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Central Alberta programs that foster social well-being get FCSS funding

The focus was on community priorities, says board chair

Twenty-one local programs focusing on mental health and well-being have received $2.32 million in annual funding from Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services.

The agency has awarded funding for the next three years to programs focusing on child and youth development, mental health, strong neighbourhoods and family connections.

The programs were funded in Red Deer, Red Deer County, Delburne, Bowden, Elnora and Penhold.

“This funding really focuses on current priorities in our communities,” said Milt Williams, Red Deer and district board chair.

“We are so grateful to the many stakeholders who informed the process, allowing us to continue to be responsive to local needs.”

Supports for children and youth, family counselling and outreach for seniors were among the programs selected.

These investments improve school readiness and strengthen family connections, said Williams.

“Our local FCSS funding focuses on early prevention, while recognizing the diverse needs in our communities. By being proactive, we can reduce the chance of crisis occurring or minimize its impact.”

Williams added these efforts are key to mitigating instances of domestic violence, crime, addictions and homelessness.

Provincial funding (80 per cent) is matched with municipal tax dollars (20 per cent).

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