NECC Roundtable - June 2020

Phoenix Youth Employment Centre

  • Staff are working with clients and employers on a work resumption plan. 

  • Continuing to provide online and phone support for employment and education. 

 

NSECDIS

  • Programs are continuing to take referrals for families and children with developmental concerns. 

 

ReachAbility

  • Programs are still running fully via phone and Zoom

  • There is capacity in all programs for referral and intakes, all programs are open to everyone no matter their ability

  • Staff are continuing to provide resources to the community via Facebook, check out the ReachUp (A newsletter with information and resources) and ReachOut (access to free webinars and videos) online

  • This week is National Accessibility Week, visit www.reachability.org/national-accessability-week for information on events

 

Phoenix Youth and Community Centre

  • Continuing to work on switching programs to online. 

    • Will be providing Youth with programming 2 days a week via Zoom

    • Adult programming will be 1 day a week via Zoom 

  • Partnering with the North Memorial Library and Square Roots to provide community members with resources, vegetables and pizza kits. 

  • Staff are hoping to have more opportunities to provide small group programs as restrictions are lifted

 

Community Health Team

  • Continuing to provide programs via Zoom now, and throughout the summer months. Each program will be evaluated to see what programs will need to be offered in person as restrictions are eased. Fall program delivery may look different. 

  • On June 8 and 15th, the IWK has space in their “My Child is Anxious, Should I Worry” program

  • For people looking to access in-person counselling services for mental health and addictions, Wellness Together Canada has great services, visit http://ca.portal.gs

      • CHT had 2 clients access this service for Trauma and Addictions, both gave great feedback. 

 

North Memorial Library

  • Continuing to work with Square Roots to prove the community with fresh veggies. 

  • Distributing activity kits and snack packs as well

  • If anyone knows of anyone who would benefit from receiving deliveries, connect them to us

 

Department of Community Services

  • During the pandemic, Income Assistance service hours have been extended via phone. People can call 1-833-722-1417 after hours to talk to a caseworker. (After hours, people may not be able to connect to their regular worker)

    • Mon-Fri 4:30pm-7pm

    • Sat 8:30am-4:30pm

    • Sun 10am-2pm

  • Departments and service providers are working on a return to “normal” plan. DCS will be providing service providers with a presentation of information to keep in mind when reopening and to come up with a plan. 

 

Metro Works

  • Working with more than 40 Newcomer women on work skills and building social enterprises

  • Throughout the pandemic Metro Works has connected families to food and online programs and services 

 

Community Health Board

  • Certain members of the board have stepped in to support essential services during this pandemic. The board will be coming together next month. 

 

The following link from Recreation Nova Scotia may provide some information for organizations working to plan summer recreation programs

https://www.recreationns.ns.ca/covid-19-information.html

 

Lisa Roberts- MLA

  • On top of the regular monthly online newsletter, a summer and winter paper newsletter typically goes out around this time. Normally, the summer newsletter has information about upcoming events and festivals. However, since there will be no such events this year, the hope is to fill it with information about community services, programs, etc. that can be accessed during this time. 

  • June Newsletter is now up on the website www.lisarobertsmla.ca, visit or email lisarobertsmla@gmail.com to subscribe to receive the monthly newsletter

  • For anyone who is short on money for projects ($200-$300), you can reach out to Lisa Roberts’ office as they are looking for advertisement opportunities. There is limited capacity for this. 

  • Lisa is working on supporting non-citizens who are facing issues and barriers around documentation. 

  • June 3, 2020 the constituency will be hosting a discussion about anti-black racism which is open to the public. 

 

YMCA/NS Works

  • Have been receiving inquiries about when they will be reopening

  • All workshops are available to register for free at www.ymcansworks.ca and staff are still providing client support

  • The first Virtual Job Fair took place in May and was a huge success, 4 job offers were made on the spot. Two more job fairs will be taking place soon. Stay tuned. 

 

Veith House

  • Newcomers programs are focusing on providing community support by helping to navigate resources and benefits during the pandemic. 

  • Connections have been made with the Spryfield Market and YMCA for women in the community. 

  • Youth have been working on scholarship applications, taking part in Youth online activities such as making face masks for the community, have been doing weekly sessions with Dalhousie SuperNova, and receiving online tutoring from Frontier College. 

  • Veith House has continued to provide community members and clients with resource navigation and food support while working from home. 

  • The Veith House Urban Farm has started planting seeds for this year

  • Summer and reopening plans are currently in the works. 

 

Family SOS

  • 140 activity kits have been delivered each week

  • 80 food packs have been delivered each week

  • Continuing to provide in-home parenting support and parenting groups via Zoom

  • Received a grant to get 30 laptops to lend out to members of the community so that they are able to keep in touch and have better access to resources. 

  • Summer camps are still in the works, there will be some in-person programming but unsure as to what capacity.

 

Souls Harbour

  • Still serving meals at the door to-go, There have been about 300 clients receiving meals daily. You can see what is being served by visiting the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, NS facebook page each day.

  • Anyone is welcome to come for a hot meal, doors are open Mon-Fri from 11:30am to 3:00pm and Saturdays 11:30am to 1:00pm. 5568 Cunard St. 

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