Prince George, BC – United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $8,000 grant to Alzheimer Society of B.C. for Education and Outreach Road Trip.
Each year not-for-profit agencies, that provide community social programming, can apply for Community Investment Funding from the UWNBC. United Way of Northern BC focuses on three main pillars – to move people From poverty to possibility; develop Healthy people, strong communities and to allow children to develop into All that kids can be.
United Way’s mission is to meet urgent human needs and improve social conditions by mobilizing the community’s volunteer and financial resources in a common cause of caring. Our promise is to invest resources where they are needed the most and where they will have the most impact to the most people.
UWNBC supports 22 communities, 5 Regional Districts and 86 Aboriginal Communities by investing in organizations that deliver programs, advocating for change, and working in partnership with agencies, government, educators, labour, business and community members. We support 157 agencies that provide 200 programs throughout Northern BC. Our efforts positively affect the lives of 1 in 3 people in Northern BC, which equates to 115,000 people being impacted across the north.
Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers First Link® dementia support, a suite of programs and services available to people affected by dementia who are referred by a health-care provider or call the First Link® Dementia Helpline (1-800-936-6033). The trip will include communities of: Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Terrace, Kitimat, Houston, Hazelton, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte City. They will be providing education and support to individuals with dementia, caregivers, family members, community and healthcare professionals.
The Spring 2019 Education and Outreach Road Trip to the NE is scheduled for 27 to 31 May 2019. They will be visiting Mackenzie, Bear Lake, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, First Nations Communities.
Many individuals do not have reliable internet or easy access to larger rural communities. These outreach trips provide an opportunity for clients to meet with and create trusting relationships with staff and colleagues of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Our efforts focus on building dementia-friendly communities – communities of care and inclusion which reduce the stigma and the negative effects of living with a progressive cognitive illness.” says Maribeth Friesen.
One of the greatest challenges with facilitating educational workshops in smaller rural communities is transportation to events, participations and attendance. Staff spend a significant time in reaching out prior to these trips to ensure maximum accessibility, promotion and awareness of the events in each community. These funds from UWNBC allow for proper promotion so that community members will be informed.
The person living with dementia may not be able to be left alone and there is no assistance for the caregiver often at the last minute to attend workshops – over the last 8 years we have learned to work within these parameters. Individuals who access First Link® services are connected to support on average 11 months sooner than if they are not referred.
(In the featured Image- Left to right: Sandra Meehan and Laurie De Croos, Support & Education Coordinators, First Link®, Alzheimer Society of BC; Michele Brooke, Resource Development Officer, UWNBC.)