Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Community Forum-Eating Disorders Action Group

The Eating Disorders Action Group invites you to add your voice to an important discussion on eating disorders, support, and resources at our Community Forum.

Wednesday, February 8th, 7-8:30pm
Room 208, Bloomfield Centre, 2786 Agricola St.

All are welcome.
For more information please contact us at 443-9944 or reception@edag.ca

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Awesome Foundation is looking for awesome ideas!

The Awesome Foundation exists to spread awesomenisity through the world. There are 25 chapters (in locations from Boston to New Zealand). And now we’ve added Halifax to the list.

Each chapter gives away one, $1,000 grant every month to someone (or a group of someones) who has the most awesome idea. You can use it to change the world, do something silly that will put a smile on peoples’ faces, or introduce something wild and crazy that no one has ever thought of before. Pitch your awesome idea and you’re in the running!

The Halifax Awesome Foundation will give away its first $1,000 grant on February 29, 2012 at 7 pm at Garrison Brewery.

Interested in submitting an application for a grant? Visit the Submit Your Idea link and fire away!

Have questions? Drop us a line at halifax@awesomefoundation.org.

Want to know more about this very awesome foundation? Check out the main website at http://www.awesomefoundation.org/.

Starting and Facilitating a Self Help Group

Whether you are looking for information on starting your own self-help group or you are a current self-helper looking to expand your knowledge and skills regarding facilitating and resolving conflict in groups, this workshop is for you!

When: Saturday, March 31st 2012
Where: NSCC Waterfront Campus
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00pm
Registration at 9:00am
Cost: $20

* Cost includes lunch, snacks, coffee/tea, and all workshop materials

To register, contact Ashley Cooley Phone: 466-2011 ext. 16 or Email: ashleycooley@eastlink.ca

Friday, January 20, 2012

Volunteer Leaders Wanted!

Do you have a chronic condition? Interested in volunteering in your community? Learn how to manage your chronic condition & empower others to do the same. Volunteer with Your Way to Wellness!

What is Your Way to Wellness?

Your Way to Wellness is a 6-session workshop that helps people with chronic conditions and their caregivers overcome daily challenges, take action and live a healthy life! This free program is led by 2 trained volunteer facilitators. Groups meet weekly (2 ½ hours) for 6 weeks.

Participants learn how to:

• Set goals & problem solve
• Eat healthier & become more active
• Manage symptoms & make daily tasks easier
• Improve self-confidence & manage difficult emotions
• Improve communication with health care providers, family & friends

Volunteer Requirements:

Your Way to Wellness volunteers should…

• Be comfortable speaking in front of groups
• Have good literacy skills and be able to follow a scripted format
• Be able to commit to a 4 day training session (at no cost to you)
• Co-lead at least two 6-week programs within the first 18 months after training (and at least 1 within the first 12 months)
• Have a willingness to learn. You do not need a clinical/medical background to be a Your Way to Wellness volunteer (Training will be provided)

What's in it for me?

As a Your Way to Wellness volunteer you will…

• Gain valuable skills in learning and teaching, group facilitation & public speaking
• Become a certified Your Way to Wellness Volunteer Leader
• Help empower people in your community to improve or maintain their health
• Receive a small honorarium for facilitating group sessions
• Gain experience to build your resume and possibly lead to other career opportunities

Training Information

Dates: March 22-25 2012.
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (approx)
Location: Halifax (details to be announced)

There is no cost for this training. Meals (including lunch and light morning and afternoon snacks) will be provided. Free parking is available on site, but is on a first come first serve basis and is subject to availability.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie (program coordinator at Capital Health) at 473-7709 or yw2w@cdha.nshealth.ca.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Community Meeting/St. Pat's

Topic:  St. Patrick’s Alexandra School

January 21 / 2012  - 1pm
Cornwallis Street Baptist Church
5457 Cornwallis Street, Halifax


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Newcomer On The Move

Do you want to learn about ways to engage newcomer girls and young women in physical activity, sport and recreation initiatives?

CAAWS’ Newcomer On the Move project, with support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is designed to address disparities in the availability and utilization of physical activity and sport opportunities for newcomer girls and young women (those living in Canada five years or less). CAAWS is excited to partner with Active Halifax Communities and The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Immigrant Services to support a Newcomer On the Move program in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Space is limited so register early!!

Cost: FREE!

When: February 7th 2012, 10:00am-3:30pm
Lunch and snacks will be provided (please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions).

Where: FairbanksCenter, 54 Locks Rd, Dartmouth
Dress appropriately to take advantage of the beautiful trails of ShubiePark during the lunch break!
R.S.V.P. to: deborah.fram@gov.ns.ca or 424-6608


Thursday, January 12, 2012

New project funding available

Halifax Community Health Board is accepting applications to the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) project funding from qualified non-profit and community based organizations.

This funding is being offered for the first time by the Halifax Community Health Board (HCHB). This funding is separate from our annual Community Development Fund grants. HCHB has received additional funds from the Department of Health and Wellness specifically for projects that support healthy eating and physical activity for children, youth and families. To be eligible for HEPA funding, a project must be focused on either physical activity or a combination of the two.

Halifax Community Health Board serves residents of Halifax peninsula and Fairview. Projects must take place in and serve residents of our area. HEPA project funding requests must not exceed $5,000. HCHB may choose to completely or partially fund your application.

To find out more about funding criteria and to discuss your idea, please contact Susan Dunn at 487-0592 or susan.dunn@cdha.nshealth.ca

Deadline for applications is Friday, February 10, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Free Collaborative workshop

You're invited to a free collaborative workshop for aspiring artists and musicians at: 

The Spot:
  • An innovative new arts place for youth and young adults
  • A place to connect with peers and mentors
  • A place to seek inspiration and inspire others

Thursdays: January 19th-May 10th, 2012
3:30-5:00 for ages 15-18
5:30-7:30 for ages 19-30

(Preview and registration day at the Pavillion on Thursday January 12, drop in between 4-6pm to see the space and meet us!)

The Pavilion: 5816 Cogswell Street: on the Halifax Commons
Bus Routes 1, 6, 80, 81, 7, 20, 23

CONTACT: Barb McLean
(p) 902.473.5227 ext 3
(e) TheSpot.Halifax@gmail.com
(w) http://www.thespothalifax.ca/

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Mental Health For All Coffee House

Mental Health for All Coffee House
presented by
CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth Branch 
Everyone is welcome! Feel free to drop in!
January 7th, 2012 - Musician Peggy Gillis

Live Musical Entertainment & Refreshments
Every Saturday Afternoon (weather permitting)
1:00pm – 4:00pm, until March 31st, 2012
Bloomfield Centre, Rm 114, 2786 Agricola Street, Halifax

For more information call 455-5445 or e-mail cmhahal@ns.aliantzinc.ca
web: www.cmhahaldart.ca or search for CMHA Halifax Dartmouth on Facebook!

Help promote local musicians, create community, reduce stigma and have fun!

This Initiative is funded by a grant from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Not Well Enough Alone: Mental Illness and Isolation

 Effective treatment of mental illness should include social dimensions of care. Yet the experience of being diagnosed with and treated for mental illness in Canada is often isolating. This CafĂ© Scientifique will highlight how important it is that we as patients, communities, health practitioners, researchers and policy makers create and implement strategies for preventing social isolation among individuals with mental illness, and promote supportive and innovative practices of social connection.

7:00 Thursday, January 19, 2012

Humani-T Gelato & Expresso Bar
5755 Young Street, Halifax

Presented by Novel Tech Ethics. Science on tap. Quench your interest.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Online Petition

"Be it resolved that the Halifax Regional Council review its decision to sell the St. Patrick's Alexandra School property to JONO Developments in order that the interests and needs of both the Community and the City be given equal opportunity in the use of this public property."




Jillian Martin

North End Community Health Centre

Living at home longer: Home care programs that can help

Everyone wants to grow old at home, but many people need help doing that as safely and independently as possible. Learn more about what programs may be available, who is eligible, how much programs cost and how to access them, as well as resources for caregivers at this information session hosted by Capital Health Integrated Continuing Care and the Chebucto West Community Health Board. The session takes place Jan. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 169, Spryfield Wellness Centre, 16 Dentith Rd. (South Centre Mall). Free parking.