New funding is expected for family resource centres across the province, according to comments made by community services minister Joanne Bernard.
Terri Harding, executive director of the Kings County Family Resource Centre, was that Bernard has acknowledged that family resource centres have been overlooked for quite some time.
“I believe this new government recognizes the need for (and sees the growing need) for the kinds of programs and services that family resource centres can offer...We’re pretty unique,” said Harding.
She noted that Kings County has the largest population outside of Halifax and Cape Breton.
“We also have the most lone parent families, as well as children aged 0-9 years outside of the cities. Trying to meet the growing needs of families in our community definitely stretches our budget,”
Harding added that we often need to search for grants to fund programs. This makes it very difficult to offer the security of continued programs to the families we serve.”
Gaps in funding, she suggested, also make it challenging to offer job security to our staff.
“We do not know as yet how much funding our family resource centre will receive, but we are hopeful there will be enough funding to maintain existing programs as well as to expand our services.”
The Kings County Family Resource Centre is dedicated to supporting healthy family development by providing parent, child and personal development programs to the families in this county. The centre is a community-based non-profit charitable organization operating since 1989.