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Volume 17, No.5 June 2021
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Stay up to date with provincial COVID-19 news and restrictions and vaccination information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
COVID-19 Vaccines

Nova Scotia has updated its COVID-19 immunization plan. Every person in Nova Scotia who wants the COVID-19 vaccine will receive it for free. For more information: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.

Appointments for first and second doses are available across the province. Learn more: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/book-your-vaccination-appointment/.

Nova Scotians who are unable to attend a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in their community because of significant health and mobility challenges are now able to receive their vaccination at home.

Beginning June 15, anyone not able to leave their home can request an in-home appointment by calling 211. Vaccines will be administered by Nova Scotia Health following a screening process to confirm eligibility. In-home vaccinations will be administered in July and August.
 
The Rural Transportation Association is offering $5 round trip door-to-door rides to vaccination appointments.
The community-based member network includes rural service provider organizations throughout Nova Scotia that offer door-to-door rides.
Finding a ride is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
  1. Pre-book a vaccination appointment.
  2. Choose a provider from the list.
  3. Visit your provider’s site and follow their ride-booking process.
Round trip cost is $5. Most providers require booking at least 24 hours in advance. Find a ride at: https://ruralrides.ca/find-a-ride/
Effective May 1, 2021 ambulance fees will be waived for patients who tested positive for COVID-19, presented with COVID-19 symptoms or experienced an adverse reaction to a COVID vaccine and require emergency transport to hospital. Anyone who received an EHS bill but feels ambulance transport was related to COVID-19 may be eligible for a fee waiver. Contact the EHS Billing Office at 1-888-280-8884 or ambulancebilling@emci.ca
Additionally, the Ambulance Fee Assistance Program will continue to be available to people experiencing financial hardship. For more information click here

Community Links is Recruiting Volunteer Board Members
 
Joining the Community Links Board of Directors offers an opportunity to inspire change and provide governance to the organization. You will influence Community Links in dynamic ways and help ensure older Nova Scotians are seen, heard and valued. If you or someone you know may be interested, find the full details at https://nscommunitylinks.ca/now-recruiting-board-members/, or contact Executive Director Helen MacDonnell at  director@nscommunitylinks.ca or 902-422-0914.

Community Links is seeking older adults to join an Advisory Committee to advise on all aspects of a photovoice project. 

This project is based on a photovoice project Community Links partnered with the PEACH Research Unit at the Dalhousie School of Planning in 2020.  
With funding from the NS Department of Seniors Age Friendly Communities Grant, Community Links is embarking on an expanded version of the project that will include an Advisory Committee consisting of older adults. 

You can see videos of the work here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch? (overview) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne-exHiH-Yo (results)

The committee will bring the perspective of older adults to advise on branding, recruitment strategy, engagement session development, photovoice analysis, as well as photobook development and distribution to community. 
Find more information here.
 
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 
The Public Health Agency of Canada has launched a new funding opportunity entitled “The Intersectoral Action Fund”. PHAC is currently seeking proposals for community-based projects that support collective action on the social determinants of health. This solicitation will aim to build capacity for intersectoral action across three project Streams:
  • Stream 1: Identify priority areas for collective action on social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Stream 2: Foster transformative partnerships to facilitate action on social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Stream 3: Build capacity to take action on social determinants of health and wellbeing
Organizations working in one of the areas or that would like to undertake new work are encouraged to apply. Organizations can apply for between $25,000 and $250,000 per project. The deadline is July 12, 2021 at 3:00pm EDT. For more information, visit the Intersectoral Action Fund website.

Housing Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for the Affordable Housing Program (AHP), which supports the development of new affordable housing.
Government is investing $2 million to support projects under AHP in 2021/22. This funding will be allocated through a new application process and targeted at projects that best align with provincial priorities under the CMHC - Nova Scotia Bilateral Agreement under the 2017 National Housing Strategy. Visit https://housing.novascotia.ca/programs/affordablehousingprogram2021
Applications under AHP will be received from June 1st – July 15th, 2021. Once the application window closes, all submitted proposals will undergo an evaluation and prioritization. Download the application form here: AHP Application Form 2021
HNS will prioritize all applications based on the proposed project’s alignment with Affordable Housing Program guidelines and eligibility criteria as well as the probability proponents will start construction/renovations upon funding approval before March 31, 2022.
 
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Redefining Retirement is holding a FREE 2-hour virtual workshop Wednesday, June 23 from 9 – 11 am. This workshop is a preview, designed to give participants an opportunity to ‘try out’ the program to see if it would be a fit. The full (15-hour) Redefining Retirement program is currently expected to be offered in the fall.
 
By registering for this workshop, you are not making any commitment to being part of the full program; it is simply an opportunity to come, have fun, and meet other Nova Scotians who are thinking about how to find meaning, purpose, and connectedness during their retirement years. Space is limited, so please register soon.
 
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redefining-retirement-program-preview-and-warm-up-tickets-157832213399, or  www.redefiningretirement.ca for full program details.
 
211 Nova Scotia Information and Referral Services Association of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (https://ns.211.ca/), is seeking international accreditation through the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS at www.airs.org).   The process involves several elements including a consultant's report that assessed the agency's compliance with national standards, a detailed review of the resource database, a secret shopper component, a site visit … and a survey of organizations listed on the resource database.

211 needs your insights and experiences, and invites you to complete the following survey by June 25, 2021. It will take less than 3 minutes. This is a confidential survey and the results are only shared in an aggregated form. If you have any questions, please contact AIRS Accreditation Director, Amy (Fish) Linsley at amy@airs.org.  To complete the survey click here

A Community Podcast Project for Older Women is looking for women ages 65+ who live with financial insecurity to participate in a research project. Participants will take part in ten weeks of online workshops to produce up to three pilot podcast episodes.
 
For more information contact Kelly O’Neil at x2019epk@stfx.ca or visit https://www.olderwomenpodcasting.com/
 
The  Planning for Equity and Planning for Equity, Accessibility, and Community Health (PEACH) Research Unit at Dalhousie School of Planning is excited to introduce Candid Access, an online map of crowdsourced photos and information on accessible and inaccessible public spaces across Nova Scotia. 

Community members are invited to share photos to the Candid Access map. You will be contributing to research that aims to improve and encourage accessible community design as well as helping to build awareness and public knowledge of accessibility in Nova Scotia through a publicly available online resource.

Find more information at About Candid Access. You can also see the Terms and Conditions of using Candid Access. Please note that  participation in Candid Access should be voluntary and  privacy will be protected by receiving all submissions anonymously. Email peach@dal.ca for more information or call 902-424-4877 or 1-866-206-6844 (toll free).

Are you a senior living in the community? Would you enjoy a little fun and friendship with other seniors, singing, dancing, creating? Art Larks! is for you! Led by artists from across NS (and beyond, with NS connections), Art Larks! seeks to bring seniors together for music, visual arts, poetry, dance, story and laughter.
Beginning in early June, free, virtual programs, both live and pre-recorded, will be available for seniors living in the community. Although created for Antigonish residents, seniors from across the province and farther afield are welcome. Registration is required once registered, the link will be made available.
Contact Rachel Power for more information or register . rcpeastcoast@gmail.com or artshealthantigonish@gmail.com

With support from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, Aging2 Halifax has launched a Seniors Virtual Adviser Program. This free program matches senior-led businesses and non-profits with experienced Virtual Advisors, who will help these organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive. Learn more about the program and register online at https://www.boomersplus.com/nova-scotia-seniors-virtual-adviser-program/  

Digital Nova Scotia is offering Tech Shy to Tech Savvy, a no-charge program designed to help individuals improve their digital literacy skills. The interactive virtual sessions allow participants to join from the comfort of their home, while learning how to:
  • Understand communications tech, its impact, and how to connect.
  • Be safe with personal information, protect privacy and data and learn safe digital habits.
  • Create a social media presence and understand different platforms.
  • Efficiently use applications such as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Two additional programs will be offered this summer: Online in the Digital Age: Getting Comfortable and Being Productive and Connecting in a Digital Age. For more information or to register visit https://digitalnovascotia.com/portfolio-items/tech-shy-to-tech-savvy/
 
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
Caregivers NS is hosting its Annual General Meeting  Saturday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m. via zoom.  Please email director@caregiversns.org or call 1.877.488.7390 for a link to the virtual meeting.
 
Nova Scotia Health's Sixth Annual General Meeting – Stronger Together: A Year of Resilience
 will be held virtually  Tuesday, July 6  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Join Us
Stay up to date with Federal and Provincial information and updates on COVID-19 and please, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.
 
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