Open Doors of St. Christopher’s – $10,000 (Larger Grant)
Life in Colour!
Open Doors is a volunteer-driven community hub with 15 programs that strive to strengthen community. They offer community meals, kids and youth clubs, a free clothing store, parenting groups, free counselling, a fresh food box service, community garden and food bank. This grant will support Life in Colour! to develop creative, recreational programming for youth, families, and seniors to engage over the summer on a drop-in basis. The goal is to provide opportunities for participants to improve connectedness (reduce social isolation), activities that create meaning, increased social participation.
It will be rolled out in four elements:
- Youth drop-in sports (weekly) – Drop-in programming with an emphasis on keeping kids active during the summer
- Art Hive4 (weekly) – The art hive will inspire experimentation with diverse media and be a place to make a mess, ask questions and discover new things, both personally and collectively
- Creative living workshops – Led by special guests and staff. They will take place on Saturday mornings and involve intergenerational community art and skills workshops which encourage the young and the old to work together
- Visual journaling for seniors – This will be a series of workshops in which seniors in the community learn to journal in a new way
Together, these program elements will welcome community members from a variety of our current programming in a fun new way.