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$66, 200 OTF Grant Seeks to Reduce Social Isolation in Family Caregivers

Peterborough – On Friday afternoon, Community Care Peterborough welcomed members of the public to its launch its new Caregiver Relief Pilot Program.  Local MPP Jeff Leal and Dr. Ramesh Makhija, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) were on hand to hear more about the initiative since receiving a $66,200 Seed grant from OTF in October 2016.

“This is a great initiative for our community and I am proud that our government through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is partnering with Community Care Peterborough to assist them with this pilot project. This program will provide aging and isolated in-home family caregivers with the supports they need to offer them the opportunity to reconnect with their communities.” Jeff Leal, MPP

The Community Care Peterborough Caregiver Relief Program will be unique in that it will be a free service provided by specially trained volunteers aimed at reducing social isolation for caregivers unable to get away due to their caregiving responsibilities.  Thanks to the year-long grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, caregivers feeling the effects of social isolation will have the opportunity to reconnect with their community. 

“It is so important to take care of yourself when caring for someone else,” said Alex Rawek, Program Coordinator for the Caregiver Relief Pilot. “This grant has allowed Community Care Peterborough to pilot a program that considers the need for caregivers to take time to themselves and to feel supported during their caregiving journey.”

Community Care Peterborough is currently seeking caring, compassionate, and enthusiastic members of the community to volunteer for this exciting new pilot program.  If you wish to enquire about registering to become a Caregiver Relief Volunteer please call 705-742-7067.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.  With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.  www.otf.ca

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Belair, Executive Director

Community Care Peterborough

705-742-7067 Ext. 210

dbelair@commcareptbo.org

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