It is important to note that ESFRA offers all our Family Resource Programs and Services at NO CHARGE to the Community. We presently receive funding from Government Departments, other Agencies and the Community in order to do our work.

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Phone Number:
(902) 827-1461


Toll Free:
1-866-847-1461

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Civic Address:
5228 HWY 7, Suite 203
Porters Lake Shopping Centre
Porters Lake, NS
B3E 1J8

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 53
Porters Lake, NS
B3E 1M1

 

Fax:
(902) 827-1464

E-mail: esfamilyresource@ns.aliantzinc.ca

Contact Us:

Drop-in Programs

Breast Friends Breastfeeding Support

 

Breast Friends is a drop-in, peer support service that is available at the same time as each of our New Parent Groups. Breastfeeding moms are always welcome!   You may drop-in to any of our scheduled New Parent Groups each week to receive Breast Friends support!  This informal drop-in service is open to the Eastern Shore community free of charge!

ESFRA trained staff will be available to support, guide, and provide resources. The group is offered in a comfortable, breastfeeding-friendly environment with gentle music accompaniment where your privacy will be respected.

The Breast Friends service is intended to be an extension of our Great Expectations Prenatal Program as well as our New Parent Group.  Since it is a drop-in group, registration is not required.  Those currently in other ESFRA Programs are always welcome in Breast Friends, providing they are breastfeeding, or are currently pregnant and are planning to breastfeed.  There is no age restriction for participants. Our programs and services are offered at no charge to the community. 

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Play Dates Are Us

ESFRA offers a drop-in program for parents/caregivers and children (birth - 6 yrs) to play, chat and connect! Craft items, toys and games will be made available for the children to explore. An ESFRA  staff member will be here to help if families need assistance or have questions about our programs and services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play Dates Are Us! is not a structured program thus it is up to families to help us out and appropriately monitor their children’s activities and clean up before they leave. All are welcome to come for the full time or pop by for a few minutes! It’s up to you! Please note that refreshments will not be a part of this program, however, families may bring in snacks to enjoy!

Our programs and services are offered at no charge to the community.

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Tuesday 9:00 - 11:00 ESFRA Centre Porters Lake

 

There is a maximum capacity of 12 children on a first come, first serve basis.

Kidz 'n' Elders is an intergenerational fun & social weekly playgroup for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-6 yrs which focuses on play and social skill development with seniors in our community. The senior residents from the Birches Home for Special Care meet and play with our 'little ones' for a morning of songs, stories, creative activities and light refreshments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids 'n' Elders is a DROP-IN program and does not require registration to attend. However, we are limited in the number children we can accommodate on any given day 12 children and their parents/caregivers. This program is in partnership with the Birches Home for Special Care.

Our programs and services are offered at no charge to the community.

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Kids 'n' Elders

 

Mondays from

9:30 - 11:00 at

The Birches Home for Special Care, Musquodoboit Harbour

Length of the

problem is 1.5 hours.

• Arrival & Freeplay
• Snack
• Creative experience
• Clean up
• Circle Time (Includes story, songs & games)

"I thouroughly

enjoyed it! A great idea! I loved watching the seniors smile when they watched the children and seeing the children interacting with the seniors."

"It's a time to break the barriers associated with children's fears of the elderly. The children learned social interaction skills with seniors and the seniors love interacting with the youth; seeing thier energy, wisdom etc. It was a positive experience for both."

A support group for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Are you a grandparent with full legal custody and / or guardianship of your grandchildren?

Do you provide "anytime care" for your grandchildren while your children are at work?

Would you be interested in attending a support group for grandparents only to discuss

many of the unique challenges of parenting the "second time around" in today's world?

If so, we would like to hear from you! The Eastern Shore Family Resource Association have

recognized this growing trend within ESFRA programs & services and the communities we

serve. Colleagues and other agency partners have been openly wondering if there is a "gap"

in support services for our grandparent population who are primary caregivers for their

grandchildren. ESFRA in partnership with Nova Scotia Health Authority is offering such a group.

 

Meetings are usually held once per month basis at the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (22637 HWY 7, Sheet Harbour) from 10am-12pm. Please click here for our next meeting dates.

Through our meeting discussions, the group decides what guest speakers they would like to have attend and when. So far we have had a lawyer speak to NS Law & grandparent rights, child custody and access; HRM rec. re youth programs; Lea Place Women’s centre re: women’s support; and the Dept. of Justice Cyberscan unit re: social media & bullying. We continue to book in new guests for every other month.

Facilitators:

Tracy Cowan, B.A., E.C.E. - Parenting Journey Family Support Home Visitors at Eastern Shore Family Resource Assoication

Laury McGaughey, B.S.W., S.W.C. - Community School Social Worker

Our programs and services are offered at no charge to the community.

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Grand Parent Shift (GPS)

 

Grandparent Shift dates for 2019 - 2020

Mondays (Bi-Monthly)

Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital

Sheet Harbour

September 16th, November 18th, January 20th, March 9th, May 25th

Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital 

Musquodoboit Harbour

October 12th, December 16th, February 10th, April 20th, June 15th