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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
~C.S. Lewis

Support Programs

A wide variety of women access our support services, 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 grocery programs, and others only attend weekend retreats. Let us know what would be helpful to you.

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.

 

Weekend Retreats

“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

Weekend retreats are a wonderful opportunity for women living with HIV from across BC 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.

Nervous about going for the first time? Don’t be. Retreats are magic.

Lunch Program

Our lunch program runs every Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. Lunches are free for PWN members and their children. Feel free to drop by!

Drop-in Centre

Drop-in hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 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.

Grocery

The grocery 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.

Referrals and Workshops

PWN staff provide a wide range of information on HIV-related subjects and a wide range of community and medical service-related referrals. We also hold educational workshops for members on topics such as diabetes and menopause.

Aboriginal-Specific Activities

We know it’s important for Aboriginal women to be able to connect in culturally comfortable ways. We offer Aboriginal women’s retreats and day programming that include going to sweat lodges, mother’s groups, sharing circles, and ceremonies. We can also offer relevant information and referrals to Aboriginal members.