We support an active and engaged network of women living with HIV and hepatitis C and women who are vulnerable to these diseases. As part of this support we address the social conditions that impact the health of women living with or vulnerable to HIV and HCV. A wide variety of women access these services (some services are for women living with HIV only), and we use their input to guide us. We are trans-inclusive and child-friendly. Some women drop in every week, others for the lunch or food bank programs, and others only attend our annual weekend retreats. Let us know what would be helpful to you.
For more information go to our Accessing Services page where you will find our membership form. If you’re outside the Lower Mainland, we can connect on the phone (call us toll-free at 1.866.692.3001) or via email. If you want to find out about our ongoing and special events, check the monthly calendar.
Nutrition and Necessities
Our Lunch and Learn Program, both in person and via videoconferencing, runs every Tuesday. Lunches are free for PWN members and their children. Feel free to drop by!
The Food bank is run in partnership with AIDS Vancouver. Regular grocery clients of AIDS Vancouver who are also PWN members can pick up groceries from us. Contact us if you’d like to pick up your food at PWN.
One to One Advocacy
We provide in-person, e-mail, virtual and over the phone support as well as support through outreach visits to homes, hospitals, prisons and community organizations for all women.
Peer to Peer Support Groups
We know it is important to connect with women who share your lived experience. We provide both face-to-face and video conferencing opportunities, online media platform and teleconference.
Many of our members are Indigenous, Migrant and South Asian women. We know it’s important for women to be able to connect in culturally comfortable ways. We offer retreats and day programming with various cultural elements that are appropriate to each group.
“I absolutely love coming to retreats. It is something I look forward to as a positive woman living in BC.” – woman who attended a retreat on Bowen Island
Our annual weekend retreat is a wonderful opportunity for women living with HIV and hepatitis C from across British Columbia to come together for peer support, fun, relaxation and information. All costs are covered by PWN, including travel expenses. For more information about what happens at a retreat, visit the Weekend Wellness Retreat page.
Indigenous Women’s Support Program
Our most recent program, the Indigenous Women’s Support Program provides a sacred place where Indigenous women can hear Aboriginal elders and mentors, including women with lived experience, teach us about various aspects of our culture and where you can connect with others to build healthy relationships. We host weekly Kitchen Table Meetings where participants learn how to incorporate more cultural practices into their daily lives. We also host 12 Knowledge Gatherings per year (knowledge on cultural practices and prevention health methods) as well as peer-led monthly support groups for those who identify as Indigenous or Aboriginal women living with HIV. These support groups are facilitated in partnership with Oak Tree Clinic.
Please contact Judy Mitchell, the Indigenous Program Support Worker, to take part in this culturally relevant program.
Linking Women to Opportunities
We will link you to various opportunities to participate in PWN activities and to other volunteer/leadership activities in the province. Please contact us if you are interested.
We provide referrals to medical, housing and other support services. If you are in need of any of these supports, please let us know.
Drop-in hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The drop-in is comfortable and confidential. Come in to meet other women or use the free phone and computer. Check our monthly calendar for special events and for the days we are closed.