Our health, environment, finances

 on September 12, 2018

Are you concerned about climate change and the environment? Your health and dealing with toxins in your home? Your finances?

Living Better on Less (LBoL) is an eight-week series designed to help reduce our impact on the environment, reduce the toxins we use in our homes and help us control our finances.

Developed over the past 10 years at St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle Guelph, participants who come from all income levels, with diverse needs, enjoy making new friends. The purpose is to develop skills which empower you to take control of your own living better on less. We also learn how to access many community resources.

Living Better on Less is highly successful and could be easily facilitated in your community.

Some people must live on less because they are out of work, on a low income or retired. Others live on less by choice, simply to leave less of an environmental footprint.

LBoL topics identified by participants include practical skills. These vary from identifying values, financial planning, healthy eating on less, creative gift-giving, holiday planning, healthy homes, ways to save, transportation, preparing nutritious affordable meals, as well as alternative skin and personal care products.

A hands-on community kitchen, where participants cook and take home healthy and inexpensive meals, is an option.

Additional sessions — partnering with Community Health, Legal Aid, Community Police Services, Volunteer Centre, Employment Services, Family Counselling or Support Services and Financial Planning — bring together resources already in the community.

A Facilitator Guide is available for people wanting to set up a LBoL community program, as well as a Personal Guide for those who cannot attend the group program.

Facilitator training is scheduled for St. Andrew’s Grimsby on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration ($25) includes the guides. Please bring your own lunch. Beverages will be served.

You will be introduced to the program and have hands-on experiences so you can take the program back to your community. Promotion, evaluating the program and fundraising will be covered. Bring someone who can help you make it happen in your community.

LBoL has been highly successful and we are excited to share it with others.

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