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Exciting new pamphlet resource!

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Head & Hands has a brand new resource, hot off the press, that we’re excited to share with you! This pamphlet complements every bag of food given out through our Emergency Food Pantry. The Food Pantry Pamphlet provides suggestions for combining food items and making meals out of them, as well as a comprehensive list of food security resources in Montreal. 

The emergency food pantry at Head & Hands aims to provide about a day’s worth of food, twice a month, to youth who are struggling with food security. This program has evolved over the years but some recent changes to the food pantry have made it more accessible.

Because some of our clients don’t have access to a kitchen or cooking supplies, we now have a section in our pantry for food that doesn’t require any cooking or kitchen tools. Instead of the usual pasta, canned sauces, vegetables, and soups, folks now have the option of getting pull-top meal cans, nuts, granola bars, juice, crackers, and other foods that don’t require any preparation.

This resource comes as a way of addressing the increase in demand for food security resources. Getting adequate access to food is an issue that many NDG and Montreal youth struggle with. Since we re-launched our Streetwork program, demand for our food pantry has more than doubled. As our Food Pantry is only an emergency service, we try to confront food insecurity though referrals as well. As such, this pamphlet lists close to 60 Montreal food resources categorized as either “food baskets” or “hot meals”.

Get the PDF version of the pamphlet here, or stop by our office to pick up a copy!

Diaphragms are back, and better than ever!

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Health services coordinator Jos shows the Caya diaphragm and spermicide!

Jos with Caya and contragel

As part two in our series about barrier contraceptives (see our March post about the Femcap), we’re excited to announce that Head & Hands is now distributing the CAYA diaphragm! The CAYA diaphragm has recently been approved for sale in Canada, so if you`re looking for hormone-free and user controlled birth control, check it out!

When used in conjunction with contragel (aka Cayagel), the CAYA diaphragm works as a mechanical barrier to block sperm from entering the cervix during vaginal intercourse. As with any barrier device, its effectiveness depends on how dedicated you are to using it properly. When used correctly, the CAYA diaphragm is as effective at preventing pregnancies as condoms. Unlike older diaphragm models, you don’t need to be fitted by a doctor because one size fits most users. It’s also made out of durable silicone and can be used for two years.

Caya Diaphragm!

Caya Diaphragm!

Interested? You can purchase a CAYA diaphragm (sold at cost) from Head & Hands for $50. Tubes of contragel are available as well for 20$. Check out the CAYA website for more info and insertion videos.

To purchase a diaphragm from us or for more info, contact our Health Services Coordinator, Jos, at (514) 481-0277 or health@headandhands.ca. You can also just swing by our office at 5833 Sherbrooke West! Not in Montreal? Don’t worry, you can order the CAYA online via Anarres Health (they are also the Canadian distributor for the Femcap)!

Spotlight on: super-volunteer lawyer Irving Narvey!

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Irving Narvey stopped by to chat after a couple rounds of tennis! Lovin the semi-retired life!

Irving Narvey stopped by to chat after a couple rounds of tennis! Gotta love the semi-retired life!

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on super-volunteer Irving Narvey, who, after 43 years giving his time and expertise at the Head & Hands legal clinic, has finally left us to enjoy the fruits of a semi-retired life. 43 years?! That’s right: Mr. Narvey has been volunteering since the inception of the legal clinic, and for almost the entirety of his career!

Fresh out of law school and just starting his own law practice, Irving was invited to get involved in 1971 by Eric Smith, who was one of the first volunteer lawyers at Head & Hands.

“I guess when you’re young and principled, and you carry your sword, you want to help people,” Mr. Narvey told us. “Coming to Head & Hands was an opportunity to meet people who were in need of legal advice, and obviously to give back. And there I was, in a position to do so, and I was thrilled to do it, so I did.”

As a 28-year-old, I have a hard time understanding how anybody could do anything for 43 years, so I had to ask: what kept you coming back to volunteer, after a long day at work, for more than four decades?! “It really wasn’t a hefty burden at all,” said Irving. “I always saw myself as a litigator, representing the people before the courts, and fighting for their rights…I’d like to think that my practice was people-oriented, so coming here was really an extension of what I did on a full-time basis for a living.”

When asked about the best part of volunteering at Head & Hands, Mr. Narvey didn’t hesitate: “Being in touch with the people. What can I tell you? People need people! As a matter of fact, if I didn’t know that Barbara Streisand had already done it I would have written the song.”

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On behalf of the entire team at Head & Hands, and the hundreds of community members who have benefited from your legal expertise over the past four decades, thank you Irving! We wish you many healthy and happy years of relaxation as you move into a very well-deserved semi-retirement.

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.