Making the Annapolis Valley a better place for LGBTQ youth and our allies

Drop-In: CURRENTLY ON HOLD

NOTE: Because of the shifting nature of the pandemic, drop-in may be cancelled with little notice. Please confirm on the day of drop-in that the session is still running. Updates will be posted on the website and Facebook.

The NSYP is holding all of their regular programming on Zoom. Check here for dates and times.


Who

Drop-in is open to all youth, 13 to 25, who want to make the Annapolis Valley a better place for 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Support people over 25 who would like to meet the volunteers are welcome to contact us and arrange to meet beforehand.  However, for the confidentiality and comfort of all participants, people over 25 are not permitted to attend drop-in, except for facilitators and invited guests.

Where

Port Williams Community Centre, 1045 Main Street, Port Williams

Go to the back of the building; this is where you will find the Community Centre entrance. Open the door, turn right and you will see the stairs that lead to the second floor; at left is the elevator. Both lead directly to the auditorium where you will find us. We have two sets of washrooms to ourselves located just inside the auditorium. As always, we encourage you to use the bathroom you’re most comfortable with.

When

  • Projected start date: Wed, Sept. 22. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month when possible. Remember to confirm that drop-in is running before you come.
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Come for the entire two hours, or just “drop in” to say hi!

What

On the agenda:

  • food — usually fruit, vegetables, cookies, juice and water
  • games
  • a lending library
  • pamphlets and resources, including safer sex info and supplies, pregnancy tests, etc.
  • art supplies
  • discussion table led by a facilitator

…and a chance to meet people from all over the Valley.  We look forward to seeing you!

Guidelines

All volunteers and participants are expected to abide by our Guiding Principles:

Consent: Use the names and pronouns people request, ask before touching people, and before entering into their space; respect other users of the building.

Confidentiality: Do not share who attends drop-in or what people share there.

Co-operation: We all work together to build community and make this a great space. No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc.

*If you are experiencing any signs of illness, do not attend drop-in.

New Public Health Regulations and Drop-in

  • Masking is required. Please be sure your mask is well-fitted.
  • Proof of vaccination with a corresponding ID is required. No age-related exceptions will be made.
    • Types of ID that are acceptable: any government issued ID (it does not have to be photo ID), for example a health card, SIN card, or driver’s license. Student identification will also be accepted.
  • You will be given a contact tracing form. This form will ask you to record your name as it appears on your vaccination record, your phone number, and the name you would like used if we have to contact you. This information is kept private and used only if contact tracing is required. If not, it is destroyed.
  • Note: if you don’t have ID that matches your vaccination record, or you have a medical exemption from vaccination, please get in touch with us before attending. Email: valleyyouthproject@gmail.com

Access Notes

The Port Williams Community Centre auditorium is located on the second floor of the building. There is an elevator and a set of stairs for access. The all-gender washrooms are accessible, and connected to the auditorium for the exclusive use of participants.

The VYP strives to create a scent-free environment. For this reason, do not wear or bring scented products to drop-in.

All VYP volunteers and guests are required to be double vaccinated against Covid19.

For the health and safety of all participants, do not attend drop-in if you have any signs of any illness.

Sign Up for Email Notification

By the way, if you want to get an email whenever new news or events are announced, use the “Email Updates” section, just to the right of this screen. This will give you notice of cancellations as soon as they are made.

Transportation

We are also able to provide free, door-to-door drives for VYP activities (and yes, the vans are wheelchair accessible).  If you are in Kings, Hants, or Annapolis County, a van from Trans County Transportation, Hants Dial a Ride, or Kings Point to Point can pick you up and take you home. No catch!  Just sign up by 12 noon, two business days in advance, on our transportation page.  If you need to cancel, please contact us, not the transportation provider.

Weather-related Cancellations

Drop-in is definitely cancelled when Annapolis Valley schools are closed.

If an event is cancelled, including if weather worsens on a day when schools are open, we will strive to announce it by 3PM on our Facebook group as well as posting on the front page of the website.  That’s another good reason to sign up for email updates about new posts — use the “Email Updates” section on the right-hand side of this page to subscribe.

If you requested a ride and do not need it, please let us know as soon as you can!

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