TUMBLER RIDGE  – Seniors in Tumbler Ridge will soon benefit from Elder Abuse and “train the trainer” workshops thanks to a $20,000 Age-friendly BC grant from the B.C. Government. Tumbler Ridge is partnering with other communities of the Peace Region, including Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, to facilitate these community activities and help older adults recognize, respond and prevent elder abuse. With workshops and training efforts, each community, along with their local seniors’ group, will be better equipped to improve services for older adults, educate residents about the various forms of elder abuse, and raise awareness of local and provincial resources.

Tumbler Ridge is one of 26 communities across the province to receive an Age-friendly BC grant this year. All applications were reviewed by a committee made up of staff from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Ministry of Health. A total of more than $480,000 will be awarded to this year’s successful applicants.

The Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grant Program is a partnership between the B.C. Government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The program allows local governments to establish or continue projects that support the needs of older residents. To date, it has funded more than 200 projects aimed at keeping seniors active, healthy and independent.

To learn more about Age-friendly Community Planning and Project Grants please visit www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly.