support. education.

For over 30 years Turning Point Society (formerly the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society) has been responding to the health needs of communities using a harm reduction approach. Simply put harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of risk taking behaviors such as drug use.

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what we do…

Embracing complex needs and offering confidential, individualized information and/or supplies for safer substance use, safer sex, and reproductive health is where our programs coalesce to meet people where they are at with acceptance, compassion, respect, collaboration and empowerment.

We also provide a variety of workshops and community information sessions. Please contact us if you are interested arranging or attending any of our upcoming workshops by calling the office at:

(403) 346-8858

a welcoming space…

Turning Point works to create a welcoming environment and the beginning of trusting relationships with potential service users by inviting people to drop by; offering space to relax and read the newspaper, enjoy a cup of coffee and receive messages and mail, to name a few. Some visitors to Turning Point access services, while others are aware of programs but do not identify as in need of support.

The Turning Point office has a non-judgmental, open, helpful atmosphere where community members know that our staff are open and flexible to provide extra support, such as filling out applications or problem-solving. Word of mouth is often the best advertising for Turning Point programs, especially for the Harm Reduction Programming. Turning Point assures privacy and confidentiality in all of our programs including people living with HIV who contact the Health Promotion Program for services.

our funders

Alberta Community Council on HIV logo
United Way Central Alberta logo
Government of Alberta logo
Alberta Health Services logo

The Canada Revenue Agency maintains a searchable list of Canadian charities called the List of Charities.

You can look Turning Point or another charity up here


“ #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19”
To donate to Turning Point, please follow the link in our bio or head over to our Facebook page! #givingtuesdaynow #charity #notforprofit #harmreduction #centralalberta #reddeerab

Big thank you to @unitedway_ca for the donation of masks last week and to @novachemicals for making our day sweeter with @babycakescupcakeryrd we appreciate your donations and thinking about us during this time.
Hope everyone’s healthy and well.

Our #nightreach team is still walking about in downtown Red Deer providing outreach services to our most vulnerable.
NightReach provides snacks, clothing, harm reduction supplies (including safer sex supplies), support, and referrals. Our team is dedicated and passionate about what they do and we are are so fortunate to be able to offer this service in our community.

A big thank you to all of the front-line staff out there on a daily continuing to help people. We see you. We appreciate you.

Many may not understand the need for PPE as it relates to overdose response but it is a real necessity. In fact, various PPE is really a necessity for a lot of the work we do including first aid, outreach and all such things. Without it we would not be able to operate. It is with gratitude that we received a donation from Cloverdale Paint today that includes N95 masks and Tychem coveralls so we can continue to keep staff and clients safe...and alive. Thank you!
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