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 online@foundrybc.ca

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#relationshipgoals

It’s common to see #relationshipgoals tagged on social media – but what does a healthy relationship mean to you? Join the #relationshipgoals group to understand how communication, compromise, and commitment work together to help us to increase our relationship wellness and emotional vocabulary. This group will be co-facilitated by a counsellor and a youth peer supporter and will take place Monday evenings from 6 PM - 7 PM beginning September 14th.

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FAQ for #relationshipgoals

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When and where is the #relationshipgoals group? 

The #relationshipgoals group is held over Zoom and takes place every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00pm beginning September 14th. If you haven’t used Zoom before, check out our Guidelines for Using Zoom. 

What can I expect from coming to the #relationshipgoals group? 

#relationshipgoals is a group where we come together to talk about what it means to have healthy relationships with the important people in our lives. This can include friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, as well as others. The goal of this group is to learn healthy tools and strategies to increase our communication skills, name our feelings, and boost our sense of overall satisfaction in relationships. We will facilitate this learning through exploring communication and boundary-setting strategies, peer connection, and fun social activities.  

Is this a support group? 

#relationshipgoals is skills-based group for participants to learn more about cultivating and fostering healthy relationships in our lives. There will be an opportunity to share our lived relationship experiences and receive peer support from the grouphowever, the emphasis will be on collaborative education. If you are looking for one-on-one services, including counselling or peer support, please visit Foundry Virtual Services for more information. 

What topics will be covered in this group? 

Group facilitators will meet individually with each participant prior to the first session to adapt the group content to best meet the needs of what young people are looking for. In addition to feedback from participants, we will explore topics such as the three “Cs” of relationships, which include communication, compromise, and commitmentThis includes providing examples of what healthy and secure relationships can look like and talking about how unhealthy relationships can manifest in our livesWe’ll also facilitate fun activities to get to know each other including icebreakers and talk and share activities!  

Is this group confidential? 

The #relationshipgoals group facilitators work as part of the Foundry team and will take notes after each group so that we can keep track of what services and activities young people are interested in, or how the group could be improved in the future. This group is open to young people across BC, so we ask that participants are mindful of each other’s privacy and don’t share personal information they hear during the group without permission. 

I’m worried about upsetting topics that may arise during the Healthy Relationships group.  

If you are aware of any topics that may be distressing or triggering for you, please indicate this to the facilitators during the one-on-one information sessionWe 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 #relationshipgoals. If you need additional support during or after the groupplease know that you can exit the group at any time and a facilitator will check in with you if you wish. 

How can I attend this group? 

You can begin by completing the registration form here. Upon completion, our program assistant will reach out to you by email to arrange a brief 15-minute information session with a group facilitator. The purpose of the information session is to go over the group content together and hear what each group member would like to get out of the workshop series and how we can best meet your needs as facilitators. Please note this information session is mandatory to be able to attend the group to ensure all group members have the most meaningful and inclusive experience possible. 

 

For any additional questions on #relationshipgoals please email online@foundrybc.ca

Queer Cafe

Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm for Foundry Virtual’s Queer Café!

Queer Cafe invites 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) 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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Learn more about Queer Cafe

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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. If you haven’t used Zoom before, check out our Guidelines for Using Zoom 

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). Fill out the registration form now!

The form asks for information such as your name, date of birth, and contact information. This helps us keep track of how many people attend the group and what age demographic they belong to, and ensures we are 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 online@foundrybc.ca 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: 

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.

SPEAK UP!

Ever get the feeling that nobody is listening? Maybe even that nobody cares about what you have to say? It’s time for your voice to be heard and “Speak Up!”

Join Foundry Virtual’s “Speak Up” 5-week webinar series where we dive into what your rights are as a young person in BC. Each week we will be answering important questions that may impact you along with some of BC’s most effective advocates. These session are beneficial for young people and those who work with young people.

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Here are some of the topics and dates for the topics on Speak Up!
Advocating to Medical Professionals – August 4th 2020 4:00PM PST 
The Mental Health Act and You – August 10th 2020 4:00PM PST
Navigating the Child Welfare System – August 17th 2020 4:00PM PST
Legal Aid Services – August 24th 2020 4:00PM PST
Victim Services – August 31st  2020 4:00PM PST
If you haven’t used Zoom before, check out our guidelines for using Zoom

What's in your toolbox?: Mindfulness skills for everyday living (Currently Not Running, see below for waitlist options)

We just completed our first mindfulness group! Check out this page for future mindfulness group opportunities or email online@foundrybc.ca to get on the waiting list for the next one!

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.

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We just completed our first mindfulness group! Check out this page for future mindfulness group opportunities or email online@foundrybc.ca to get on the waiting list for the next one!

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.