HIV SUPPORT

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    SUPPORT PROGRAMS

    The Gilbert Centre offers non-judgmental, compassionate and confidential support to individuals living with or affected by HIV. We provide individual and group-based programs to assist people to manage their health and successfully cope with HIV. We support people living with HIV to navigate the challenges that can arise from living with a chronic illness, to build support systems, – access resources in the community, and to make informed choices related to their health care.

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    REFERRALS

    We provide clients with information on resources in their community and help them connect with the programs and services they need. We also assist people accessing government assistance programs such as Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Trillium Drug Program, Ontario Work (OW), subsidize housing, CPP and filling out forms or applications.

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    PEER SUPPORT

    A peer mentor is someone living with HIV who has been trained to provide support to people who are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV long term and need help navigating the system and finding the resources in their community to manage effectively their health. They also provide emotional support and advocacy. Support is provided via telephone, email, or face-to-face.

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    PEER LEADER TRAINING

    Peer Leader Training is available for people living with HIV, family members, caregivers, who wish to facilitate Positive Self-Management Workshops.

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    CASE MANAGEMENT

    Through an intake, need assessment and plan development we help individuals to meet their health needs. We work with clients to help them achieve physical and psychological wellness and cope with the complex challenges they face. We advocate and provide assistance navigating the system and accessing the resources available in the community.

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    SUPPORT GROUPS

    Positive Support Group. Offers the opportunity to socialize, network and connect with other people living with HIV in a safe and confidential environment.

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    POSITIVE SELF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

    A six week workshop (2.5 hours per week) for people living with HIV and caregivers. This peer led workshop teaches participants the skills needed to manage their symptoms, improve their health and other strategies to cope with depression, disclosure and treatment adherence.

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    CENTRAL OPENING DOORS CONFERENCE

    The conference provides current information on HIV related topics and is designed to strengthen counselling skills, resources and support in the central area. Every year this conference brings together service providers, people living with HIV, caregivers, and family members from the Peel, Simcoe and York regions, to support and learn from one another. For more information, contact us at (705) 722-6778 ext. 101.