The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland recognizes that there are social, political, economic, and cultural conditions that lead to systemic discrimination.
The Centre exists to further and promote social justice, equity, and the right to self-determination.
We envision Northumberland County as a place where all individuals have adequate resources to meet their basic needs and are empowered to participate in self-determined, meaningful ways within an equitable, just, and compassionate community.
The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland will provide social-justice advocacy, education, and direct services that empower the residents, particularly the low-income residents, of Northumberland County to lead more self-determined and meaningful lives.
Services will be delivered with integrity, respect, responsiveness, excellence, accountability, openness, and consistency.
The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland seeks to bring about its mission in partnership with the Northumberland Labour Council, Northumberland United Way, and Legal Aid Ontario, as well as other organizations which share in the beliefs and vision of the organization.
- Secure and grow funding
- Ensure Programs are accessible, relevant, efficient, and aligned to the organizational mission
- Ensure staff and volunteers are prepared and supported in a positive environment.
- Increase organizational profile and awareness
The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland (THLCN) promotes social justice, equity, and the right to self-determination through two sister agencies: the Help Centre and the Northumberland Community Legal Centre.
THLCN helps the unemployed and disadvantaged residents of Northumberland County get help for the real world problems of low-income people.
The Help Centre provides programs in Income Security and Housing Security. The Northumberland Community Legal Centre provides clients with legal advice and representation in common areas of the law related to income, employment and housing. Where there is a gap in services for low-income County residents, THCN strives to create innovative programs to fill those gaps.
The services offered by both agencies are available over the phone or in person at our main office, in a satellite office and if necessary, in the client’s home. Regardless of which agency is contacted first, staff makes sure that the client has access to any appropriate program offered by either agency.
Services are free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. Toll-free calling is available, and collect calls are accepted by either agency.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, The Help Centre of Northumberland makes every effort to ensure that services are provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Please notify staff at either The Help Centre or the Northumberland Community Legal Centre if you require any accommodations to meet your individual needs.
Become a MEMBER of The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland
- Receive a copy of the annual report/newsletter
- Be informed of the date and place of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), usually held in September
- May run for election to the Board of Directors at the AGM; Directors provide a vital service by providing a community voice to The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland to help to set its goals and priorities for client services
- Receive notice of various events and agency news
- Must be 16 years of age or older, reside or work in Northumberland County, and support the objects of The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland, as included in the membership application form