New Start is partially funded by the Department of Community Services through an operating grant. The Department has provided training and helpful resources to support our work.
Several partnerships have been formed with Community Health Boards, through Capital Health, who have been generous in funding small pilot projects. A grant was received from the Halifax Community Health Board to fund a yoga program for men. We received funding from Southeastern Community Health Board for our first Adventure Therapy program. This program was also supported with funding from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funding from the IWK; Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation and HRM Crime Prevention Society has gone towards funding women’s groups.
New Start Counselling received funding through the Sexual Violence Strategy and held its first group for men who have been traumatized by sexual abuse as children.
Through the Department of Justice a grant was received for a poster campaign in partnership with Bridges Institute.
Partnerships are created through strong, professional relationships and New Start is invited to many community and government tables as part of the team to address intimate partner violence. These organizations include as our allies, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, HRP Victim Services, Metro Interagency on Family Violence and the High Risk Protocol committee.
New Start enjoys the partnerships with Acadia University and Dalhousie University whereby interns have experienced an enriching placement opportunity to prepare them for practice in the community.