211: A Reality in Nova Scotia
Sunday, 10 April 2011 00:00
I am delighted to share GREAT NEWS about 211 Nova Scotia!
The Provincial Budget today included an ongoing commitment of financial support for 211 Nova Scotia. For the past decade, this United Way has championed a targeted and strategic effort to implement a 211 Nova Scotia service. We’ve worked with United Way’s in Nova Scotia, with government officials, with community based groups and we have secured private funding.Today’s announcement is the achievement of many key volunteers and will be an important benefit to Nova Scotians who need to access social, health and community services.
Our partners have been steadfast and dedicated. Under the leadership of 211 Nova Scotia Chair, Chuck Hartlen, Vice President, Bell Aliant, a business case considering best practices in program start up and implementation across Canada and US was prepared and vetted. Nova Scotia Power demonstrated faith in the future of 211 in 2009 when the company announced a significant contribution toward the launch. Over two hundred and eleven community organizations signed on as“Believers in 211” – including libraries, Capital Health, universities, policing authorities, and non profits across our province.
What does this information and referral service really mean for Nova Scotians? Quite simply when you call 211 you will always speak immediately with a trained, compassionate professional who will understand your circumstances and direct you to the help you need whether it is delivered by the community, health sector, government or social services. 211 helps people help themselves, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Now that the Provincial Government has committed funding, phase one can begin. It is anticipated that year one will include the formation of a central data base of all social sector and community contacts that exist across the province. 211 should be up and running in 2013.
211 is available to 40% of Canadians, including citizens of Ontario, BC, Alberta and Quebec and widely available in the US. For more information visit our website and click on the 211 link in the menu on your right.
Thank you for your support! You believed it could come to fruition and that energy and inspiration helped maintain the momentum and drive to make this a reality!
Catherine J. Woodman
President and CEO
United Way of Halifax Region