NECC Roundtable - November 2019

Erika, Veith House: After school drop in daily, 3:15pm to 4:15pm. $20 PD days available- includes crafts, play time, cooking lesson etc. Children ages 5-12 are welcome. Wrap Around Wellness offering free counselling, accepting referrals or self directed. Happy Holidays Help is waitlisted. Talk It Out and Rap Sessions:  programming around tough topics (such as sexuality, self esteem etc). Spots available. Pay what you can Yoga on Thursdays. 

Maya, Halifax Community Health Team: Located on Young St. Free Health and wellness programming. Seeking accessible spaces on bus routes to deliver programming. All programming at no cost to participanst, as covered through MSI. 

Steven, HRCE: Offers parent navigation and community referrals. If any clients or service users have questions related to education, can direct to him. 

Lisa, Souls Harbour: Last year opened a thrift store in Bayers Lake, which supports all Souls Harbour operations across the province. Seeking volunteer opportunities to increase employability for individuals with disabilities. If know of any opportunities, please reach out. 

Meghann, YMCA: Accepting applications for Summer Work Student Exchange. Students get paid work experience in Quebec, ages 16-18. Cost $125 once accepted. If cost is a barrier, there may be options. This cost includes travel and activities. Students are able to apply online. Also hiring coordinators for the program- post secondary students with access to reliable vehicle. 

Sheriann, YWCA: Have programming starting where newcomer women deliver to others. Also creating a shareable resource. Big fundraiser coming up: “Homes for the Holidays”. 3 homes get decorated by professionals, can purchase tickets to take tours. Meant to inspire how you decorate your own home for the holidays. Fri Nov 22nd from 1pm to 9pm, Sat Nov 23rd from 11am to 5pm, Sun Nov 24th from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. 

Yvonne, Open Arms: Have 8 programs starting in the new year. Reach out for more info. 

Tressa, HRCE: From the Citadel family of schools. Partnered with Autism NS to advise caregivers of HRCE resources that are available. 

Jill, Autism NS: Support families navigating resources. Quick Start is open to individuals with young ones too young for diagnosis, but believed to be on spectrum. Chat-N-Chill on Nov 13th 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Dal Tucker Building, for adults. Silent Santa on Dec 8th and 15th at HSC. On Wednesdays and Sundays at Bedford Mall. Sensory Stories at the North End Library. Neptune offering relaxed performance on Jan 2nd at 7:30pm. 

Anna, Autism NS: Respite care available, reach out for more info. Also always looking for respite workers. Aid with lifespan, not just children. 

Nanok, ISANS: Connect and engage in community, in main areas where newcomers residing, set up resources. Address issues arising in these communities, bridge divides. Host multicultural events in community to share food and traditions, from a lense of integration. 

Magda, Youth Project: Offer services all over the province. In Halifax: GSA conference weekend of the 9th. Gender Creative Kids is every second Sunday. Gives kids under 13 space to explore. Drop In is the second Tuesday of each month, 5pm to 8pm. Swim Night Nov 16th 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Transformers 3rd Wednesday of each month- support and discussion group. Parent night is 4th Thursday of each month. 

Mike, Halifax Community Health Board: Wellness Funds grant just closed. Review will take place over the next month. Had a large number of applicants. Focus this year is on food security, affordable housing, mental wellness. Mike has an interest in physical health and activity. If any organization has interest in programming in that area, let him know. 

Irvine, YMCA: Have ongoing youth group, that aims to increase citizen engagement. 2nd annual Christmas dinner coming up. Stella and Novalea’s Kitchen (social enterprise) up and running, taking orders on Skip the Dishes.

Emma, Coverdale: Supports and services for folx dealing with justice system. Presently offering free counselling 3 times a week. Drop in sessions on Wednesdays. Various programs ongoing, see website for full details. Need volunteers. Presently working on surveys, please encourage clients to fill out. 

Victoria and Adam, Family SOS: Snowsuit Fund is ongoing. Drive on Nov 16th at Mic Mac Mall. 5 dates for families to pick up. Have a fundraiser in January (see NECC weekly send out). 

Parvaneh, Metroworks: Focusing on newcomer women. Supporting bakery and other social enterprises. Looking to engage with community. Presently work very closely with ISANS, interested in partnering with other organizations. 

Saida, Veith House: Supporting all newcomers. Sewing class on Sundays from 10-1, Arabic class is also Sundays from 10-1. Youth sewing class projects are complete. Have a cooking event once a month for newcomer men. Conversation club is Thursdays. Aid with translations, form filling etc. Newcomers Women’s Market is Dec 8th- will be selling handmade crafts and gift ideas. Funds go right back to women/program. Cash only.

Sylvia, Solutions Learning Centre: Offer employability assistance for adults. P.D and employment support in various sectors- food industry is a big one right now. 

Natasha, Mulgrave Family Learning Centre: Doula training class at the end of the month- registration open. Offering Nobody’s Perfect parenting class. Nov 28th, 1-3 hosting SJAM Parent Teacher.

John, Phoenix Mulgrave: Have a program calendar. Nov 28th hosting parent teacher from 1-3. Basketball at Needham, have 16 youth right now- looking to increase. Open to kids aged 12-15. Fridays from 3:30-5:30. 

Adrienne, Harbourside Rotary Club: Thanksgiving dinner was a success. Presently supporting SJAM breakfast program and Souls Harbour (one meal a month). Looking for speakers at monthly meetings. Sponsoring international exchange student for one year, apply online. 

Hannah, Central and Halifax North Library: Central has a lot going on, check website. 5 year anniversary coming up, celebration on Dec 14th and 15th.


Elinor, Halifax North Library: Food and Mood (programming discussing how diet affects wellness) on Nov 14th. Location is accessible and has gender neutral washrooms. Solar program is being offered at various locations, check with individual libraries. Youth programming is available- check calendar for more info. On Nov 18th, 902 Man Up presents Beyond Street Checks- a look at the independent review of street checks. 

Amanda, reachability: offer programs for self-development and employability. Have some funds for wellness. Referrals can be self driven, or come from community partner. Open to ages 16 and up. Not disability specific, inclusive of all barriers. As well, welcoming of site visits and tours from community partners. 

Kilah and Brian, Office of Lisa Roberts: working on digital communications. On their site, they have all programming from NECC listed. Have an event calendar that agencies are able to submit to. Also have job postings/listings. Planning holiday open mic- open to the public. 

Stephanie and Garth, HACL: offer peer support, parent talk and tea, sibling support group, community living crew. Free (15 minute) massage clinic on Nov 25th. Nov 21st there is  a sibling support group at Veith House. Nov 26th 6-7:30pm, CLC at Veith. Offer transition support: advocacy, future planning. Have inclusive day care services at Development Centre. Best Buddies program- mentorship program through Kings College. 

Maya, Capoeira Halifax: offering programming at Citadel, funds go to youth in Brazil. Also offering school programming. Visit for more info.