Members working in the Multi-Media Unit publish information about UP House in creative and captivating ways. Through this unit members also: publicize information about mental illness; showcase their artistic skills; and lend their technical expertise to UP House’s PR and fundraising efforts.
If you are interested in learning or contributing your skills in: digital photography; videography; interviewing; writing; editing; translation (French<->English); website development and design; social media; graphic design; or simply sharing your creative ideas; come join UP House and check out its Multi-Media Unit!
Members in the culinary unit prepare delicious and nutritious lunches and refreshments for UP House. They share the responsibilities of: meal planning; shopping; helping to cook and bake; maintaining the kitchen; managing the snack bar; and cash tallying.
Cooking for the UP House membership is both work and a wonderfully creative, fun team experience.
In UP House’s Computer Refurbishing Project members refurbish computers under the guidance, training and technical expertise of a staff member. This is a charitable project that offers affordable computer equipment to disadvantaged persons living in Montreal.
Once a member, come join us Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., get your hands inside a computer, learn a ton and enjoy the teamwork, challenges and accomplishments of this project.
Please check UP House’s calendar for schedule changes or cancellations.
Gardening is a great way to get outside, get in touch with nature and experience its rhythms. It can be a relaxing and calming activity.
Every season members plant a variety of herbs and flowers and care for the garden’s plants. Plans are in the works for a vegetable garden! Our director, Ruth, brings a wealth of gardening experience to UP House and offers guidance to members who work on this project.
The education unit offers members:
- Tutoring in basic computer skills;
- Member-to-member tutoring in a variety of subjects*;
- A French-English conversation group to practice spoken French and English (please see The French-English Conversation Workshop);
- French and English language-learning software;
- A typing improvement program (software), also used by members to practice sustained focus; and
- One-on-one meetings with a staff member proficient in helping members find and access educational opportunities that match their interests.
* When a member requests tutoring on a particular subject, staff surveys the membership to find a member capable of tutoring it.
Radio UP is UP House’s online podcast station. Members publish informative and engaging podcasts that reveal personal journeys with mental illness — challenges encountered, challenges overcome and finding the hope and meaning to meet the challenges that remain. Radio UP gives a public voice to people living with mental illness helping to demystify it, correct false beliefs and reduce stigma.
Members also publish purely artistic and entertaining podcasts on Radio UP.
Once a month members working on Radio UP hold a roundtable discussion, record it and later edit it into a podcast episode. A roundtable discussion involves members selecting an engaging topic and sharing their views on it. They are not only interesting but a great way for members to get to know each other better.
Come join UP House and check out Radio UP if you are interested in: expressing yourself; contributing your skills; or learning new skills in interviewing, moderating discussions, computer audio editing and project management.
Helping the Museum of Fine Arts and Urban Pardes prepare for and run this spectacular event is an exciting and busy time for members and staff.
This workshop gives members an opportunity to improve their French or English comprehension and conversational skills.
Danielle, a proficiently bilingual and kind member, initiated and instructs this workshop. Participating members spend half the time conversing in French and the other half conversing in English.
Once a member, if you want to improve your French or English comprehension and speaking skills come join this studious yet enjoyably social group.
Publishing content on a website or Facebook is both fun and easier than ever these days.
Members working on the websites and social media project optimize, update and post new content on UP House’s and Urban Parde’s (UP House’s parent charity) websites and Facebook pages.
This project chose WordPress, a user-friendly platform, for its websites in order to make it as easy as possible for members to learn how to add new content to them and manage them. Facebook is likewise user-friendly to operate.
In this workshop members use photography to capture and appreciate the artistry in their visual surrounding. Different areas of Montreal are explored to spark creative photographic ideas.
A long-standing UP House volunteer facilitates this workshop teaching members the artistry of and technical skills needed for digital photography: how to operate a digital camera, upload images to a computer and edit them to obtain the desired effect.
Print and digital displays are made from members’ finalized images so they can exhibit them, describe what inspired their photos and their creative process.
In 2016 and 2017 she led UP House members in choreographed flash-mob dances at the Walk for Mental Illness in downtown Montreal. The crowd loved it and in both years UP House got all of Philip’s Square dancing. See the video of it (top left).
Please check UP House’s full calendar for schedule changes or cancellations.
Join Suzanne, a most friendly UP House member and our resident fitness pro, for 30 minutes of chair yoga.
She’ll guide you through gentle stretching and focused breathing techniques while teaching you about Yoga as a physical, mental, and spiritual practice. As well, Suzanne will tailor your individual practice, instructing you in modified techniques, to ensure it is both safe and comfortable for you.
Yoga is known to reduce stress and is great for the body as well!
In this social and relaxing workshop members knit and crochet beautiful hats, gloves, scarves and headbands (ear warmers). The bulk of what it makes is donated to the Welcome Hall Mission to help Montrealers in need.
Experienced members teach the beginners basic knitting and crocheting stitches and inspire them with creative ideas for colourful wears.
During this worksop members wind down, chitchat, listen to music and immerse themselves in an artistic process — while making items helpful to others.
The Knitting and Crocheting Workshop runs every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Tai Chi is a centuries old Chinese martial art that involves slow, rhythmic, meditative movements designed to help people find peace and calm. The ultimate purpose of Tai Chi is to cultivate the “qi” or life energy within us to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body.
Come join Kim, a most friendly volunteer and certified Tai Chi instructor, every Monday from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. for her superb Tai Chi class. Please check UP House’s full calendar for schedule changes or cancellations.
Tai has been shown to improve balance control, fitness and flexibility.1 It appears to be associated with improvements in psychological well-being — reducing stress and anxiety.2 As well, it is safe for most people to practice as it is a gentle slow workout easy on the muscles and joints. ✓