ALLY Health Clinic
The Ally Centre of Cape Breton now has a primary health care clinic for people from vulnerable populations. This includes people living with stigmatized illnesses such as HIV, HCV, mental health and addiction, homeless people, people in trouble with the law, women escaping domestic violence, sex trade workers and people from the LGBTQ community; we embrace both youth and adults in all the aforementioned situations.
The reason we are hosting the clinic is because folks in such situations tend not to seek healthcare because they fear being stigmatized or because their life style is often a barrier. We aim to reduce these barriers by providing primary health care services in a known non-judgemental and caring environment.
The ALLY Health Clinic operates each Thursday morning from 9:00 to 12:00. For an appointment please call Jo-Anne or Christine at 902-567-1766.
The Sharp Advice Needle Exchange (SANE) is one of the many programs offered. The goal is to prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases by providing safe injection equipment and sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles. Along with the available Anonymous Testing and various education programs, we hope to offer more than an ounce of prevention.
ACCB offers a range of public education to schools, workplaces, community organizations and healthcare providers. We are currently offering the workshops on topics such as AIDS 101, Anti-Homophobia, Anti-Transphobia, Hepatitis C 101, Intro to Harm Reduction and Queer Health. We now provide Naloxone training and kits.
The ACCB works toward influencing public policy and government spending to assist its clients and community. They also work to help provide accurate research data, which can then be used to assist in policy decisions. Improving the overall health and well-being of its clients is the goal.
It can be difficult facing discrimination because of your sexual orientation, coping with addiction or living with Hep C or HIV. But the Ally Centre of Cape Breton works to provide support, in the form of supportive counselling, housing support, or just being there when needed. Services offered include a client food bank, LGBT resource centre, support groups, health care, a drop-in centre and more.