourage the overall health and safety of Nova Scotia seniors.
"Nova Scotia's seniors have told us they want more options to stay in their homes longer," said Education Minister Ramona Jennex."By protecting Nova Scotia seniors from injury and harm, we are making life better for them and supporting their efforts to remain independent."
Grants are used to provide information or services directly to seniors in their homes, or through group presentations and workshops at other locations within the community. This includes one-on-one visits from safety co-ordinators, seminars with professional experts, and the production of various materials.
"Without this provincial grant, we wouldn't be able to offer the same level of support to our seniors," said Kings County Senior Safety Program Society treasurer Bill Poole. "This year's contribution will enable our Senior Safety Co-ordinator to reach an increasing number of Seniors that call Kings County home."
In order to qualify, programs must demonstrate financial or in-kind community support. The program also emphasizes better communication between seniors and the police.
See this week's edition of The Register for more.