Cobble Hill program aids people with developmental disabilities

A new accessible program space for people with developmental disabilities is being created in Cobble Hill.

The Clements Centre Society will take on the project with $250,000 in funding from the Community Gaming Grants program. The society is one of the largest not-for-profits in the Cowichan Valley, delivering programs to almost 200 adults.

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Those programs include recreational activities, vocational training and a residential program to link people with housing options.

The new project will transform an aging facility and will include an open space for arts, crafts and education, sensory quiet rooms and a kitchen for cooking programs.

“Today’s announcement means that folks who live with diverse abilities and their families will have a new and welcoming place to maximize their skills, gain independence and contribute to the community where they live, work and play,” Leslie Welin, society board chair and CEO, said in a statement.

“Having a facility so close to home is crucial to the well-being of the people we serve and their families.

“Once built, we are so pleased that the community will have access to some of the spaces — a real community asset.”

The society is one of 63 not-for-profits receiving $5 million in capital-project grants through the Community Gaming Grants program this year.

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