To extend the reach of its programs and help reduce duplication of programs and services, VCLA partners with a broad range of service providers in the community. This helps to keep program costs low while providing a holistic support for our learners. Our partners include (in alphabetical order):
Acadia University – Acadia University is a predominantly undergraduate university located in Wolfville. Acadia offers space free of charge for VCLA’s English as an Additional Language classes located at the library at 50 Acadia Street. For more information about Acadia go to: www.acadiau.ca.
Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) – One of nine regional library systems in Nova Scotia, AVRL is the network of public libraries located in the Annapolis Valley. AVRL offers space free of charge at its Wolfville location for English as an additional language classes. In 2010-2011 VCLA, through its work with the Jump Start to Trades project, assisted AVRL with the renovation of the Revere Building which became the new library site in downtown Bridgetown. For more information about AVRL, go to: www.valleylibrary.ca.
Association of Nova Scotia Community Learning Organizations (ANSCLO) – ANSCLO is an umbrella organization with a mandate to advocate for community learning organizations in Nova Scotia and the learners they serve. VCLA is a founding member of ANSCLO, has supported them by offering technical and administrative support. VCLA’s executive director currently sits as co-president of the association. For more information about ANSCLO, go to: www.ansclo.ca.
Bridgetown Farmers Market - The Bridgetown Farmers and Traders Outdoors Market is a not-for-profit society with approximately 29 permanent vendors. The market offers VCLA a table in-kind to assist with the Literacy Mile Fundraising effort.
Family Matters – Family Matters' mission is to develop, coordinate and deliver programs, services and support that promotes the health and well being of children aged 0-6 years, and their families, guardians, and caregivers in Annapolis County. Family Matters offers space for VCLA’s seniors’ computer literacy classes. For more information about Family Matters, go to: www.family-matters.ca.
Flower Cart – The Flower Cart Group provides vocational service to adults considered intellectually disabled who reside in Kings County, Nova Scotia. VCLA offers financial support through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning for Flower Cart’s literacy program located at 8736 Commercial Street in New Minas. Flower Cart was a founding partner in the formation of the Kings County Learning Association (now VCLA) and a Flower Cart employee was a key member of the board executive since inception until 2017. For more information about The Flower Cart, go to: www.flowercart.ca.
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) – based in Halifax, but with a provincial mandate, ISANS offers services and creates opportunities to help immigrants to participate fully in Canadian life. ISANS provides outreach settlement services out of VCLA’s Kentville office twice a month. For more information about ISANS, go to: http://www.isans.ca/
Kids Action Program (KAP) – Through a network of resource centres and outreach programs, KAP offers coordinated primary prevention services to families with young children in Kings and Hants Counties. VCLA offers space in-kind at its Kentville location for anger management workshops. Two key KAP staff serve on the VCLA Board of Directors.
Literacy Nova Scotia – For volunteer tutors who are working with or are planning to work with learners at VCLA, Literacy Nova Scotia offers, at no cost, a practitioner training and certification program. This program is mostly delivered online. For more information about Literacy Nova Scotia and this training program, go to: www.ns.literacy.ca/ptc.htm.
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) –Jane Baskwill, an author and professor in the MSVU Bachelor of Education program, with a specialization in literacy, developed the Publish IT! program and since 2007 VCLA has offered parents in Kings and Annapolis Counties assistance to create and self-publish their own books. For more information about Jane Baskwill, go to:www.janebaskwill.com
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)– NSCC offers space free of charge at their Middleton location, 295 Commercial Street, for VCLA’s Adult Learning Program Level I and II classes. This partnership allows for a seamless transition for learners moving through the levels program, as NSCC’s level III and IV classes are co-located in the building. NSCC also donated furniture and equipment, as well as administrative support, to help set up the office for the Pathways to Work Youth project. For more information about NSCC, go to: www.nscc.ca.
Open Arms – Open Arms is a Christian ministry with a mandate to support those in crisis through the provision of shelter, food and fellowship. VCLA partners with Open Arms to offer weekly creative writing and art classes at the Open Arms drop-in centre, 325 Main Street in Kentville. For more information about Open Arms, go to www.openarms.ca.
PeopleWorx – PeopleWorx describes itself as “a social profit organization that strengthens our community by working with people, employers, government and community groups to meet each of them at their point of need”. VCLA and PeopleWorx have a long and fruitful partnership. For several years they co-managed the Jump Start to Trades program with VCLA providing the academic skills instructor and the build site instructor, and PeopleWorx providing the coordinator and taking the lead administrative role for the project. A strong, non-competitive working relationship has developed between the two organizations. For more information about PeopleWorx, go to: www.peopleworx.ca.
Prior Learning Centre - The Prior Learning Centre is a nationally-recognized centre of excellence in providing Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) services. The community-based, non-profit organization is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is dedicated to providing innovative and high quality PLAR services and programs across a wide variety of settings, to both individuals and employers.VCLA has partnered with the PLA Centre to help develop the Record of Achievement. For more information about the Record of Achievement go to: http://novascotia.ca/lae/RplLabourMobility/rpl.asp.
Public Health – Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Initiative – Healthy Beginnings provides additional support to families facing challenges through a comprehensive home visiting program. Families may receive home visiting support for up to three years as well as referral and linkage support for other community programs. VCLA partners with Healthy Beginnings to provide family literacy services for families in the Annapolis Valley.
Seniors LINCS – LINCS stands for Living Independently with Community Supports. Seniors LINCS is a small specialized team of health professionals supporting seniors, their families and caregivers in the community. They deliver services and supports to the growing senior population in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Offering expertise in health literacy and health advocacy, VCLA is now one of the group of professionals that meet bi-weekly out of Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton, receiving referrals from medical professionals for seniors who are at risk of losing their independence. For more information about Seniors LINCS, go to: www.avdha.nshealth.ca/program-services/seniors-lincs
Scottish Rite Foundation – The Scottish Rite Foundation works with children who have learning disabilities by helping to train tutors in the multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham reading technique. Since 2012, in partnership with the Skills and Learning Branch of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, they have partnered with several community learning organizations, including VCLA, to bring this knowledge to adults. For more information about the Scottish Rite Foundation’s work with learning disabilities, go to: http://www.dyslexiacentrehalifax.com/treating-dyslexia/the-approach/.
Technical Resource Centre – Located in Waterville at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre, the TRC is a centre for assistive technology services in Nova Scotia. The TRC offers resources and counselling services free of charge for VCLA learners with assistive technology needs. For more information about the Technical Resource Centre, go to:www.nsnet.org/trc/.