Well, folks, we did it! Not only have we reached our $25,000 goal for Ça Marche, but we surpassed it! You have all helped us raise just over $26,000 for our health services! We thank you all so much for supporting our Sense Project, medical clinics, and Street Work program as well as joining us for a super fun day. If you weren’t able to participate this year or are in withdrawal of Ça Marche sparkle magic, enjoy this video as it will hopefully tide you over until next year. We can’t wait! Much love.
Archive for October, 2013
Class photo, 2013-014 animators / Photo de classe, animateur-trice-s de l’année 2013-2014
This year we are so excited to have 19 new and returning Sense animators! After 33 hours of training in september, these peer educators will be spending the academic year pairing up and going into high schools across Montreal to give holistic, non-judgemental, and youth-centred workshops on sexuality and safer sex.
This was Health Educator Gabrielle’s second year leading the training and it was her co-coordinator Shanice’s first time! Embracing the spirit of continuous learning and change, they took this opportunity to revisit the training manual and workshop offerings yet again, with great results.
Animators this year also delved deep into the Head & Hands approach. Many external facilitators were brought in to contribute different perspectives to training discussions and reflections on sexuality. Some things never change, though: as always, one favorite part of training was the food! Delicious eats were contributed by a number of Montreal locals, including Notre-Dame-des-Quilles, Lola Rosa, Propulsion Cantina Burritoville, Nouveau Palais, The People’s Potato. THANKS!
As always, we invite YOUR school or community group to get in touch about booking workshops! We can do them in English or in French, and can provide harm reductive, non-judgemental drug education workshops in addition to our sex ed offerings. If we don’t already have a workshop or presentation that fits the bill, we can often create one that meets your health or sexuality needs! Just email Gabrielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We are so excited to announce that as of October 7th, our Street Work program has returned to NDG!
In 2011, we lost funding for our street work services due to a cut from the government agency that funded the entire program. This was a very heavy blow to Head & Hands, as Street Work had been a core service here since two youth outreach workers founded the organization in 1970. Ours was the only full-time street work program in the neighborhood that offered HIV and Hepatitis C prevention materials, in addition to flexible intervention and support. In the four months prior to the cut, our team reached record numbers of clients, made unprecedented connections with local group homes, and handed out 360 safer injection kits, 60 safer inhalation kits, and thousands of condoms. For the past two years, NDG residents who are homeless, using drugs, doing sex work, or otherwise living on the margins have been largely without these essential services.
Through interviews with former clients and partner organizations, we heard how important it is for us to take our non-judgmental, harm-reductive, youth-empowerment approach out into the streets. Our street workers reach those for whom indoor, institutional services are not accessible due to geography, stigmatizing approaches, or cost. Over the past year of intensive work to raise money and awareness to bring this program back, we have been blessed with the work of our amazing Save Street Work team Cynthia and Gina, our former street worker Sara coordinating the relaunch, and tonnes of community members who eagerly shared their knowledge, experience, and energy!
We’ve reached a fantastic milestone, but the work isn’t done yet! In early 2014, we’ll be hiring a full-time permanent street worker to carry this program into the years to come, and you can help us find the perfect person by spreading the word! We’re also still fundraising to bring this program back to full capacity, and you can help us by donating to the cause, or by sending any leads on funding you find to Victoria at email@example.com.
HEAD & HANDS SENDS YOU LOVING DANCE MOVES AND THANKS AND SPARKLES AND ONE MASSIVE YAHOOOOOOOO!
WOW! We wish there was a word that meant thank you times a million because we are so filled with gratitude and love for all of you for contributing to the great success of this year’s Ça Marche! Thank you to the Farha Foundation, our staff, board members, volunteers, dancers, walkers, donors, and support system for making 2013 a record-breaking year for this incredible event!
At this point, $23,000 has been raised and money is still coming in! We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the total amount but we have a tickling feeling that we’ll be celebrating a $25,000 result very soon! We’ve been overwhelmed (in the bestest way) with the amount of people who wanted to help support health services for youth! Every donation counts toward supporting our medical clinics, peer sex-ed Sense Project, and the re-launch of our Street Work program. You have all helped us celebrate Montreal’s youth and the lives of all those affected in some way by HIV/AIDS.
This past Sunday’s weather was nothing short of perfect with the sun shining brightly which allowed for some seriously hot spandex and incredible outfits. Our team dressed up to the nines and strutted their sexy selves to DJ Nothing Beats a BJ and Claire’s amazing dance choreography.
It was a total blast of a day and we can’t wait until next year. Stay tuned via our Facebook for photos from Angie and video footage from Jess & Carol!