Community Resources

Accessible resources to help our community thrive

Community Resources

The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning (MCCL) is dedicated to empowering youth between the ages of 12-19 by connecting passion with purpose through the arts. Our goal is to bridge the learning gap and in individuals disengaged in traditional education or who face barriers in accessing creative learning programs. By doing so, we are developing Nova Scotia’s youth to be engaged and dedicated community members.

Our community is vital to our operation as it provides us with the support we need to be able to provide for Nova Scotia youth. MCCL understands that our community requires support and services that we are unable to offer. Below you will find a list of resources, accessible both locally and through the web.

These resources provide services that tend to the needs that we have identified in our youth, parents, and external community but are unable to provide ourselves.

MCCL is dedicated to supporting both its internal and external community. Believing that when you provide all individuals with high-class opportunities you will receive high-class results.

* If you feel you require assistance or have questions about accessing any of these resources do not hesitate to get in touch with an MCCL staff member, we will be happy to help you through the process!.

Heartwood – Centre for Community Youth Development: Dedicated to empowering youth to feel as though they have the ability to contribute to their community. Heartwood provides leadership development, career training/information, and assists youth in reaching their full potential. 902-444-5885

Youth Project – An organization that advocates and provides resources to LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. Drop-in nights, conferences, camps, and queer-positive/queer-focused events! Also works to educate parents and allies about issues that queer individuals face. 902-429-5429

Phoenix Youth – Offering support and services to help at-risk and homeless youth receive the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness. 902-818-5737

LOVE (Leave Out ViolencE) – An organization that uses self-expression techniques to assist violence-affected youth in transforming their life experiences into peace-making work. 902-429-6616

Laing House – Peer support group for youth living with Mental Illnesses in HRM. 902-425-9018

eMentalHealth – Providing anonymous, confidential and trustworthy information 24/hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of improving the mental health of children, youth and families. – An Internet-based resource for teens struggling with issues relating to their mental health. – An Internet-based resource to help individuals dealing with anxiety.

IWK mental health service – Provides education and services for those with questions about or those currently living with issues related to mental health. 902-470-8888

CHOICES –IWK – Provides a variety of treatment services for youth ages aged 13 up to 19 years old who are harmfully involved with substances, gambling and/or who have a concurrent disorder, which means a substance use problem and a mental health disorder at the same time. 902-464-4110

Bedford and Forsyth Education Centres – An alternative method towards receiving a Nova Scotia High School diploma. Classes are offered on different schedules in an attempt to aid individuals who are unable to attend traditional public school. Classes can be taken one at a time, during the evenings, and over a longer or shorter period than the traditional school semesters. 902-832-8630

Bridges for Learning by Home Bridges – An organization that works to assist in transitioning youth in care back into the mainstream school system, or if appropriate, a recognized alternative school setting that identifies and addresses their unique learning needs. 902-466-1439

NSCC – An alternative way of receiving the high school education equivalent. The NSCC also offers college programs and courses for high school graduates. 902-491-1100

Halifax Libraries – Libraries within HRM give individuals the opportunity to borrow novels, comics, movies, and CDs free of charge. Many of the libraries also offer programming to children and young adults. The sidebar dropdown menu allows you to identify specific programs based on location and age group. The Alderney Gate library is a great spot to hang out before or after programs, less than a 5-minute walk from MCCL’s home base, 50 Queen Street. Contact the Alderney Gate Library at 902-490-5748

CeaseFire – With a focus on black Nova Scotian males, aged 16-24, CeaseFire is a non-profit, community-based project aiming to eliminate violence, in particular, gun violence. Ceasefire is a great project to get involved with or engage in if you’re looking to help eliminate violence in your community. 902-406-4933

The Spot – The Spot is a FREE artistic space for anyone under 30, located at the Halifax Pavilion. At The Spot you can play and record music, write, draw, paint, sculpt, take photos and videos, and anything else you can think of. Local artists are around to offer their experience, and there are always other people being creative alongside you. 902-466-8832

Childcare DirectoryProvides parents with a comprehensive list of childcare options within the province of Nova Scotia.

PFLAG – A charitable organization to help parents and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual/non-cisgender youth. The webpage provides links to resources to help with everything form the coming out process to dating. 902-432-8500

Family Resource Centres – Provides community-based activities and resources for children and families that focus on early childhood development and parenting support.

Dartmouth Family Centre902-464-8234

East Preston Family Resource Centre902-462-7266

Parents and Children Together (Cole Harbour) 902-434-8952

211 – A free, confidential information and referral service that can connect you to thousands of programs and services offered by local community groups, nonprofits and government departments across Nova Scotia. TEXT 211NS (21167) or call 1-888-692-1382

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Working to ensure that Children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as individuals and citizens. Children are paired with mentors or introduced to in-school programs to act as role models, building friendship, trust, and empowerment. 902-466-5437

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Halifax – Working to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. 902-435-3204

 Nova Scotia Sea School – Provides transformational learning opportunities guided by the spirit of the sea and adventure that ensures access for everyone to discover the values of leadership, courage, generosity, resiliency, environmental stewardship, humour and community. 902-423-7284

Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project – A project that seeks equity, justice, and human rights for 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Nova Scotia through building community and developing strong networks outside of the community in addition to public outreach, education, and political action. 902-221-7738

Reachability – Through our unique partnerships within the Disability, Aboriginal, African Canadian and New Immigrant communities, we have created programming that fosters pre-employment skills and employment opportunities for all Nova Scotians facing the sting of stigma. 902-429-5878

Adsum– Provides services and support for women, families, youth and trans* individuals during periods of homelessness. Specifically helping to provide housing for women-led families. Immediate assistance (emergency shelter): 902-423-4443, general inquiries: 902-423-5049

Halifax Community Learning Network – Provides adult learning literacy programs for individuals over the age of 19, who have been out of traditional school for over one year and do not currently have a high school diploma. 902-422-7648

YMCA Employment Centre – Helping individuals in Nova Scotia find and secure employment. 902-461-2513

North End Community Health Centre – Supporting North End Halifax as a healthy community through health services, education, community development, outreach, and advocacy. 902-420-0303

YWCA Halifax – An organization that builds economic security, promotes wellness and creates opportunities for women, girls and their families by providing a strong voice and integrated services. 902-423-6162

Health Association of African Canadians – An organization working to address African Canadian health issues and the system inequities affecting health. 902-405-4222

DASC (Dartmouth Adult Services Centre) A non-profit vocational day program for adults with an intellectual disability.  902-468-6606

Dartmouth North Community Food Centre – Provides food access and skill building programs for community members through community action programs, community meals, an affordable produce market, and community kitchens and gardens. 902-464-8234

Halifax LibrariesLibraries within HRM give individuals the opportunity to borrow novels, comics, movies, and CDs free of charge. Many of the libraries also offer programming to preschoolers, children, young adults, and adults. The sidebar dropdown menu allows you to identify specific programs based on location and age group. Contact the Alderney Gate Public Library at 902-490-5745

Black Educators Association – An association aimed at assisting African Nova Scotian communities develop strategies toward an equitable education system. 902-424-7036

Rotary Club of Dartmouth – The world’s first service club organization working locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto ‘Service Above Self.’

Family SOS – A local non-profit, child-centered organization directed toward building strong and healthy families. Family SOS’ focus includes:  increasing your parenting confidence, developing relationships within families, fostering self-awareness, improving confidence in children and youth, encouraging pro-social choices, strengthening communication within the family, improving health and well being, and empowering self-sustainability. 902-455-5515

Canadian Mental Health Association – A national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. CMHA helps people access the community-based resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness in their own communities. 902-455-5445

Mi’kMaq Child Development Centre – The Mi’kmaw Child Development Centre is an extension program Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Societyy and is a non-profit Native Family resource Centre that consists of an Aboriginal Head Start Program, a Community Action Program for Children, a Provincial Child Development Initative as well as a Provincially funded Daycare Centre. 902-420-1576

Military Family Resource Centres – A non-profit organization with the mission of strengthening the well-being of all those who share the unique experience of military life. 902-427-7788

811 Nova Scotia – Call 811 to receive trusted, everyday health information from a Registered Nurse. In the event that your phone provider does not support 8-1-1 dialing, contact 866-770-7763.

Family Services Association – Private counseling. Cost-based on family income. 902-420-1980

Community centres provide individuals and families with programs and services. The goal of a community centre is to provide access to recreation experiences while promoting healthy lifestyles, vibrant communities, and sustainable environments.

Dartmouth North Community Centre 902-490-5900

Findlay Community Centre 902-490-4728

Looking to get in touch with a community leader? Want to have your voice or opinion hear on a specific issue? We’ve listed the councils, Member of Parliament and MLA below for the Dartmouth area.

David Hendsbee – City Councillor of Preston-Chezzetcook-Eastern Shore. 902.889.3553

Bill Karsten – City Councillor of Dartmouth South-Eastern Passage. 902-490-7032

Lorelei Nicoll – City Councillor of Cole Harbour-Westphal. 902-478-2705

Sam Austin – City Councillor of Dartmouth Central.  902-579-6814

Tony Mancini – City Councillor of Harbourview-Burnside-Dartmouth East. 902-490-4050

Darren Fisher – Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. 902-462-6453

Joanne Bernard – MLA for Dartmouth North. 902-444-9693

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