Mobile X Outreach Van
Mobile X mobile needle exchange offers clean equipment like needles, water, cookers and sterile wipes. We also provide vitamin supplements and other personal items when available. We work with outreach workers from other agencies as well as the street nursing program and nurses from the Cool-Aid Community Health Centre. The Mobile X will respond to call on our cell phone to reach people in both the downtown core and outlying areas. This project is funded by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Volunteers provide rides to medical appointments, shopping, banking and social activities. The Drivers' Program is useful for people who have mobility issues or several errands to run in a short period of time.
Volunteers provide help with light cooking and housecleaning for people living with HIV and/or their caregivers. Home Help allows people to save their energy and maintain a clean home.
Referrals & Advocacy
VARCS staff will provide referrals to community programs and services and will seek out information for people who request it. If we don't do it we'll find out who does! VARCS staff will provide advocacy to ensure that people living with HIV are able to access the services and programs that meet their needs.
Respite is provided to relieve stress for caregivers (partners/spouses and family) who are providing care and need a break. Respite is available in the member's home, for the caregiver who needs a break to go to work, shopping or other activities.
Illness Prevention & Health Promotion
VARCS, in cooperation with AIDS Vancouver Island and the Outreach Services Clinic provides male and female condoms and lube in our office for local youth and residents. We also provide information for people with HIV on how to maintain good health and nutrition.
VARCS provides education to Continuing Care Assistants at Camosun College and the University of Victoria Nursing Program.