NECC Roundtable - March 2020

Erika - Veith House

  • Yoga takes place on Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 am, pay-what-you-can

  • Caregivers circle is open to everyone on Wednesday mornings from 10am-12pm. Anyone who is caring for young children ages 0-5 are welcome to come in and socialize in our play space. 

  • March Break camp is full. 

  • Summer camp registration begins April first. We are waiting for approval on the fees but will let everyone know once they have been confirmed. 


Garth - Halifax Association for Community Living (HACL)

  • Supporting people with disabilities in the Halifax areas

  • Provide peer support groups

    • Parent Support Group will be held on March 10th from 11-12:30pm at the Alderney Landing Library

    • Sibling Support Group will be on March 22nd 6-7:30pm at Veith House

    • Self-Advocate Support Group will be March 24th 6-7:30pm at Veith House

  • HACL is working with a Dalhousie student to create an infographic that outline the renters rights for people with disabilities

  • Continuing work on a resource map of the Halifax Peninsula that shows 20 different service providers.


Cassia and Victoria - Family SOS

  • Gottingen st. location has now moved temporarily to Cornwallis St. above the Buddy Daye Centre. 

  • Registration is open for Parent Programs running from March 31-May18th 

    • Dad groups are Tuesdays from 6-8pm

    • Mom groups Thursdays from 10-12pm

  • Community Fridge → there will be 5 locations in the Halifax area (one at each Family SOS location and then 3 others). Anyone can bring food to put in the fridge, and anyone who needs additional food resources can take what they need.

    • Looking for other accessible locations in the Halifax Area. North End area included. 

  • Doing a bike drive, anyone who wants to donate a new or used bike may do so. Working with partners to fix up bikes and ensure safety before distributing to children in the community. 


Mallory - NSECDIS

  • An organization that works with children who have developmental delays by providing support both at home or at community organizations. 

  • Accept both referrals from self and other organizations/services


Adrienne - Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club 

  • Now have 65 members

  • RibFest will take place July 2-5th at Alderney Landing → as a Rotary Club event, all money goes back into the international and local initiatives they support 

  • Frequently work with Souls Harbour, Veith House and other organizations. 

  • Currently supporting Joseph Howe Elementary’s breakfast program. 

  • Recognition of International Women’s Day by sponsoring a panel of Women discussing their professional journey and ways to navigate 

    • Taking place Friday, March 6th from 9am-12pm (see poster in NECC send outs) 


Phil - Service Canada

  • The Quinpool rd. location has moved and merged with Passport Canada at a new site on Argyle. 

  • On Saturday from 10am to 3pm the CRA and Province will be having a Super clinic at the Captain William Spry Rec Centre in Spryfield. 

    • Free income tax (for low-income individuals)

    • Children learning bonds

    • SIN registration 

  • Another Super Clinic will be taking place on March 28th at the Dartmouth North Library. 


Matthew - YMCA Immigrant services

  • Supports newcomer families facing any issues, they provide crisis prevention and intervention. Feel free to share that this service is available. 

  • The New YMCA on South Park St. will be opening this year. 


Saida - Veith House

  • Monday - sewing classes from 10am to 1pm 

  • Thursday - Newcomer conversation club 10am to 1pm 

  • Sundays there is Arabic classes and a new STEM program for youth girls in grades 7-9. 

  • The Newcomer Kitchen Party is still available for catering events for other organizations. 

  • Provides resource and service navigation. 

  • Ongoing and new partnerships with YMCA/YWCA and MetroWorks to provide new services and workshops for newcomers 


Parvaneh - MetroWorks - Participant Navigator

  • Working on projects for Newcomers

  • Looking for ESL tutors to work with Frontier College

  • Would like help finding opportunities for women in the community


Melissa - Wonder’Neath

  • A new studio space has been found at 2482 Maynard st. and they are working towards making the space accessible. 

  • Open studio is on Friday and Saturdays from 2-4:30 and 5-7. There are studio artists on site and materials available for public use. 

  • Afternoon Shift is a program for youth ages 15-30 and their support networks. It focuses on Youth Mental Health and Wellness & is sponsored by Medavie. Anyone is welcome to drop in Wednesday Afternoons from 1-4pm. If timing is an issue, Wonder’Neath is willing to come to groups of 10-15 people. 

  • Art Bikers are now hiring 2 positions (open to anyone under 30, one person returning to school and one not). Applicants no longer need to own their own bikes. 


Mara - Reachability

  • The Employment program is now opened to anyone who needs support

  • Success 40 is a program for people who may not be ready or are in need of more support in finding work (have more barriers in place). This is an 8 week program. 

  • Employment Bootcamp is a 4 week program

  • Both include workshops for interview skills, resumé writing, job coaching etc. 


Meaghan - HRM

  • The city is working on a naturalization project at Merv Sullivan Park (The Pit) to utilize some of the unused green space. There will be a kid friendly event day for volunteers to help redo the space and plant seeds. 

  • Step Up to Leadership (18+) is a program to teach about leadership, starting a nonprofit, running a board of directors, etc. Tuesdays starting March 24 from 6:30-9pm for nine weeks. Registration required.

  • Community Garden applications are due by March 15th, possibility of extension until March 31st. 

  • Able to do more workshops around volunteer recruitment strategies


Michelle - Coverdale 

  • Programs to support women going through the court system

  • Healing and Trauma on the 10,12,18, & 20th from 2-4pm 

  • Helping Women Recover on Fridays from 10-12am

  • Drop-in Centre is open Wednesday from 1-4pm 

  • Counselling available Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only

  • There are one-on-one program sessions available if you call ahead. 

  • A full-time court support worker is now available on the Dartmouth side. 


Bryan - Lisa Roberts Office 

  • Running a community calendar online, community members and organizations are able to submit their events to be added for everyone to see.