Applications Being Accepted for Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative

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March 30, 2023

Applications for the 2023-24 Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative are now open for 50+ clubs and other eligible organizations throughout the province. Through Budget 2023, the Provincial Government allocated $200,000 for the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative.

The application-based initiative provides eligible and successful applicants funding of:

  • Up to $2,000 to organize and promote activities and programs that support healthy aging, mental wellness, social inclusion, and overall well-being; or
  • Up to $3,000 for intergenerational projects and activities focusing on fostering respect and understanding across generations; as well as increasing interaction and sharing of experiences, knowledge and skills.

The Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, was joined by The Very Reverend Roger Whalen, Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and Brenda Halley, outreach social worker with Eastern Health, to make the announcement.

The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist received funding through the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative in 2022-23 to expand the Wellness Collective’s Holistic Health Program offered to individuals living in recovery from addiction and/or mental health issues. This program includes greenhouse gardening, with visits from a horticulture therapist, and exploring various artistic mediums such as photography, painting, sketching, sculpting and upcycling of furniture with instruction from artists in the community.

A total of 112 organizations received funding through the initiative in 2022-23. Further details on all of the recipients can be found in the backgrounder below.

For more information on the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative, guidelines and application form can be found on the department’s website, or by emailing, or calling toll-free 1-888-494-2266. The deadline to submit an application is May 19, 2023.


“As a government, we remain committed to supporting initiatives that promote healthy aging, social inclusion and intergenerational activities. Budget 2023 invests $200,000 for the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative, which provides funding to 50+ clubs and seniors’ serving organizations to bring together older persons and seniors to participate in learning and social activities in their communities. I encourage these groups to apply today to help build a healthier and more inclusive province for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

“I encounter many people who are struggling in our community. In order to try to meet some of their needs, we are engaging in partnerships with the wider community, to help deepen relationships with and among the people of our community. The Wellness Collective is one such partnership. We are grateful to the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development for their support of this partnership, through the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative. It is through this kind of support that we are able to provide programs which cross generational lines and social classes, and bring many different people together to build healthy and meaningful relationships and a healthier community.”
The Very Reverend Roger Whalen
Dean and Rector, Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador)

“The Wellness Collective is grateful to be a recipient of funding through the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative, which has helped support our commitment to mental wellness and recovery through social connection and holistic therapeutic activities, and aligns with Eastern Health’s vision of healthy people, healthy communities. Recognizing that there are many pathways to health and healing, the collective combines traditional talk therapy with activities such as gardening, hiking, yoga, meditation, cooking and food sharing. We create a safe, therapeutic, accessible and peer-supported space for people to try new skills, share wisdom and talents, and journey together towards mental, physical, social and spiritual wellness.”
Brenda Halley
Outreach Social Worker, Primary Health Care, Eastern Health


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2022-2023 Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative Recipients

Applicant Project Amount Funded
Active Living for Older Adults Intergenerational breakfast and seniors quilting project $2,000
Alexander Bay 50 + Association Inc. Seniors information sessions $2,000
Anglican Homes Inc. TimeSlips improvisational story-telling $1,200
Barachois 50+ Club Intergenerational baking, knitting/crochet and crafts $1,500
Bauline to Bay Bulls 50+ Club Inc. Social activities $2,000
Bay D’Espoir Seniors’ Care Association Social activities $2,000
Benoit First Nation Inc. Social activities $2,000
Beothuk 50+ Club Christmas hampers/social activities $1,500
Bishop Meaden Manor Social Club Bowling/social activities $1,000
Botwood 50+ Club Christmas/St. Patrick’s Day Dinner $1,500
Boys and Girls Club Bell Island Intergenerational social activities $3,000
Burnside 50+ Club Valentine’s Dinner/intergenerational activities $2,000
Cavendish 50+ Club Social activities $1,500
Clarenville and Area Age-Friendly 50+ Club Social and intergenerational activities. $2,000
Curling Seniors 50+ Club Social activities $1,000
Dermott Lee Memorial Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62 Intergenerational activities and knowledge sharing $3,000
Eric and MacKay Neighbourhood Centre Healthy meals and snacks/intergenerational baking $1,000
Evening Breeze 50+ Club Social events $2,000
Federation des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador Intergenerational activities $2,000
Fortune Seniors 50+ Club Healthy Together intergenerational physical activity and healthy eating program $3,000
Fox Harbour Shamrock 50+ Club Social events and craft nights $1,400
Froud Ave. Community Centre Intergenerational programming $3,000
Gambo Community Youth Centre Cold plate dinner $2,000
Gander Seniors 50+ Club Inc. Social activities $900
Gaultois 50+ Christmas celebration $1,000
Gladgreeters 50+ Club Club meal and outing $1,000
GNL Community Place Intergenerational meals and social activities $3,000
Golden Meadows 50+ Club Christmas social and hampers $1,000
Golden Seabreeze 50+ Club Christmas dinner and intergenerational activities $1,500
Goodwil Seniors Club Intergenerational Christmas party and social activities $2,500
Grand Bank 50+ Club Meal and social $2,000
Grand Falls – Windsor Communty Kitchen Inc. Afternoon tea party $1,500
Hampden Junction Seniors Club Purchase equipment for dart nights, crafts and social activities $2,000
Hare Bay – Dover Lions Club Christmas celebration $1,000
Hare Bay Recreation Committee Intergenerational activities $2,500
Howley 60+ Christmas celebration $1,000
Humber Valley Senior Citizens Club 40th anniversary celebrations $2,000
International Friendship League Avalon Group Intergenerational Christmas Banquet $1,500
Irishtown-Mountain View 50+ Club Inc. Social activities $2,000
Island Harbour 50+ Club Christmas dinner $1,500
Jolly 50+ Club Social activities $1,250
Lewisporte Area 50+ Club Inc. Healthy eating and entertainment $2,000
Live Sustainably NL Intergenerational activities for residents of Katherine House $3,000
Lord’s Cove Recreation Committee Christmas celebration $1,800
MacMorran Community Centre Healthy meals program $1,000
Makinsons 50+ Go Getters Club Social activities $2,000
Marina Golden Age 50+ Club Intergenerational knowledge sharing and socials $2,500
Marystown Lions Golden Age 50+ Club Inc. Christmas celebration $2,000
Musgrave Harbour 50+ Fun Club Inc. Bowling outing and Christmas celebration $1,500
New Horizons 50+ Club Intergenerational Christmas social $1,500
New Tripple Seniors Healthy lunches/snacks and learning events $2,000
New World Island 50+ Club Technology and equipment to support social inclusion and Christmas dinner $1,000
No Surrender LOL #15 Christmas Dinner $1,000
NorPen Status of Women Council Technology to support digital literacy $2,000
North Harbour (Placentia Bay) 50+ Club Technology to support digital literacy and social inclusion $2,000
North River 50+ Friendship Club Inc. Technology to support learning opportunities $500
Pasadena Ski and Nature Park Snowshoeing and social activities $1,000
Pilley’s Island Recreation Committee Healthy eating/cooking and social activities $1,500
Point Au Gaul Recreation Committee Inc. Holiday social and dinner $1,500
Point Lance Seniors Sewing Club Intergenerational sewing and crafts $1,000
Point May Recreation Intergenerational social and skill sharing activities $1,500
Pondview Seniors 50+ Club Christmas banquet $1,750
Random East Seniors 50+ Club Christmas celebration and social activities $2,000
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50, Conception Bay South Seniors’ dances $1,500
Royal Pandora 50+ Club Inc. Healthy active living and social
Sandy Cove 50+ Club Education events $1,000
Silver Threads 50+ Club Christmas dinner and outings $1,000
Smith’s Harbour Recreation Committee Inc. Seniors celebration dinner $2,000
Southern Avalon Senior Citizens Housing Association Inc. Healthy snacks and social activities $800
Southern Labrador Development Association Lunch n’ learn sessions to support healthy meal preparation and healthy aging $3,000
Southern Shore Kindred Spirits Group Intergenerational skill sharing $1,500
Southwest Arm 50+ Club Christmas celebration and social activities $1,500
St. John’s Masters Softball Association Intergenerational barbecue and social $1,000
St. Lawrence 50+ Golden Age Club Christmas dinner and supplies/equipment for social activities $1,500
St. Lawrence Retirement Living Intergenerational activities $2,000
St. Patrick’s Parish Valentine’s Day dinner $2,000
St. Peter’s Seniors Club Christmas celebration and weekly/monthly social activities $1,000
St. Shotts Recreation Committee Inc. Intergenerational Christmas social $3,000
Summerford and Area Age-Friendly Social outings $1,500
Summerside Seniors Club Outings and community outreach $1,000
The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Holistic health program $2,000
The Caribou 50+ Club Christmas dinner and dance $1,800
The Singing Legionnaires Intergenerational performances/education $2,200
Time in the Hall Square Dancers Christmas Dinner and intergenerational skill sharing $1,500
Torbay History House and Museum Life-Long Learning Program for seniors $1,500
Town of Conception Bay South Seniors socials $1,000
Town of Englee Social activities $2,000
Town of Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook Intergenerational community quilting class $2,000
Town of Hare Bay Intergenerational programming $2,500
Town of Humber Arm South 50+ Club Intergenerational skill sharing $2,900
Town of Indian Bay Intergenerational knowledge sharing $2,000
Town of Little Burnt Bay Intergenerational skill sharing $3,000
Town of Old Perlican Christmas celebration $2,000
Town of Pasadena Intergenerational activities $1,000
Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s Intergenerational knitting program $2,000
Tri Town Sewers and Quilters Intergenerational sewing activities $1,000
Trinity Historical Society Inc. Seniors lunch and learn events and intergenerational activities $3,000
Twilight 50+ Seniors Club Physical and social activities $2,000
Twillingate Young at Heart 50+ Club Meal, entertainment and fruit baskets $2,000
United Church Bay Roberts Indoor curling equipment $3,000
Victoria Lions Club Thanksgiving meal $2,000
Violence Prevention Avalon East Intergenerational activities/care packages for seniors $3,000
Watts Cove Quilting Bees Luncheon and quilting materials $500
West St. Modeste Recreation Committee Weekly social and educational activities $1,500
Western Environment Centre Intergenerational food skills workshops $1,500
Westport 50+ Inc. Intergenerational and Indigenous skill sharing $1,500
Whiteway 50+ Club Inc. Intergenerational activities $3,000
Whiteway Community Council Christmas dinner $2,000
Wigmore Manor Seniors Association Holiday celebration and dance and intergenerational holiday breakfast $1,000
Worsley Park 50 plus Club Inc. Meals and social activities $1,500
Yesterday’s Youth 50+ Seniors and intergenerational meals and social activities $2,000
YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador All-inclusive memberships for 40 seniors for one month $2,000


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