Drop-in Groups

Drop-in groups are peer-led (for 2SLGBTQ+ people, by 2SLGBTQ+ people) programs that are hosted online and/or in-person. Below is a list of our current groups and how to attend or RSVP.

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20 Something Group

The 20 Something Meet-Up, is a blend of hang-out and discussion groups for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks who are ages 19-29 every month on the second and fourth Tuesday. Join Maddie, Cort, and other folks in their twenties still figuring this interesting world out in their 20’s.

We have provided two dates for this month, you can sign up for one or both dates. However, please email us if you are unable to make it once you register. Upon completing this registration form you should receive an automatic email confirmation with some additional notes, if you do not receive one after 24 hours, please let us know. 
programming@kindspace.ca
20@kindspace.ca

In-person dates (2nd and 4th Tuesdays):

Time: 7-9 pm

30ish Group

The 30-ish Group is a blend of a drop-in and discussion-based group. This is open to all 2SLGBTQIA+ people in their thirties and those who are also 29! Join our Facilitator Meghan and others monthly on the third Tuesday for a night of chats, discussions, and games from 7PM until 9PM. This in-person program will have a maximum of around 25 participants to keep things chill.

Please email us if you are unable to make it after you register. Upon completing this registration form you should receive an automatic email confirmation with some additional notes, if you do not receive one after 24 hours, please let us know. 
programming@kindspace.ca
30@kindspace.ca

Date:

Time: 7-9pm

Ace/Aro Space

Join us for thoughtful discussions and recreational activities centering Ace/Aro folks in the Ottawa Community every 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM!; and the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2PM! This in-person group is open to anyone who identifies under the asexual or aromantic umbrellas (including grey, demi, quoi, alloaro, etc). So even if you are new to the community, or have been waiting to meet and chill with other Ace/Aro folks for a while, this space is open for you.

Each month we will have a loose theme or event to bring us together, so stay tuned to social media! This group is for those ages 18+; Questions can be sent to acearo@kindspace.ca.

Date: 1st Thursday (7-9pm), 3rd Saturday (2-4pm)

Cafe Q

Every second Friday,  a diverse and dynamic group of youth meet at Kind for an evening of low-pressure hanging out. Care, support, and harm reduction are key practices at Café Q which is run by Taryn and other support facilitators. Join other youth for game nights, art making, snacks or just to chill and check in with friends.

Kind Space is at 400 Cooper, Unit 9001 on Floor 9!

taryn@kindspace.ca

programming@kindspace.ca

Date: Every second Friday

Time: 6-9pm

Registration:

Fabulous 40's

The Fabulous 40’s Group is a discussion and social space for 2SLGBTQIA+ in their 40’s to meet others their age. Maybe you are changing careers, navigating an aging family, or several major changes occurring in your life; this peer group is here for you to share; seek advice, and make new friends over a small activity. Join Stephanie and others the first Wednesday of every month from 6PM until 9PM as we stay fabulous during the long journey which is our 40’s. 

Please email us if you are unable to make it after you register. Upon completing this registration form you should receive an automatic email confirmation with some additional notes, if you do not receive one after 24 hours, please let us know.
programming@kindspace.ca
40@kindspace.ca

Date: 1st Wednesday

Time: 6-9pm

Registration:

GenderQuest

GenderQuest is a support and social group for trans, non-binary, gender diverse, and two-spirit adults. This is a diverse, peer-led social group for those at any stage of transition: come, share, learn, and socialize in a safer space. All trans, two-spirit, and gender-diverse people are welcome to attend, including those who are on their gender quest and are still figuring it out! Join Taryn and Sophie during the first hour for discussion and questions, with the remaining time for socializing and making new friends. 

GenderQuest meets every second Monday Online from 7PM until 9PM and the last Wednesday of the month in person, now from 6PM to 9PM. The first portion of GenderQuest will remain the same where participants will engage in lightly themed conversations together as a group, then after a break,  participants can meet and mingle, make new friends, play games, and/or join smaller conversations throughout the space.

genderquest@kindspace.ca

taryn@kindspace.ca

programming@kindspace.ca

Date:

Time: 6-9pm

Kind Space Youth Discord

At the beginning of the pandemic, the youth at Kind Space made the decision to stay as connected as possible and asked that a Discord server to be created. Since then the server has grown to over 120+ members between 13-25. 

The server is an adult moderated space by long-time volunteers and board members of the organization. 

You can register for the Discord server.

Puzzle Club

Puzzle Club is a drop-in group at Kind Space for people of all ages, to play traditional recreational games and puzzles. Every Second and Fourth Friday from 7:30-9:00 PM. This is an opportunity to revisit some old-fashioned games and pastimes; create jigsaw puzzles over the weeks; or play; board games, cards, checkers, chess, and charades with other people.

Whatever type of puzzle you like to do, come break some loneliness. This space will be open before the club to play games and socialize, but the big puzzles won’t be rolled out until 7:30PM! Come Join the Club!

Registration for this particular group is not required; but does help Kind Space help accommodate allergies, emergency contacts; and particular accessibility requirements. You can just drop into the space.

Register:

Silver Souls - 50+ group

Silver Souls is a peer support for 50+ LGBTQ+ and will take place every second and fourth Friday, from 6:30-7:30 PM. This is a safer space to talk about whatever is on your mind or heart. Tea and snacks are offered. After the hour session, you are welcome to stay for puzzle club which runs from 7:30PM – 9:00PM for all ages.

Registration for this particular group is not required; but does help Kind Space help accommodate allergies, emergency contacts; and particular accessibility requirements. You can just drop into the space.

Register:

Queer Trans Youth (QTY)

Queer Trans Youth is a structured discussion and social group for older teens and young adults ages 17-24; who are adjusting to adulthood as a young 2SLGBTQIA+ person. This group takes place every Second Monday of the Month from 6-9PM. Queer Trans Youth (originally Pink Triangle Youth) is one of Kind Space’s oldest peer groups dating back to the 1980s; after a couple of years of hiatus, we have returned with a new focus.

QTY features two segments: Town Hall is a segment of the group where folks in the community can engage in peer-support discussions. This can range from seeking or providing advice with facilitators and other participants; sharing and learning about upcoming and current events and issues; or even discussing and debating your favorite media. After our group discussion; folks can choose to head out, or hang out at Kind Space to continue the conversation, eat food, or participate in a range of activities and games.

Date: Every second Monday

Time: 6-9pm

QueerAmore

Queer Amore aims to create a comfortable space to gather and talk about issues related to being bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious and questioning. Queer Amore with Ben and Tova, takes a fresh look at exploring and enjoying your sexuality. Previously known as BiAmore, this group strives to be a safe space for those who are processing their identity or want to meet others who are on their journey.

Date:

Time: 7-9pm

Community Guidelines

Kind Space is an intersectional space and acknowledges that being oppressed in one way does not absolve us of being oppressors in other ways. Hierarchies in our communities exist and must actively and continually be challenged.

Note: This list was augmented  to include virtual meetings and spaces.

Do this all (or most of) the time

  • Introduce yourself to new people you meet 
    • If you feel comfortable you can introduce yourself with your name and pronoun 
  • Ask people if it is OK before making physical contact, especially if you do not know them
  • Use the name and pronoun a person gives you
  • Do not ask or question people’s gender or sexuality, especially in public spaces
  • Take ownership of your words and actions and the effect they may have on others.
  • If you are participating in a group for the first time, it is a good rule of thumb to listen and get an understanding of the dynamics and culture of the group
    • Ask clarification questions around sensitive subjects with facilitators or staff
  • Give people high fives, hugs and fist bumps if you are comfortable and the other person consents
  • Do not give out your personal contact information, especially if you are a counsellor, placement student, or doing peer support work

Do not do this all the time

  • Make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexuality, or relationship status/style
  • Touch people or enter people’s personal space without their consent (online, too!)
  • Mis-gendering someone (gender identity, expression, and perception can be tricky!), it happens, apologize, move on and do better – DO NOT DWELL OR APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY

I am not sure what you were thinking

  • Continually disrespecting people, their wishes and/or boundaries
  • Assault/abuse/harassment (sexual, physical, emotional, mental)
  • Theft from service users, volunteers, staff, or Kind Space
  • Intimidation or threats of violence against service users, volunteers, staff, or Kind Space
Program Feedback (external link)

Education and Outreach

Training & Workshops

Kind Space offers community groups, organizations, and businesses with training and workshops by request, for a fee, subject to availability.

Kind Space is currently not taking on any workshops and trainings until summer 2022.

Outreach

Kind Space is available to table at community fairs and coporate events.

Contact Carling at carling@kindspace.ca for outreach events.

Growing Resistance

Growing Resistance is a regenerative care project for communities and the environment. Access to food, clean air, and water (along with shelter) is the right of all people. We all occupy this space together and share the responsibility of taking care of the land and each other. 

Learn more here

OUTtawa: A SafetyLabs Project [ARCHIVED]

This project ended March 30, 2022 and the final report was submitted on September 30th. The project pages will be archived and remain viewable for transparency. 

You can read the final report here

You can view the workplace environmental scan here

You can view the resource guide here

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OUTtawa as a program strives to outline the importance of intent vs. impactaccountability and survivor informed/centred holistic community wellness. This project hopes to cultivate a space that addresses harm and conflict, explores areas for organizational improvement and addresses shame, truth and reconciliation within a constructive non-abusive environment. 

Learn about the project here 

Meet the community partners 

Fill out the survivor survey 

Mental Wellness

Our Mental wellness programs and resources are skills-based, trauma-informed, and rooted in self-determination.

Be Kind to Your Mind - short-term, individual therapy

Welcome to “Be Kind to Your Mind” short-term, individual therapy. This program is generously funded through the “Mental Health & Wellbeing” grant from the Canadian Red Cross and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Learn more and register here

Community Care Booklet (workbook)

Having conversations about what kind of care you need can be tricky and sometimes difficult. With some inspirational help from a workshop by the Ten Oaks Project, we developed a Care Book!

Save a copy you can edit here! 

My Crisis Care Plan (workbook)

My Crisis Care Plan is an adopted and expanded workbook of Lindsay Braman’s worksheetMy Personal Crisis Plan“. Lindsay Braman is a Seattle-based artist, therapist, educator, and visual translator. 

We expanded the length of the worksheet, adding additional questions and Ottawa-specific resources.

You can sign-up for resources created by Lindsay here.

You can download a copy of our adapted workbook here.

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