Inspire Community Outreach Receives $6,000 Grant From Bell

WINNIPEG, MB — Bell’s Let’s Talk Community Fund has given Inspire Community Outreach a $6,000 grant to support youth facing, or at-risk of developing, mental health challenges through the Get Your Art On! program.

Inspire works with youth to build their skills and confidence through a variety of programs including therapeutic self expression, cooking, and physical activity.

With Bell Let’s Talk funding, the organization will offer eight creative expression classes to youth facing or at-risk for developing mental health challenges.

They will work with children and teens who participate in programs through Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, VOICES Manitoba Youth in Care, the Winnipeg School Division, and Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

“Our goal is to support youth and families to be their best self, to feel empowered, recognize their own strengths, resources, and potential,” says Inspire’s Executive Director and Found Angela Taylor.

“With the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant, the Let’s Get Our Art On! program will run in 3 separate areas of the community, providing training and supporting self-expression and positive coping skills throughout our city. We are so fortunate to work alongside our amazing community members, providing inclusive and adaptable supports, where they are needed.”

The workshops will be supportive of and accessible to children of varying artistic and neurological abilities, and will work to reduce the stigma of being ‘different.’

Priority goals will be helping children to build a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, and a sense of belonging through art programming that integrates mindfulness practice, music, and movement with creative expression.

Inspire offers specialized programs for children and youth of all abilities aged 3-12, and 13 and up.

Programming varies from one session, drop-in, to weekly programming.

We use a strengths-based approach in teaching skill building and positive mental health coping strategies.

They also offer caregiver and family empowerment programs which are Family-centered support for families of every shape, size and variability.

Power and resource sharing to help families feel empowered.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Inspire Community Outreach in its outreach work to improve the lives of young people in Winnipeg living with or at-risk of mental health issues,” says Bell Let’s Talk Chair Mary Deacon.

“Inspire Community Outreach is one of 7 groups helping Manitobans living with a mental illness and their families receiving grants from the 2016 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.”

—MyToba News

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