Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 

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Giving Hope Some Hope 

FHA dedicates $500k to the well-being of Upper Fraser Valley town

Fraser Health Authority



raser Health has awarded $500,000 to community organizations in Hope, to create homegrown solutions to some of the area’s biggest health issues.

Applicants were initially evaluated by the Hope and Area Healthy Communities Committee, a local group dedicated to improving the health of residents in Hope and the Fraser Canyon.

"I am pleased to see the collaboration between the District of Hope, Fraser Health and many community stakeholders result in the awarding of $500,000 in ongoing funds to support the health of our community," said Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope. "This funding will support strategies to improve the overall health of residents, young and old, as the projects come to fruition in the coming months."

The committee is comprised of representatives from Fraser Health and various community organizations. The final decision was made by the local steering committee comprised of District of Hope delegates, elected region directors, local Fraser Health leads, a First Nations Health Authority representative, and a University of the Fraser Valley representative.

Micro Health Grants ($50,000; ongoing): On October 24, 2016, Fraser Health awarded $32,325 in micro health grants for one-time projects or seed money. A total of $50,000 will be dedicated to help get initiatives off the ground and provide an opportunity to invest in the overall health and well-being of Hope and the Fraser Canyon. $50,000 will be set aside each year to support small initiatives that can be funded when guidelines and criteria have been met, up to a maximum of $10,000 for each application.

The micro grants awarded so far are:

• Parental Wellness Circle ($4,325) – On a short-term basis, the Hope Community Services will hire a facilitator, who is trained in mental health issues to lead and recruit parent volunteers to initiate a wellness circle. Parenting programs have proven to be effective in improving the short-term psychosocial health of mothers, helping reduce depression, anxiety or stress, and improving self-esteem and relationships. The intention is to use the parent volunteers to facilitate the circle once trained.

• Trauma Support ($2,000) – Victim Services will train more staff and work with crisis volunteers to support victims and their families in post-traumatic events.

• Rehab Services ($6,000) – Operated by the Hope Medical Centre, this is a one-year project to attract physiotherapy resources to support local communities in receiving outpatient physiotherapy services closer to home, rather than having to travel to Chilliwack.

• Silver Creek Playground ($10,000) – These funds will support the first phase of construction for a new playground in the Silver Creek community, which is located in the District of Hope. Currently, the community has no playground or safe play area for their child and youth population. This work is being led by the Silver Creek PAC.

• Food Security Coalition ($10,000) – These funds will support the Hope and Area Food Security Coalition in partnership with the AdvantageHOPE and University of the Fraser Valley. These organizations will lay the groundwork for a future Community Food Hub, including food reclamation and redistribution, a stronger local food system, and multi-generational programming to share knowledge and enhance food skills.

On October 31, 2016, individual community organizations were informed that their Expression of Interest proposal was approved. They have been awarded specific funding assigned for each of the strategies and actions in support of improving the overall health and well-being of residents within the District of Hope and the communities in the Fraser Canyon.

• A collaborative mobile youth health and wellness outreach program supported by a youth coordinator for the District of Hope and communities of the Fraser Canyon. The outreach program will offer after school programs, suicide prevention, health education, and intergenerational programs. The coordinator will advertise, coordinate and find locations for programs; set up and partner with local communities to run after school recreation programs; and partner with local organizations such as TREK, Hope Mountain Centre and the High School. A total of $75,000, on a yearly basis has been assigned for this program and the lead agency, Hope and Area Transitions Society.

• A Volunteer Coordination Program will coordinate and facilitate access to programs, services, resources, and events for seniors and adults through a collaborative drop-in, outreach and online volunteer network. The program will address depression, suicide prevention and a sense of belonging by increasing opportunities and access to ways of getting involved and connected in the community. People of all ages are encouraged to participate to promote intergenerational opportunities. The Read Right Society was the lead applicant for this EOI and $50,000 has been awarded on a yearly basis for this program.

• An expansion of Mental Health and Substance Use services for early intervention programs will enhance service delivery including opportunities for age appropriate presentations and services to primary and middle school grades. This program expansion applies not only to the District of Hope but also the communities of the Fraser Canyon. This expansion also includes a coordinated and collaborative effort using a mobile outreach team. The team will deliver services to a remote and rural demographic, promoting healthy living and social connectedness among vulnerable First Nations and non-First Nations residents in Hope and the Fraser Canyon. A total of $50,000 has been awarded to the lead community organization, Hope and Area Transitions Society, on an ongoing basis.



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