SafeLink Alberta is an organization that works to reduce the risks associated with sexual activity and substance use. We serve and advocate for priority populations in Calgary and Southern Alberta by providing education, non-judgmental service, and harm reduction programming. Since 1983, we have been committed to supporting those affected by HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.
The following support services are provided for our priority populations at our Calgary and Medicine Hat offices:
- Safer consumption supplies
- Safer sex supplies
- Naloxone kits
- Basic food and hygiene supplies
- Information and referrals
- Advocacy to address barriers to service
- Our team can be found throughout the downtown core several days a week providing harm reduction supplies and supports
- Needle debris clean up and response (Medicine Hat only)
- Comprehensive and individualized support services
- Engage clients in the development of a service plan
- Provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and education
- Coordinate a network of services on behalf of clients by bridging communication gaps between clients and service providers, attending and/or arranging case conferences, and accompanying clients to appointments as appropriate.
- Referrals and facilitation of access to treatment and recovery programs
- Peer support (individual level) for people who use substances
- Peer support (individual and group programs) for people living with HIV (Calgary only)
- Peer support (group based) for sex workers, including a group for trans sex workers (Calgary only)
- SafeLink Alberta’s 101 Education Series provides an accessible overview of the populations we serve and the work we do in the community. These training courses address best practices, emerging trends, and lessons we’ve learned through our almost 40 years of community service.
SafeLink Alberta has both the internal capacity to deliver services in French if a client or community member requests, as well as the ability to access external translation services to assist with communication as required.
SafeLink Alberta will support translation services to members of Indigenous and African, Caribbean, and Black communities as needed, as these are key demographics within our direct client services.