LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow

LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow is a community-based program that provides a full range of education, counselling and support services offered by Family Services Ottawa.  We support the  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTTQ+) communities and allies of Ottawa.

Member of the Rainbow Service Providers Network (RSPN) of Ottawa.

You can still ‘drop in’ – our group for parents of gender diverse, trans and non-binary children and youth is offered via video conference each month (during COVID-19);

our Transcend youth group for gender diverse, trans, non-binary and questioning youth aged 11 – 17 is offered via video conference the last Monday of every month (during COVID-19). Please contact lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org to learn more about how we can help support you.

What we do

Counselling

We provide individual counselling for people over the age of 18.    If you would like to access counselling services please contact our intake worker at 613-725-3601.

 

Workshops, Training and Public Education

Our Trainer and Public Educator provides free education and training on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to non-profit groups and NGO’s operating in Ottawa.*  We will adjust the training to fit the needs of your organization,  social service agency or school.

Now is a great time to build the skills of your staff team.  We can work with you as you learn how to make your environment LGBTTQ+ inclusive.  To book a live video training for your staff team Please contact lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org

A brief overview of topics covered for the LGBTTQ+ training and presentation include:

*Fees apply to for-profit groups & groups operating outside of Ottawa.  Donations are greatly appreciated and a charitable donation receipt is available for all donations of $20 or higher. For more information contact the Around the Rainbow Trainer and Public Education worker at 613-725-3601 ext. 105, or fill out our training request form and email to lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org

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Upcoming Groups and Events

Support Group for parents & caregivers of gender creative, trans, transgender children, youth or young adults

Do you have a child, teen or young adult who is gender diverse, transgender or non-binary?

Are you interested in meeting with other parents & caregivers?

For more information contact the Around the Rainbow Trainer and Public Education worker at 613-725-3601 ext 105, lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org

You can still ‘drop in’ – our group for parents of gender diverse, trans and non-binary children and youth is offered via video conference each month (during COVID-19).

Transcend Drop – In Trans Youth Group

For gender diverse, transgender, non-binary, and questioning youth (ages 11-17). Make friends, get support, do projects or just have fun!

You can still ‘drop in’ – our group is offered via video conference (during COVID-19) the last Monday of every month. Please contact lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org to learn more about how we can help support you.

AGES:  11 – 17

WHEN: Last Monday of each month

TIME: 6pm – 8pm

LOCATION: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON

For more information contact 613-725-3601 ext. 105,  lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org

LGBTTQ+ Rainbow Families Art & Play Afternoon Drop-In

Currently on hold due to COVID-19.

For LGBTTQ+ headed families and their young children, and families with young gender creative children.  Join us in art & play activities while connecting with other families.

WHEN: 1st Saturday of the month (excluding long weekends)

TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Andrew Fleck Childcare Services, 2330 Don Reid Drive #101

For more information contact 613-725-3601 ext. 105, lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org

For events please visit the LGBTTQ Around the Rainbow Facebook page

 

Learning from Around the Rainbow

The Around the Rainbow: Creating Inclusive Spaces for LGBTTQ+ Families in Ottawa manual is now available online.  This manual tells the story of the launch of the program at Family Services Ottawa, how the program and services have evolved over the years, lessons learned, and our plans for the future.  We hope that other agencies and communities will find useful resources and hints in the manual; please share it widely with your staff, clients, participants and community.  The funding for the development of the manual was provided by the Counselling Foundation of Canada.

 

Community Resources

Toolkits

Recommended Reading

Community Calendar

Please visit the Family Services Ottawa Events Calendar to find out about upcoming events.

 

Ontario Trillium Foundation / Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601