United Way funding two new programs

A project that teaches children about body rights awareness is one of two new programs to receive funding from the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.Each year a group of volunteers representing various sectors from Haldimand and Norfolk form the allocation committee. Using their experience the committee allocates funds to programs they feel will meet the most urgent needs of local residents.Taylor the Turtle: My Body Belongs to Me originated in 2011.Carrie Sinkowski, creator and manager of the Taylor the Turtle program, works at the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant and created Taylor as a means to speak to children about the rights they have to their body and surroundings.Funding of $8,000 from United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is being used to develop a new lesson plan based on identities, creating promotional items, and printing new facilitator kits.Sinkowski runs orientation lessons for people that work with children and want to use Taylor as a way to teach body awareness to the kids. These lessons can be for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, school teachers, social workers, and Sunday school teachers.The program does not actually talk about sexual abuse, but instead is focused on emotional literacy, resilience, and expression abilities.“We’re excited. We’ve had really good feedback on our program, and one of the nicest things for me has been that a lot of the growth of the program is so organic,” said Sinkowski.A second new program that has received United Way funding for 2019 is Path to Possibilities – Residents of Trillium Manor.This program is rent geared to income housing for individuals living with a mental illness. It is receiving $10,259 in funding.The individuals learn skills to live independently while living in this home. The skills include budgeting, healthy eating, grocery shopping, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal relationship building.In total there are 15 programs throughout Haldimand and Norfolk receiving funding from the United Way this year, serving over 12,500 individuals. [email protected]

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