Next NECC gathering: Jan 15, 5-7 p.m. at Shambhala School on Russell St.


Jan 15th NECC-2poster


Please consider joining us for this.

In October, more than 20 parents, artists, community workers and other residents did a workshop on restorative practices with Gola Taraschi-Carr through the North End Community Circle.  We explored why we sometimes feel tension or even experience conflict with other members of our family or community.  We talked about what happened in the moments and days after conflict – and how it affects our bodies and minds. And we talked about how restorative practices work to restore us to a sense of well-being. (More background here.)

At the next NECC meeting, in November, we landed on mindfulness as a useful practice for restorative practices.  Members of the NECC who are part of the St. Joseph A. McKay school community – which uses restorative circles in the classroom- affirmed this.

And that’s how we decided to approach Shambhala School – literally across the street from SJAM – to see if they’d share some of their knowledge.  Their answer: Yes.

Food will be provided. Childcare will be provided.  It would be very helpful to have an approximate idea of number so please pre-register: necchalifax [at]

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The New Roundtable

***Please note: the roundtable is happening every month on the first Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Veith House.  We’ll likely take the summer off, but please join us May 6 and  June 3 to meet and share information with other people working to make life better for residents in North End Halifax.  Anyone is welcome.***

The North End Community Circle has always included many service providers – that is, people who have jobs to help make the North End of Halifax a better place to live. Regulars in the circle include social workers, recreation programmers, police officers and clergy members.

Now, with the United Way funding that we received in the spring of 2013, we’re really trying to engage more residents in the circle.  We’re offering workshops and food and childcare to make coming to the circle more attractive and feasible.

But there’s still great value in offering a space where service providers can share information about programs that they’re offering and identify needs that they could use help to address.

That’s why, on January 7 at 9 a.m., the NECC will host the first North End Multi-Service Roundtable at Veith House.  In fact, Veith House has booked its board room for the first Tuesday of the month, from 9 – 11 a.m.,  for the next year and they promise to put on some coffee.

This is modeled on the Spryfield Multi-Service Roundtable which has been ongoing for 30 years (!) on the second Tuesday of the month.  It’s hosted by Chebucto Connections and has resulted in many different programs and collaborations in that community.

The meeting will have a very simple format: a go-around the table where people introduce themselves and where they work, and then identify anything they’re offering (e.g., a program that has space in it; a newly renovated kitchen for community events, etc.)  and anything they need help with (e.g., new board members or other volunteers).

The NECC will take and circulate minutes.   You won’t walk away with action items that you must report back on the following month, but you might walk away with the card of someone who can help you with your work. Please come join us.

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NECC Parade

Huge thanks to the North End Business Association for providing a banner for the North End Community Circle.  About 20 people – some old friends, some contacts who met through the NECC – paraded down Agricola Street and took turns carrying the banner and handing out candy and info about the NECC. There was too much candy left over – look for some of it at future meetings!

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