Drug Checking is a low barrier, harm reduction service that allows service users to anonymously submit their drug samples to be analyzed. Service users will receive fact-based information based on the sample given from a trained drug checking technician.
The service at 437 Wesley Street is now operating:
Thursdays from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Fridays from 11:30am to 3:30pm
New drop off option: Anyone can come to 437 Wesley St at any time and drop off substance samples.
Tests will be processed on Thursdays and Fridays, and results will be available Fridays. Service users can opt to pick up their results or receive them via email or text message.
The Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy is looking for a temporary part time worker to assist in warming centre operations.
If interested, please contact Chantale Roelens at firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE YOUR SAY
Haven Society is hosting two community consultation sessions this month on Canada’s National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. The feedback will provide input to the Department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) through YWCA Canada.
Two sessions will be held on Zoom on Thursday, February 25.
Nanaimo’s first rent bank opened this January via funding by the City of Nanaimo, Rent Bank BC, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.
Run by the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society, it offers interest-free loans, combined with compassionate repayment plans that seek to keep people housed and financially stable.
Read more in this interview with co-executive director of the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society, John McCormick
Proposed rendering of 285 Prideaux
Community Profile: Haven Society
At the core of Haven Societyis a simple belief: “We believe all people are entitled to live a violence-free life.”
Those are the words of Dawn Clark who works at Haven Society – an organization that provides escape and support for those affected by family violence and other types of violence, as well as a variety of other services.
BC Housing has recently submitted Development Permit Applications for two supportive housing locations: 285 Prideaux Street (Community Services Building) and 702 Nicol Street. Both sites were previously identified as BC Housing and City of Nanaimo MOU projects.
Struggling with your gender identity/expression? Gender Journeys support group is an all-inclusive community-based support group for individuals who identify at various points along the gender spectrum (e.g. transgender, gender-queer, gender nonconforming).
AVI's Peer Health Training is designed to equip people who are doing peer support and education in their communities with additional knowledge about harm reduction and to connect with a network of peer supporters. A "peer" is considered to be anyone who offers specialized support for someone with a shared lived experience