The Positive Living Centre will open its doors to the public this weekend to introduce newcomers to its range of services.
From counselling and naturopathy to just plain socialising events, the Positive Living Centre is a safe space that aims to provide for a range of people’s needs -” from long-term guidance to quick drop-in assistance.
The PLC has changed over the number of years it has been running. In the past it was run on a kind of welfare model but that is changing now, so people can be empowered to re-engage with everyday living, ACON’s manager of positive services and HIV health promotions Ian Walker said.
The PLC has changed to reflect the nature of the pandemic in a sense. Now that people are living well and longer, people’s needs have changed. Traditionally the PLC was a place where people went when they were unwell and it was a place of safety and companionship.
He added that the social element remains important for the centre, which runs weekly breakfast get-togethers for people to meet and learn healthy cooking techniques.
People can use the space as a bit of a pit stop now. People can come in and use the services as they need and then maybe not come back for another six months, or maybe not at all -” and that’s a good thing.
The PLC is open to anyone with HIV. Anyone looking to access their services or to get involved with their structured volunteer program is encouraged to call the centre or simply drop in to speak to a coordinator.
info: The Positive Living Centre is at 703 Bourke St, Surry Hills. For more information
email: email@example.com or
phone: 9699 8756.