Street Work Services

Needle exchange

Free clean injection materials (needles, water, steri cups, sharps collectors, tourniquet, safe injection information). You can also drop off your sharps containers with the street worker. The street worker can meet you where you are most comfortable to pass on clean injection materials you’ve requested. Examples are: on a street corner, at your apartment, in a park, at Head & Hands. We have a range of needle sizes; you can discuss your preferences before meeting the street worker.

Clean Inhalation Gear

Free crack kits (glass pipe, push stick, 5 filters and a mouthpiece, non-lubricated condom, safe inhalation information). The Street Worker can meet up with you to pass on clean inhalation materials you’ve requested. Examples are: on a street corner, at your apartment, in a park, at Head & Hands.

Condoms

An assortment of LifeStyles condoms from ultra-sensitive to tough, lubricated & non-lubricated, assorted colours to various flavours are available for free. Don’t forget the lube! Street workers carry both condoms and lube; feel free to ask for as many or as few as you like. We can drop off a few boxes at motels, community centers and schools, and offer large quantities for parties when requested.

Listening and referrals

The street worker can meet you somewhere in NDG to chat about anything that may be on your mind. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of or just to listen to how your day is going. When hard stuff comes up in our lives or the lives of our friends and family, the street worker is there to listen, keeping what you’ve discussed in confidence. If you have a question, or are looking for the number to a resource, you can call the street worker’s confidential cell phone at 514-808-1312 (Liz) and 514-779-3386 (Devon).

Mediation

The street worker often spends time at Vendôme and Villa Maria Metro stations around 3pm. If there is police presence and they are ticketing youth, the street worker can act as a mediator between police and youth who are being targeted. The same goes for youth who are hanging out in parks, at bus stops or on the street.

Finding a shelter

The street worker has a list of shelters and you can decide together which one would be most suited to you. In times where you find you need a safe place to sleep, the street worker can help connect you to a shelter and a warm bed at night.

Relationship support

Having someone to talk to if you are in a relationship where there is physical and/or emotional abuse can be helpful, especially if you feel you have no where else to turn. The street worker is going to take your lead and won’t judge you or pressure you to make a decision you don’t want to. We can discuss safety plans, accompaniments to a hospital or shelter, or simply talk about your day.

Accompaniments

A street worker can go with you to different appointments that you may have, for example, if you have an appointment to get an abortion, see a welfare officer, attend a court hearing, or meet with your landlord, the street worker can make arrangements to be with you before, during or after those meetings.

Statement for police

If you have ever been stopped by the police and questioned whether they were treating you fairly, check out this Statement for police. If you feel that, according to these guidelines, you have been treated unfairly or unlawfully give Head & Hands and/or the street worker a call. We can help you figure out the next steps.

Workshops

Street work also provides workshops on harm reduction and drug awareness to youth in group homes, schools and community centers. Call the street workers at 514-808-1312 (Liz) or 514-779-3386 (Devon) or the main office at 514-481-0277 to book a workshop. You can also find more information on our Community Workshops page.

We believe in advocating for the rights and needs of youth. We work on issues ranging from, living below the poverty line to drug use, sex work, housing insecurity, police profiling, youth in care and youth in the criminal justice system.