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DIRECTIONS Council for Vocational Services Society is a not for profit organization representing thirty-two member agencies throughout Nova Scotia. The Council’s mandate is to assist and support member organizations in the delivery of services that promote the employment and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their community. DIRECTIONS member agencies employ over 300 staff that provide a spectrum of services for over 2200 participants within the province. DIRECTIONS provides valuable services for its members including educational opportunities, provincial staff pension, networking, advocacy, leadership and a variety of vocational resources.

Each DIRECTIONS member agency is an integral part of the community it serves; providing training and employment opportunities for participants. Agencies offer a wide variety of services ranging from prevocational programs to community employment placements. The people we serves develop meaningful relationships and expand skills that increase self-reliance and independence. Agencies offer comprehensive skills assessment, case planning and other program options.

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Did you know, the production of fruit juice leaves behind 20-50% of the fruit weight? This waste product is called pomace, and it is typically composted. However, our friends at LakeCity Works knew they could do something even better with it! In 2023, LakeCity Works received funding from Divert NS through the DirectioNS Council partnership to develop locally made, all-natural dog treats using blueberry pomace sourced from local blueberry producers. By transforming blueberry juice pomace into wholesome treats for our furry friends, LakeCity (& Woofingtons of LakeCity) are not just reducing waste and supporting local, they are also creating supportive employment opportunities for their participants. Huge thanks to Divert NS for backing our mission and helping us make Nova Scotia a greener, cleaner place! ๐Ÿ’š #WasteReduction #BerryJuicePomace #DogTreats #SustainableSolutions #DirectioNS #DivertNS #WasteDiversion #novascotiaenvironment #CommunityImpact LakeCity Works ... See MoreSee Less
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Exciting news! ๐ŸŽ‰ DIRECTIONS has been awarded $50,000 by Divert NS to fuel our waste diversion partnership for another year! ๐Ÿ’š This program supports agencies in Nova Scotia that empower individuals with disabilities, and we're thrilled to be part of it for the third year running.Thanks to Divert NS's support since April 2021, we've launched 26 impactful projects spanning the entire province! โ™ป๏ธ From textiles to electronics, we've tackled various waste materials, making a real difference for our environment and local communities.This collaboration's outcomes are immense, benefiting not just the environment but also our communities and the people we serve. ๐ŸŒ We're immensely grateful to Divert NS for recognizing our role in Nova Scotia's waste diversion sector and for their continued partnership. Together, we're ma#WasteDiversiona#CommunityImpacte#novascotiaenvironment #CDivert NSmpThe Sunset Communityonment Divert NS The Sunset Community ... See MoreSee Less
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Our communities are full of valuable materials that we can reuse. The Swap, Share, Thrift, Repair theme of Waste Reduction Week speaks to a lot of the important work done throughout the province by DirectioNS agencies. Now, you can find Swap, Share, Thrift, Repair resources in your community using the new search tool from Divert NS! Visit: divertns.ca/swap-share-thrift-repeat/community-resources. You can choose your region to see what is near to you. You can also search by type and zone in on: clothing, household items, musical instruments, recreation equipment, technology, tools, and workshop services. We are proud to see 16 thrift stores in our network featured in this new resource. See the list of thrift stores below and look for them in the guide!Bridge Adult Service Centre Nora's New to You Thrift StoreSCAPE Society Glace BayeDigby Bargain BinnPrescott GroupGRick's Riches Thrift StorerThe ROC Society StoreiNew BoundariesBIn Your Back Pocket Thrift StorerNew To YouNGerald Hardy Memorial SocietyaThe Sunset Social Hub Oxford/PugwashiSunset IndustriesISecondChance_BoutiqueeThegreendooreMill Road Social Enterprisesnterprises ... See MoreSee Less
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This week is Waste Reduction Week, and the theme is Swap, Share, Thrift, Repair. To celebrate, we are proud to announce the recipients of this yearโ€™s Waste Diversion Grants Program funded by Divert NS. The successful projects are: The Thrift Group: Optimizing thrift operations network-wide.The Sunset Community: Expanding a rag-making business with the thrift storesโ€™ surplus textiles.LakeCity Works: Launching a Junk Removal Pilot to recover recyclable materials and useable goods.Prescott Group: Increasing the capacity and efficiency of the thrift store. The Flower Cart Group - Manufacturing yard games, signage, and artisan wood products from pallets and surplus textiles.Inclusion Clare- Acquiring a shed for collecting refundable bottle donations.YACRO Social Enterprise The Store Next Door Gift Shop - Increasing the capacity for recycling used hockey sticks into furniture. Congratulations to all the project agencies - we wish you success in your new pursuits! The program was exceptionally competitive this year, with 15 strong applications. We want to extend a generous thank you to our whole network for your ongoing leadership in waste diversion initiatives.Here is a look at some of the exciting things being made at The Flower Cart Group as part of their project recycling used pallets. Check out the decorative turkey and lemonade stand they have made so far! ... See MoreSee Less
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DIRECTIONS is excited to announce the continuation of our successful waste diversion partnership with Divert NS. On April 1, 2022, Divert NS awarded DIRECTIONS $50,000 towards waste diversion initiatives for social enterprises in Nova Scotia that support individuals with a disability. The initial funding year has seen success with innovative use of potential waste materials from thrift and wood operations, refundable bottles, and miscellaneous materials. At New Boundaries in Windsor, the diversion funding purchased an outdoor covered shelter and specialty woodworking tools to support the production of artisan wood products.We thank Divert NS for their ongoing generosity and look forward to the impact that the additional funding will have for DIRECTIONS member agencies and non-member partners, and waste management in Nova Scotia more broadly.For information on how to apply for the funding, DIRECTIONS member agencies and community organizations with a mandate to employ individuals having a disability can contact Hanna Longard, the Diversion Projects Coordinator for DIRECTIONS, at hannadirections@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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The Directions Council would like to acknowledge the support and funding provided by Divert NS in an effort to expand our waste diversion outcomes.

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Address:
99 Wyse Road, Suite 920
Dartmouth, NS, B3A 4S5

Phone: (902) 466-2220
Fax: (902) 461-2220