NECC Roundtable - May 2020

NOTE: During this month’s meeting we had a discussion about creating a separate conversation/network focused on Community Mental Health Services. If you are interested in participating or have information about mental health services in the HRM please contact us @ necchalifax@gmail.com

 

Veith House

  • Veith House staff are working from home to provide community supports via resource navigation and food donations. Staff are willing to make food deliveries to people in the community should they require it. 

  • Parents/kids can reach out to Erika via email to receive ideas for crafts/activities to do at home. erika.mendes@veithhouse.ns.ca

  • In the process of securing proper insurance for Counselling interns to continue to provide services to people on our current waiting list. Once the list has been dealt with we hope to open up counselling to others in need of support. In the meantime, our social worker is available. 

  • We are working with the Department of Justice to allow for our Supervised Access program to continue via video chat, we still have a few kinks to work out but hope to provide this service within the next few weeks. 

  • Our community garden (Veith House Urban Farm) is in the process of getting ready for the season thanks to volunteers and staff. We will have some opportunities for more volunteers in the near future but we also have to keep in mind social distancing protocols.

  • We have rescheduled our Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held virtually on June 4th at 5:30pm. If you are interested in attending please contact monica.marsh@veithhouse.ns.ca on or before May 21st. The meeting minutes for last year's AGM and more information can be found on the Veith House website. 

 

Lindell Smith

 

Department of Community Services

  • Applications for income assistance currently require less information and documentation up front to receive support. Clients will have to provide the appropriate information at a later date. 

  • Hours of services have extended to 7pm for many agents. There are some Saturday and Sunday hours as well. Check the DCS website for exact hours. 

  • Family resource centres and all service providers are closed to the public but many are still providing services from home, dropping off essential items and providing virtual programs/interactions with participants. 

  • North End Parent Resource Centre has Covid-19 information translated in Arabic.

  • LOVE has creative expression programs available, information on their website. 

  • Big Brother Big Sisters are doing phone support for littles and ensuring continued communication between bigs and littles. 

  • Parenting Journey is still taking referrals but there may be some delay in response. 

 

Halifax Pride

  • Tentative plans for a virtual festival in the works, more information will be made available once known. 

  • Senior social calls between volunteers and seniors who are part of the LGBTQ+ community that are feeling isolated. 

  • Going live with a few different workshops starting next week. 

 

NSECDIS 

  • Continuing to support families via remote communication (phone, video conferencing, email, fax)

  • Support in everything related to child development such as family support and transition supports (i.e., starting pre-primary program)

  • Continuing to receive referrals for children who may be experiencing developmental delays. 

 

Phoenix Youth Learning and Development Centre

  • Programs are being offered to youth online

  • Assisting youth with taxes, CERB and EI claims 

  • Not many youth are currently working/ looking for work at this time due to the pandemic

  • The STEP program for youth ages 16-24 is on hold for the time being, Phoenix will be hiring once they are ready to have the program start up again.

 

Phoenix Youth and Community Centre

  • Providing academic support through google classroom for youth in grades 7-12, there is an incentive for participation, a chance for youth to win $25 SkiptheDishes gift cards each week. 

  • Summer programs are currently on hold until further decisions are made. 

 

Community Health Team

  • The team is still running with 12 navigators providing wellness and resource navigation via phone and Zoom. 

  • Working with mental health partners to provide low-level mental wellness supports for those who do not have access to other services.

  • Began hosting group programs via zoom, most of which are currently full. New programs will be open for registration soon. 

  • CHT has access to interpretation for individuals who speak languages other than english

  • You can contact cht@nshealth.ca for more information. 

 

Halifax North Memorial Library

  • Due to ongoing circumstances around Covid-19, the libraries are closed. 

  • Have been connecting with community organizations to distribute snacks and learning materials to community members.

 

ACEs Canada

  • Link people to resources that are relevant to everyone on the trauma spectrum with information from around the world. 

  • Information on how to build resilience and resources for recovery.

  • You can connect with Elizabeth @ACEsCanada2020 on Twitter and Facebook, to access resources for all things ACEs = Adverse Childhood Experiences prevention, and recovery. If you're interested in something specific contact, 902-209-0934 email: ACEsCanada2020@gmail.com

 

HRCE -- Schools Plus

  • All schools plus staff and parent navigators are listed on the schools website. 

  • Staff are available to provide supportive conversations and support with kids completing school at home. 

  • Schooling packages are available to be delivered at home to kids who do not have access to the internet. This service is available for kids in grades primary- 9. Parents have to be signed up to receive flyers and will receive work every 2 weeks for their children. 

  • Individuals who for any reason are unable to receive flyers can connect to have them delivered to a local organization for pick-up/delivery.

 

HRM

  • Community gardens are open but people are encouraged to respect the social distancing rules

  • Halifax Rec staff are putting together craft and sport related videos for kids

  • All summer camps are cancelled at this time, depending on the situation come the summer months, there may be opportunity for drop in programs. 

 

IWK -- Mental Health and Addictions

  • All services are up and running via zoom, however if there are clients that need to see one of the clinicians one on one, it can be arranged. 

  • Emergency and intake are still in person

  • Still taking referrals. 

  • No residential programs are available at this time. 

 

Reachability

  • Programs are still running via zoom

  • People can check out the reachUP program on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/reachAbility.org/

  • Folks can enroll in reachUP, participate in the daily videos and earn a grocery store gift card. Anyone can sign up to receive a weekly email that lists community resources and explains federal benefits.

  • BOSS, the anger management program, has been a success so far via zoom and is on its 3rd video conference. 

  • People interested anger management program BOSS can reach out to reachUP@reachability.org   

  • The personal development - confidence building program, One Step Closer is up and running and anyone interested can find out more via reachup@reachability

  • Success 40 program provides some career exploration opportunities 

 

Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre

  • Helping to distribute learning packs through HRCE for the community

  • Week of May 11th, will have materials to help kids complete school work (notebooks, crayons, pencils, etc.)

  • SJAM applied for a grant to work with MGPCLC in distributing breakfast foods. 

  • Collecting craft kits from Wonder’Neath and distributing to kids in the community. 

  • Parenting Journey is continuing virtually. 

  • Starting a new parenting program in partnership with East Preston Family Resource Centre, Nurturing Strong African Canadian Families. It will be a virtual class that begins May 25th, maximum 10 people. 

  • The Department of Justice is providing 40 hot meals from Rudys every Thursday. If anyone is in need of a hot meal, call ahead. 

  • IKEA provided some supplies for distribution such as arts and crafts and pots and pans. 

 

Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre

  • A variety of care packages available. Hygiene packs (donations from Lawtons in Larry Uteck), activity packs, food and snack packs (veggies from Square Roots), and on Wednesday and Thursday there is bread and sweets available. 

  • Pizza Night, Papa Marios is providing pizza kits for families to make together. 

  • For all kits and packages reach out to Bayers Westwood to be put on the list. 

  • Healthy beginnings and Parenting Journeys are still very active. 

  • A lot of mental health concerns have been brought forward by community members, staff are providing phone supports. 

  • IA, EI and income tax questions

  • Serving Halifax, Clayton Park, Bedford and Fairview, not turning anyone away. 

  • Check out the Bayers Westwood facebook page for a chance to enter the IKEA draw 

 

ISANS

  • Programs are taking place via phone and Zoom. 

  • Orientations and intakes are taking place on Zoom 

  • Staff are addressing issues with domestic violence and crisis navigation over the phone. 

  • Food pick up and delivery available, staff are using this as an opportunity for client check-ins as well. 

 

YMCA/NS Works

  • Working from home and continuing to support clients and employers. 

  • Working on planning a virtual job fair for Shannex at the end of the month. 

  • There are workshops taking place via Zoom and there has been an increase in participation, visit ymcansworks.ca to register

 

Harbourside Rotary Club 

  • Unfortunately, the two major fundraisers (RibFest and Mother’s Day Brunch) had to be cancelled this year. This puts the club in a tight position for funding next year. 

  • Souls Harbour has switched from Hot meals to bagged lunches

  • The money that normally funds the Joseph Howe Elementary School breakfast program has been redistributed to Feed NS and the Parker Street Food Bank. 

  • A grant for Covid-19 relief will be given to Feed NS to help with the increased demands. 

  • Looking at options for further fundraising opportunities.

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