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Government Supports Community Accessibility Initiatives in Truro

Government is supporting two projects in the Truro area to make a local church and community centre more accessible.

 

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced the support today, Oct. 20, at the Lower Onslow Community Centre, Colchester Co.

The community centre and St. John’s the Evangelist Anglican Church in Truro each received funding from the province’s Community Access-Ability Program.

The community centre is receiving $10,000 to install a ramp, widen the bathroom entry and widen stairs so a chair lift can be installed. The changes will make it easier for seniors, people with disabilities and parents with children in strollers to enjoy the space and attached daycare.

St. John’s Church received $10,000 to improve an entrance and make a washroom in the church hall fully accessible. The changes are part of a larger project to update the church and make its community hall more accessible.

“These changes are going to provide an opportunity for all members of our community to attend our popular weekly musical night,” said Lower Onslow Community Centre volunteer Ann Fiddes. “Open mic night is a proven fundraiser and a good chance to share country music together.”

Ms. Casey says the projects demonstrate the power of communities and government working together.

“This partnership is a great example of shared responsibility where government can provide financial support for great community projects.”

Government has committed to introducing Nova Scotia’s first Accessibility Legislation in 2016.

The Community Access-Ability Program offers grants to community groups for accessibility-related capital improvements, such as renovations making entrances, doorways and washrooms accessible or building ramps.

The grant covers up to two-thirds of the costs of renovations, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization must raise at least one-third of the funding, and can receive funding for one project per year.

More projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/communityaccessability.html .

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Government is supporting two projects in the Truro area

to make a local church and community centre more accessible.

The Lower Onslow Community Centre is receiving $10,000 to

install a ramp, widen the bathroom entry and widen stairs so a

chair lift can be installed.

     St. John’s Church in Truro received $10,000 to improve an

entrance and make a washroom in the church hall fully

accessible.

     The grants are part of the Community Access-Ability

Program, which helps community groups with accessibility

improvements.

     More projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

Source: Release

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