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Volume 16, No.7, October 2, 2020
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HIGHLIGHTS AND COMMUNITY LINKS NEWS
October 1-7 is National Seniors Week in Canada; October 1 marked the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons!  

For information and events including the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) - ten years of concerted, catalytic and collaborative action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live - visit UN.

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario is inviting the public to participate in #RestoringRespect, a Social Media campaign  to celebrate the ongoing contributions older people make in our communities and to raise awareness of ageism, discrimination and the inequalities older adults face in their daily lives.

Stay tuned for a Community Links’ Seniors Week initiative celebrating Community, Creativity and Connection during the time of COVID.

Is YOUR community accessible?  Are there areas you avoid? Spaces where you feel comfortable and welcome?  

Community Links and the PEACH Research Unit at Dalhousie University would like to invite older adults (60+) to join a photovoice research study. Input from participants on their lived experience of accessibility could directly inform the professionals who design our communities (urban planners, engineers, architects). 
Help us learn about accessibility in communities across Nova Scotia through your pictures and stories.  
Participants will receive a $20 gift card to a retailer of their choice.
For more information, please contact: Katie Vaughan at kvaughan@dal.ca or (902) 233-6061 Click here to see a poster, or visit www.nscommunitylinks.ca/photovoice.
Invitation for participation open to Mid Oct.
 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Investment Readiness Program funding via Community Foundations of Canada will be accepting applications to October 9, 2020, social purpose organizations can submit applications for projects to advance their readiness to receive investments. 

Eligible organizations could receive from $10,000 to $100,000 in non-repayable capital to develop their enterprise. Charities, non-profits, co-ops, and for-profit social enterprises can apply if they have an existing business or business idea that fits the definition of a social enterprise.

The Community Health Teams Wellness Funds are open for applications until October 15, 2020. Wellness Funds are for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and must address the health priorities identified by the Community Health Boards (CHBs) in their current community health plan.  For the 2020-2021 Wellness Fund cycle, the application has been changed to a proposal request. Wellness Funds are intended to support new and innovative projects that: Advance CHB priorities, use a population health-based approach in addressing the social determinants of health, address issues arising from COVID-19. For more information click here.
 
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative provides funding to community-led solutions that respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 under three main themes: creating safe and vibrant public spaces, improving mobility options, and digital solutions.
Applications will be open for not-for-profit organizations until October 16, 2020.  Recipient(s) will work directly with municipalities, local governments, Indigenous communities and community partners to identify and fund homegrown solutions that can be put into place quickly to improve the lives of Canadians. For more information click here.
 
The 2020–21 New Horizons for Seniors Program Call for Proposals for community-based projects is open until October 20, 2020. This year, organizations can apply for funding for projects that offer COVID-19 support activities for seniors. Organizations are also welcome to submit proposals for more traditional NHSP projects. Visit their website for details on how to apply.
 
Seniors Can! (Aînés Debout!) by HelpAge Canada is designed to help low-income seniors avoid isolation and loneliness and engage more fully with their communities.
Partner organizations may apply on behalf of individual seniors or for group programming. An annual grant of up to $2,000 is available to assist low-income seniors with the cost of social or wellbeing-promoting activities, meals or meal programs, and/or transportation to activities or meal programs.
Agencies may receive grants to operate accessible programming for older adults in their communities, and Emergency Relief Grants of up to $2,000 are available to assist individuals in extraordinary circumstances. Find more information here.
 
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The Aging2.0 Halifax Innovate Care 2020 Conference will take place through Zoom on October 5-6, 2020. This conference provides an opportunity to hear from leading aging and healthcare experts. Admission is free for seniors, students and those involved in health care by registering through this link:  To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.innovatecare.ca/

October 14th has been proclaimed a Day of Recognition for the Nonprofit Sector. Join the United Way, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, the Bhayana Family Foundation, and the Province for a day of celebration and special acknowledgement of the Nonprofit Sector, its 6000 organizations and the 20 Bhayana Family Foundation Invisible Champion Award winners who have been nominated by their peers for exceptional contributions and positive impacts on their communities and those they serve.
 
Virtual celebrations will start with a pre-event at 9:45 a.m. followed by the formal event at 10:00 a.m. with a flag raising. Click here for event information.
 

The Community Sector Council is conducting a COVID-19 Impact Survey - Round 2 Participate in this new and confidential survey of the impact of COVID-19. With broad participation it can powerfully share the story of the Sector with Government and supporters. Take the survey here.


Community Health Teams are a service of Primary Health Care offering wellness programs and services in the greater Halifax area. During this time of COVID-19, the teams are offering FREE virtual Zoom wellness programs available to all Nova Scotians who have a valid NS health card number.
 
Download the Fall 2020 Wellness Program Flyer (PDF) for a full list of free virtual wellness programs.  Registration is required to participate.  To register for programs, click HERE (unless indicated otherwise in the flyer).  For more information, call 902-460-4560 (greater HRM area) or toll free at 1-844-460-4555, or click here.
 
INFO AND BEST PRACTICES
Senior Safety Coordinators work in communities to support isolated and vulnerable older adults. Find contact information for a Senior Safety Coordinator.

211 is a toll-free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area and is available 24/7 in 140+ languages. If you need non-emergency, non-medical help, call 211 or visit www.ns.211.ca
 
Community Sector Council NS has compiled many resources for non-profit and voluntary organizations. Find more information here.
 
Service Canada has gone digital and can assist community members with
Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS).
Complete an e-Services form and a Service Canada employee will call back. Outreach Support Centre workers are available Mon-Fri, 8:30-.4 at 1-877-464-2657.
 
The Canadian Mental Health Association NS has created a Crisis Assessment and Support hub which offers provincial, national, and international supports for issues such as grief and bereavement, suicide prevention, hospice support, and mobile crisis lines.  Click here to visit the site.

Volunteer Nova Scotia https://volunteerns.ca/  find volunteer opportunities; including ideas and ways to volunteer from home.
 
Many community transportation organizations have reconfigured to offer services to those who are isolated due to COVID 19. Visit http://ruralrides.ca/.
 
Caregiver NS is offering services online, via the phone, and in person. Visit https://caregiversns.org/how-we-help/ for more information or to contact a coordinator.
 
Stay up to date with Federal and Provincial information and updates on COVID-19.
 
Many organizations are now offering regular and new educational and recreational programming and support online or by phone.

Community Health Teams
NS Community Transportation Network
Alzheimer’s Society
Nova Scotia Public Libraries
Nova Scotia Connect
Doctors Nova Scotia
VON
Legal Information Society of NS
Aging 2.0
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