Here you will find groups and workshops hosted by Foundry Virtual. If you have a question about a group or workshop listed below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This drop-in workshop will be co-facilitated by Foundry Virtual Peer Supporters and a facilitator from the BC Crisis Centre. You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions fit with your schedule and areas of interest. Please see the outline below and one-pager for more information on what will be covered.
When: the workshop will run for 4 weeks from June 22 – July 15, every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:00pm. (No class on Canada day, July 1, this class will run Thursday July 2)
Where: the workshop will be run through Zoom. Participants will be sent information ahead of time on how to join and support will be available if you run into any technical difficulties.
Register Now: Simply fill in the registration form
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What to expect:
- Each session will explore a topic related to well-being. You’ll be introduced to one or more short practices, a fun video, and there will be time to share questions and comments.
- Since it’s a webinar, you won’t be visible. You’ll be able to see and hear the facilitator and Peer Supporter co-leading each session, but they won’t see you or hear you. You’ll be invited to participate as much or little as you want through your Zoom Chat. You can type questions or comments to just the facilitators, or share them with everyone.
- You’ll be introduced to a variety of simple techniques to support navigating life’s ups and downs. Keep in mind that you can always modify any of the practices so they feel good for you. If you want or need to step away from any of the webinars, feel free.
What will be covered in the workshop?
Session One: Mindfulness & Mental Health – June 22, 2020, 6:30pm-7:00pm
In this session, we take a look at what mindfulness is and how it can improve our mental health and help us deal with change, stress and uncertainty. We get to know simple, practical tools that support us in riding the waves of life. In this session, learn simple mindfulness practices and consider how mindfulness can help us ride life’s ups and downs with a little more ease and greater ability to bounce-back during tough times.
Session Two: Respond Vs. React – Brain Science – June 24, 2020, 6:30-7:00pm
When we experience challenging situations, we may feel angry, sad, worried, and may react impulsively. Sometimes our reactions can be harmful to ourselves or others. In this session, we explore how taking a breath and pausing can help us respond thoughtfully, rather than impulsively. We look at the brain science that supports mindfulness tools and practices and learn a simple practice called STOP, which you can use anywhere, anytime.
Session Three: Heartfulness – June 29, 2020 6:30-7:00pm
Scientists have found that heartfulness–purposely having kind thoughts or wishing happiness for yourself or others–can make the world a better place, and help us be happier and healthier, too! In this session, we try out simple heartfulness practices and consider how to bring them into daily life.
Session Four: Noticing Thoughts – Don’t Believe Everything You Think – July 2, 2020, 6:30-7:00pm
Humans have over 80,000 thoughts each day. Sometimes we have thoughts we don’t want to have or thoughts that aren’t helpful or kind to ourselves or others. Sometimes we have the same thoughts over and over, even though we don’t need to! In this session, we discuss how noticing our thoughts can help us let go more easily of those that aren’t helpful — it can be helpful if we don’t believe everything we think.
Session Five: Awareness of Emotions – Name it, to Tame it – July 6, 2020, 6:30-7:00pm
We all feel lots of emotions every day – happy, sad, angry, worried, bored… In this session we explore how and why noticing our emotions can help reduce their impact and help us manage our feelings more effectively. We look at the science behind the idea that if we name an emotion, we can tame it.
Session Six: Pleasant/Unpleasant – July 8, 2020, 6:30-7:00pm
We all like some things and not others. In this session, we explore the value of being aware of how we feel and think about different situations, and use this to help us manage our reactions and experiences related to challenges or things we find unpleasant.
Session Seven: The Science of Noticing What’s Going Well – Gratitude – July 13, 2020 – 6:30
To help keep us safe, our brains are wired to focus on what is not going well. In this session, we explore recent brain science and why it’s important to notice even the smallest things that are going well.
Session Eight: Changing our Relationship to Challenges – July 15, 2020, 6:30-7:00pm
In this final session, we review some of the key components of mindfulness and how we can bring these tools into daily life to help us manage stress, uncertainty and change.
Starting on July 16, 2020, join us on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm for Foundry Virtual’s Queer Café!
Young people ages 12-24 who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, or another gender or sexual orientation minority) are invited to meet over Zoom for activities and conversation in a supportive, inclusive environment. The Queer Café is facilitated by youth peer supporters from Foundry Virtual who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ and features a mix of activities, discussion, games, workshops, and more!
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Who is the Queer Café for?
Anyone in BC between the ages of 12 and 24 who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ2IA+ community is welcome to attend, including but not limited to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, queer, non-binary, asexual, aromantic, agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, intersex, or questioning. You don’t need to have used Foundry services before, and you don’t need a referral from a professional.
When and where is the Queer Café?
The Queer Café is held over Zoom and takes place every Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00pm. The facilitators will be available for half an hour after the Queer Café (until 7:30 pm) if you would like to talk more about anything that came up during the session.
Who runs the Queer Café?
The Queer Café is facilitated by two youth peer supporters who identify as LGBTQ2IA+. A peer supporter is a trained support worker who has lived experience of the different types of issues they help others with, like mental health or substance use challenges. A youth peer supporter is a peer supporter who is close to your own age (between the ages of 17 and 25).
What activities does the Queer Café involve?
The Queer Café features a wide variety of different activities, and you can choose which sessions you’re interested in attending. Every session includes time for introductions, going over guidelines for the group, and talking about how we are all doing. You never have to share anything you don’t want to and can participate as little or as much as you would like in conversations and activities.
Some examples of activities the Queer Café might include are making art together, playing games, workshops on topics like sexual health, and presentations by LGBTQ2A+ artists. You can talk about anything at the Queer Café, not just LGBTQ2IA+ issues, but the facilitators may also lead discussions about topics specifically related to being LGBTQ2IA+, like relationships or coming out. You can see what’s planned each week by looking at our calendar (coming soon) or following us on Instagram.
How can I attend the Queer Café?
You need to register for the Queer Café before you are able to attend any sessions; however, once you are registered, you can attend as many or as few as you want (or none at all).
You will need to fill out a form that asks for information such as your name, date of birth, and contact information. This is so that we can keep track of how many people attend the group and what age demographic they belong to, as well as making sure we’re able to contact you about the group and that people don’t join the group for inappropriate reasons (for example, to harass other participants). After you fill out the form, you will receive an email from a staff member at Foundry confirming your registration and providing you with instructions on how to attend the group. Before each session, you will receive a reminder email notifying you of what will be happening at the Queer Café that week, along with a link to click to join the session on Zoom.
How do I get news and updates about the Queer Café?
To see what’s happening at this week’s Queer Café, or to check what’s planned for upcoming sessions, check out our calendar (coming soon), follow us on Instagram, or email us at email@example.com to be added to our email list.
Do I have to use my legal name to sign up for the Queer Café?
When you register, you’ll be asked to give your first and last name as well as your birthday so that Foundry can keep track of how many people attend the Queer Café and what age demographic they belong to. You’ll also be asked for contact information, like a phone number or email address. You’ll have the option to provide a preferred name that’s different from your legal name. You can also select your own display name on Zoom.
Is the Queer Café confidential?
The Queer Café facilitators are part of the Foundry team and will take notes after the group so that we can keep track of what services and activities young people are interested in or how the group could be improved. That information won’t be shared with anyone outside of Foundry unless someone is in danger and needs immediate help or we’re ordered by a court to share it. The Queer Café welcomes young people from all over BC who might have a range of experiences and privacy concerns to attend, so we ask that participants don’t share personal information they hear during the group without permission.
I’m worried about upsetting topics that might come up. Is the Queer Café safe?
Participants are free to talk about anything at the Queer Café, but the facilitators will do their best to ensure that everyone in the group feels comfortable with any topics that come up and pause the conversation if needed. We ask that participants check in with the rest of the group before sharing something that could be triggering (meaning it could be emotionally distressing for others in the group). The facilitators will also work with the group to create a community agreement beforehand to make sure everyone feels safe during the Queer Café. If you need additional support during or after the Queer Café, one of the facilitators can check in with you individually.
Can I leave the Queer Café?
Yes, you can leave the Queer Café at any time, for any reason. If there are concerns about your safety, a Foundry worker will contact you afterwards to check in.
I don’t see my identity listed here/I’m not sure how I identify. Is the Queer Café right for me?
The Queer Café strives to be as inclusive as possible, and while the facilitators may not be familiar with your unique identity and experiences, they are always open to learning more. You don’t need to use any specific word for your identity or experiences to attend. The facilitators are happy to speak to you privately during or after the Queer Café if you have concerns about names, pronouns, or other language related to your identity, or would like additional support communicating your identity to the group.
I’m experiencing a crisis right now and need immediate help. Is the Queer Café right for me?
The Queer Café is an activity and discussion group, and isn’t meant to provide crisis support or intervention. If this is an emergency, consider contacting one of the following services, or call 911:
- YouthInBC crisis line (online chat available from noon to 1 am, phone line available 24/7)
- Youthspace online emotional support and crisis chat (available 6 pm to midnight)
- Kids Help Phone counselling, referrals, and information (available 24/7)
- Trans Lifeline transgender-led crisis line (available 7 am to 1 am)
- Youth Against Violence multilingual violence support line (available 24/7)
- KUU-US crisis line for Indigenous youth (available 24/7)
I’m looking for one-on-one support from a counselor or peer supporter. Is the Queer Café right for me?
Although Foundry also offers virtual counselling and one-on-one peer support for LGBTQ2IA+ youth, the Queer Café is intended as a social space. This means it is not well-suited to provide one-on-one support. If you would like to speak to someone individually, you can check out Foundry’s other virtual services.
I’m looking for group therapy/a clinical group. Is the Queer Café right for me?
The Queer Café is a peer support group, not a clinical group. This means that we come together as peers for social support; however, we don’t teach therapy techniques in this group and the facilitators are not professional counsellors. Foundry will be offering clinical groups online in the future. Check out Foundry’s other virtual services.