AVI's 'Victoria' office is located on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations.
PHONE 250-384-2366 FAX 250-380-9411
TOLL FREE / INFOLINE 1-800-665-2437
EMAIL info at avi dot org
OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-3pm. The office is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19, but phones are answered and supplies are dispensed at the front door between 10:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday
MAILING ADDRESS 3rd Floor - Access Health Centre 713 Johnson St, Victoria BC V8W 1M8
HARM REDUCTION SUPPLIES Call 250-384-2366 for more info about supplies. Harm reduction supply distro from 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday at 713 Johnson St.
VICTORIA MOBILE HARM REDUCTION SERVICES (harm reduction supply delivery)
12-4pm Wed-Fri [250-896-AVIX (2849)]. *Victoria area only
HARM REDUCTION RESPONSE TEAM:
Low-barrier outreach services support people in the community to access harm reduction and psycho-social supports, including:
- Access to hygiene, safer sex, drug use, pet food/products, and survival supplies
- Van and foot outreach
- Development of overdose prevention and response systems in housing, shelter and community settings
- Community BBQs
- Food distribution
- Naloxone trainings
- Educational seminars with relevant resources (drug checking, safer drug and sex advocates, etc.)
- Harm Reduction Art Group
- Grief and Loss Support/Groups
- Referral and support to access healthcare, housing and community resources
- Low-barrier support to maintain connection with health, housing and other community resources
Response Workers: 250-883-9022 or 250-883-9023
Systems Navigator: 250-889-5203
INFOLINE 1-800-665-2437 Learn more about HIV & HCV safer sex, HIV testing or transmission, STDs and harm reduction. Find services for you or someone you know. All confidential calls taken by trained staff and volunteers.
- Presentations for populations with greater exposure to HIV and HVC in prisons, social service organizations, and other community organizations are available by request.
- Educational materials promoting improved health, safer drug use, safer sex and more are available to the public at all AVI offices and online.
- Volunteer Services provides an opportunity to give back to your community while developing invaluable training and work experience
Services for people living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C
- Short-term counseling focused on immediate needs and outcomes
- Advocacy and support with income assistance, health care services, employment, housing, disability status applications and legal matters
- Non-judgmental education and support for treatment, side effects, nutrition and symptoms
- HIV+, member-only program and space for peers to interact while enjoying refreshments and a hot, nutritious lunch. Open to folks who are HepC+ on Tuesdays.
- Weekly drop-in medical clinic
- Public transportation ticket access
- Referrals to other services
Supports for Gay, Bi and Trans Identified Men
- GROUP SUPPORT: The Men’s Wellness Program at AVI offers a safe environment for individuals to talk about being actively involved with other men, and how that impacts on their sexual, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing.
- OUTREACH: Men’s Wellness Program provides free access to safer sex supplies (Assorted condoms and lube) at Paparazzi Night Club @ 642 Johnson St. They also deliver safer sex supplies to local cruising areas, other groups, events, schools and individuals.
- WORKSHOPS: Men’s Wellness Program runs several different workshops throughout the year. To learn more visit their page at http://avi.org/mens-wellness
Harm reduction services for people who use drugs
- Mobile Van (deliveries & used syringe pick-up from Sidney to Sooke); Wed-Fri noon - 4pm
- Case management support (713 Outreach Team partnership with Island Health)
- Harm reduction supplies and support (peer support, counselling, referrals)
- Overdose prevention and response training, including take-home naloxone
- Education for safer drug use and safer sex
- Street Nurse clinics
- Referral and assistance navigating social and health care systems
- Outreach education for youth and people who are incarcerated
- Educational and leadership development programming (Street College)
Services for youth
- Queer Sex Ed workshops Click here for detailed info
- Youth Harm Reduction Training Series, January-March
- Queer Youth Training Series, October-December
- Access to one-on-one support and education with Youth Outreach Educator
- Referral and assistance navigating social and health care system
- Workshops provided to schools, community groups, and youth agencies on any of the following topics:
HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Safer Partying, Sexual Health, Safer Tattooing and Piercing, and Overdose Prevention and Response