Safer, Healthier Communities for All

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Our programs

Who We Are

For over 30 years Turning Point Society (formerly the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society) has continued to respond to the multidimensional health concerns/needs of our community through 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 behaviours such as drug use.

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

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.