Funding was announced today, Sept. 8, for two organizations in Kings County that support seniors’ safety and create opportunities for seniors to be more active in their communities. MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors, announced grants for Kings Transit Authority and the Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society. “These grants enable our community-based organizations to identify and address issues of safety for our seniors,” said Mr. Irving. “I am pleased to see both Kings Transit and the Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society developing programs with this grant that strengthen and expand the services provided to seniors.” The Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society is receiving a $20,000 Senior Safety Grant for its Seniors’ Safety Program. The program works in partnership with local police services and other social service agencies to promote seniors’ safety and education, staying active, positive mental and physical health, independence and crime prevention. “With over one-fifth of the senior population in Nova Scotia living in Kings County, we fully appreciate this support from the Department of Seniors,” said Daisy Dwyer, president of Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society. “Enhancing seniors’ lives builds quality into the fabric of our society and that’s why we work so hard to keep citizens informed, independent and integrated within our communities while they age.” The Kings Transit Authority is receiving a $10,000 Age-Friendly Community Grant to help increase the use of public transit among older adults in rural areas. Funding goes towards co-ordinating activities and group outings to increase confidence and comfort with public transit. “Many seniors in our community have very active lifestyles that include community programs, shopping, social functions as well as volunteer and work commitments,” said Stephen Foster, general manager at Kings Transit. “This new initiative will provide seniors with education and training on the benefits of using public transportation.” Support from government helps these inclusive programs to improve accessibility for seniors and enables them to participate more fully in their communities.