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SERVE IS HERE!

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It’s here, it’s here! Serve is descending upon the sandy volleyball courts of park Jeanne Mance this Sunday, July 27th.  At this magical day of fun in the sun (and in the rain/thunder, too!), Montreal’s vibrant service industry shows us once again that they don’t just serve beer– they “serve” for sex ed!

Serve is the Sense Project’s largest fundraiser, and funds raised by the Serve tournament are crucial for the Sense Project to continue to meet the needs of Montreal youth.  Last year, the Sense Project volunteer team reached just under 1,700 youth in high schools, community centers, and group homes across the island. This year, our goal is $50,000, to help ensure the Sense Project can continue to provide Montreal youth with the sex education they deserve!

This year, we have 28 teams made up of staff from Montreal bars and restaurants. Check out the list below to see what places are playing, and come by to cheer on your favorite establishment! We’ll have beer, a barbecue, Slip n Slide, massages from Setsuko massage, and SO MUCH MORE!! 

2014 Serve Participants: 

Mickibbons St.Laurent
Grumpy’s
Café Chimera
Brutopia
Tavern on the Square
Bifteck
Ye Old Orchard
Mcleans Pub
Sir Winstons Churchill
Irish Embassy
Forum sports bar
Hurley’s
Monkland tavern
Saka-Ba!
Burger Bar
Sweet Treats by Shanice
Dundees
Madhatters
Burgundy Lion
Bier Markt
Chateau du lac
Lola Rosa
Deville
Quatro
Café Campus

And of course, the incredible Sense Project team!

 

Do My Ladies Run This?

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Last Friday, we  hosted Do My Ladies Run This?, a show put together  by our youth drop-in centre Jeunesse 2000 every summer. A series of young, local artists captivated the crowd at Shaïka Café with delightful performances.

Do My Ladies Run This? is an all-female lineup of performances with the purpose of providing female-identified artists with a space to perform in a warm and supportive environment; a space that is usually lacking in an often male-dominated industry.

 

Photo by Mariel Rosenbluth

Photo by Mariel Rosenbluth

Some of the artists were performing for the first time while others were already somewhat established in the community.  The lineup was quite diverse, ranging from blues and folk to spoken word and hip-hop.

Do My Ladies Run This?  was definitely an exciting kick-off for Head & Hands’ summer events, raising over $500 for J2K! Coming up next: SERVE 2014! on July 27th at Parc Jeanne-Mance followed by the Community Carnival and Samedi in the Park! Don’t miss out on our summer-load of fun events!

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Sense Project Animator!

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Want to be a Sense Project Animator?

We are currently seeking new volunteer animators for the 2014-15 school year!
Interested in facilitating sex ed workshops with youth in high schools? Getting involved with the Sense Project at Head & Hands is a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow and support the well-being of youths in Montreal.

Some need-to-know info about applying to be a Sense Project animator:
• New applicants must be aged 25 and under.
• Animators should be committed to Head & Hands’ principles of anti-oppression, risk reduction, and non-judgment.
• Animators should have some availability on weekdays during the day. Throughout the school year, your amount of volunteering is highly dependent on your availabilities, and the workshop requests made by schools and organizations.
• Bilingualism is not mandatory, but it’s an asset! The training will be bilingual (ENG-FR).
• It is also an asset if you have previous animation experience or experience working with youth, but it’s not a requirement.
• It is mandatory to attend the full animator training (dates listed below).
• Animators must commit for an entire school year, and in taking part in the monthly trainings for the Sense Project (2 hours per month).

2014 Animator Training Dates

Tuesday Sept. 9th 6-9pmThursday Sept. 11th 6-9pmSaturday Sept. 13th 11-4pm
Tuesday Sept. 16th 6-9pmThursday Sept. 18th 6-9pmSaturday Sept. 20th 11-4pm
Tuesday Sept. 23rd 6-9pmThursday Sept. 25th 6-9pmSaturday Oct. 4th 11-4pm

If you meet these criteria and are interested, please fill out the Volunteer Form Sense Project 2014 and send it to Gabrielle at healthed@headandhands.ca.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 12th at noon. We’ll then book a short screening interview with prospective volunteers only. If you have any questions, feel free to call Gabrielle at (514) 481-0277 or email at healthed@headandhands.ca!

Serve is back!

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The ninth annual Serve tournament is making its immensely anticipated return on July 27th 2014! The official event page is up, and the countdown has begun!

To get a taste of Serve’s magic, check out the brand-new video from Serve 2013 above, produced by Stefan Verna and Carlos Mondragón. This video leaves us with chills in our spine and major anticipation for this year’s event.

Serve is a funtastic day of volleyball that gathers the bar and restaurant community in Montreal for a wicked party with beer, games and a volleyball competition in support of the Sense Project, Head & Hands’ peer-based sexual education program.

Get your game on for social change! We have 8 volleyball courts this year, and all the teams will have the opportunity to play more than just 3 games.  Bierbrier is sponsoring the beer this year– we have a total of 18 kegs, so bring your thirsty friends! We have over 800$ worth of tattoo gift certificates to give away and many other cool prizes.

Come one and come all and help us put the sense in consensual, the semen in amusement and the fun in fundraising!

 

 

Get yourselves ready for Head & Hands SUMMER EVENTS!

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It’s hot like hell, but not as hot as Head & Hands’ Summer Events! Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store SUMMER 2014:

FRIDAY, JULY 18 @ Café Shaika

Do My Ladies Run This?! … : A female-powered musical evening with local artists of all different genres and styles.

SUNDAY, JULY 27 @ Jeanne-Mance Park

SERVE: This event gathers the bar and restaurant community in Montreal for a volleyball competition in support of the Sense Project, Head & Hands’ peer-based sexual education program offered to Montreal’s youth.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 @ Girouard Park

COMMUNITY CARNAVAL & SAMEDI IN THE PARK: In the much-loved tradition of Sunday in the Park, NDG Arts Week festival opens with this family friendly outdoor concert to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of NDG and raise funds for Head& Hands.

Come together throughout the day to launch the 2014 edition of NDG Arts Week! A beautiful day uniting NDG’s residents, community organizations, local businesses, and family-friendly activities will lead the way to the music! Come as you are!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 @ EB Lounge

STREET VIBES: An evening of NDG youth and artists coming together to support Jeunesse 2000 (J2K), Head & Hands’ teen drop-in centre. All year long, J2K promotes music, love, and community support by providing a home away from home for youth ages 12-17. This night is a show- case of pure local talent in urban arts.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 @ Emilie-Gamelin Park

CA MARCHE: Head & Hands supporters, staff, and board take to the streets as part of the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk.

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As always, we’ll be needing many of you awesome keeners to help us make the events run nice and smoothly, so please get in touch with Matt to find out how you can get involved!!

@ : specialprojects@headandhands.ca

# : (514) 481-0277

 

HAVE A MARVELOUS SUMMER!!!

 

Highlights from our AGM!

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On Wednesday, June 18th, Head & Hands held its Annual General Meeting. We celebrated the past year in good company, with our clients, volunteers, donors, community partners, and staff and board members.

Our program coordinators were asked to share one of their favorite memories from the past year. If you weren’t at the AGM to hear their gems, the photo essay below presents the moments, memories, and accomplishments that excited and moved us in the past year.

Neil, J2K Coordinator, on how many youth had "firsts" at J2K this year, like first musical performances on stage!

Neil, J2K Coordinator, on how many youth had “firsts” at J2K this year, like their first on-stage musical performances!

Rhonda, our Social Counselor,  had her poster board go missing on her! Nevertheless, she celebrated providing over 650 counselling sessions with y

Rhonda, our Social Counselor, had her poster board go missing on her! Nevertheless, she celebrated providing over 650 counselling sessions.

Allyson, Young Parents Program Coordinator, sharing memories from YPP summer camp.

Allyson, Young Parents Program Coordinator, sharing memories of fun and relaxation from YPP summer camp.

Jon, our Director, celebrating the re-launch of our Street Work program in October.

Jon, our Director, celebrating the re-launch of our Street Work program in October.

Legal Coordinator Ralph helped 445 clients access legal information, support, and advice through our legal services and clinic.

Legal Coordinator Ralph helped 445 clients access legal information, support, and advice through our legal services and clinic.

Funding & Partnerships Coordinator Victoria,  highlighting the total sum raised by individuals who held their own fundraising events in our honor.

Funding & Partnerships Coordinator Victoria, highlighting the total sum raised by individuals who held their own fundraising events for Head & Hands.

Street Worker Sara sharing an impressive statistic on harm reduction gear distribution...

Street Worker Sara sharing an impressive statistic on harm reduction gear distribution, and breaking down what that statistic means below…

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Chris, our Interim Office Coordinator, talks about how many meals were given out in our food pantry last year.

Chris, our Interim Office Coordinator, announcing the total number of meals  distributed through our emergency food pantry last year.

Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper celebrating the impressive amount raised for our medical services, the Sense Project, and Street Work through Ca Marche!

Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper celebrating the impressive amount raised for our medical services, the Sense Project, and Street Work through Ca Marche!

Shanice, our Sense Project Research Assistant, sharing the Sense Project's year-long relationship with the Ecole St-Luc!

Shanice, our Sense Project Research Assistant, sharing the Sense Project’s year-long relationship with the Ecole St-Luc!

Health Services Coordinator Jos highlighting the number of visits to our  medical clinic.

Health Services Coordinator Jos highlighting the number of visits to our medical clinic.

Hike in Fatal Overdoses

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An increase in fatal overdoses has been observed in Montreal over the past few months. These overdoses seem to be caused by heroin or cocaine, regardless of the method of consumption (shooting, snorting, or smoking.) These incidents are especially alarming considering that overdoses caused by smoking or snorting are highly uncommon, yet have recently become a frequent occurrence. This is caused in part by the increased presence of fentanyl in heroine and other drugs, which is a substance 50-100 times more potent than heroine.

If you are a drug user, there are ways to protect yourself and possibly prevent an overdose. Buy from someone you know or trust, and try not to use when you’re alone, but if you have to, leave your door unlocked. If you’re not sure where your batch comes from, start by taking a very small amount (not enough to get you high). It’s not a good idea to rely on the absence of an unusual smell, taste, or appearance as an indicator of a good batch.

Despite this rash of overdoses, Naloxone, the opioid antidote, has still not been authorized by the Ministère de la santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) to be made available to street workers and other non-medical professionals. Naloxone is available anywhere else in Canada and the United States and has saved hundreds of lives from opium-induced overdoses. In Quebec, however, it can only be administered in hospitals, and only 20 health professionals in Montreal currently have access to Naloxone. The Quebec government is currently working on allowing ambulance workers to administer the antidote within the next few weeks. However, folks from the CRAN and Méta d’Âme predict that the expansion of access to Naloxone to streetworkers, community members, friends and family members won’t happen until the fall. So far, one person has died from an overdose everyday since mid-May, in Montreal. 

With NDG being a more isolated neighborhood of Montreal, our streetworker Sara has noticed a higher probability that people use when they’re alone. If you or  someone you know might use alone, and want someone to be around, contact Sara at 514-377-9858 or by email at streetwork1@headandhands.ca.

Meet Serhiy and Arwen: Tying the knot and creating change

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Arwen and Serhiy on their balcony. Arwen et Serhiy sur leur balcon!

Arwen and Serhiy on their balcony.

Like out of some Montreal rom-com, Arwen and Serhiy met in French class at Centre Saint-Louis, and the rest is history. “Arwen wanted to learn Ukrainian for some music projects she was working on, so she asked me if I would give her lessons. I asked her if she wanted to join me for lunch instead,” says Serhiy. “We spent almost every lunch together for the rest of that course, talking about everything and anything. It’s been almost four years, and we still haven’t run out of things to talk about!”

This June, Arwen and Serhiy are getting married in Jarry Park, followed with a big potluck dinner and dance at a community centre nearby. The kicker to this “big Jewish-Ukrainian party”? They’ve asked guests to donate to Head & Hands in lieu of gifts.

“Both of us have received compassionate, non-judgmental care at Head & Hands when we needed it most, and we want to help other young folks continue to benefit from their services.” They shared over email recently. “Head & Hands’ services have made a profound difference in our own lives, especially when Arwen sought care following a sexual assault several years ago. We’ve also witnessed first-hand through our community work the positive impact that services like the Young Parents’ Program and the Sense Project can have on young folks and their support networks. It’s so important that services like these remain accessible and free, especially when they aren’t being provided elsewhere.”

A huge thank you to Arwen and Serhiy for sharing their stories with us, and for including us in their celebration. If you’d like to donate to in their honour, you can do it online here.

Oh and before we go, we had to share their answers to a few of our silly questions, ’cause they are too cute. As teens, Arwen was “desperately waiting for high school to be over!” while Serhiy was a “shy video game player and a surprisingly successful suits salesperson.” Also, Arwen has a celeb crush on Helene Cixous because “(Mega-babe, mega-brains)”, while Serhiy’s fave book is Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson. Now aren’t they just a delight?

Visit our “Give in Honour” page for more information about giving, or receiving, the gift of Head & Hands!

Hot Off the Press: Our Annual Report

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The moment we have all been waiting for: Head & Hands’ 2013-2014 Annual Report is here!

Our Annual Report highlights the past fiscal year at Head & Hands, with information on our programs and services, finances, team, and more. This year, the report unfolds into a map of NDG showcasing the statistics, client testimonials, and photos that we can’t wait to share with our community!

You can check out the online version on our website! Click here for the report, and here for the reverse poster side. 

If you’d like a hard copy of your very own, you can pick one up at our Annual General Meeting! They will also be available in our office beginning on June 18th.

Happy reading!