COVID-19 Survey Report: A Needs and Risk Assessment based on input from Sex Workers in Metro Vancouver

In late March, The Metro Vancouver Consortium identified a need to gather perspectives from Sex Workers in Vancouver, on the ways in which their lives are being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

 A survey was circulated to individuals who access our services, the results of which have been captured in the following report: COVID-19 Needs and Risk Assessment of Sex Workers in Metro Vancouver.

We are grateful to all of the Sex Workers who gave their time and energy to make their voices heard here; it is our intention that this report inform COVID-19 emergency response policies, in a manner that meets your needs during this challenging time. We are working hard to push for your inclusion at every level possible.

In solidarity, and with determination,

The Metro Vancouver Consortium  

 

Beading workshop with Mary and Reba | For All Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020 | 12:30PM – 3:30PM | FREE EVENT

Mary and Reba are facilitating a Red Dress Beading workshop. Learn to bead your own necklace. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Candace at 604-697-5662 or email candaceafds@gmail.com. Aboriginal Front Door Society is located at 384 Main Street at the corner of Main and Hasting in Vancouver.

Cedar rose workshop | For All Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019 | 12:30PM – 3:00PM | FREE EVENT

Mary and Reba are facilitating a workshop on how to make cedar roses. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Candace at 604-697-5662 or email candaceafds@gmail.com. Aboriginal Front Door Society is located at 384 Main Street at the corner of Main and Hasting in Vancouver.

QuitNow Smoking Cessation Workshops | For Male-identified Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, THREE-PART SERIES | 7PM – 7:45PM | FREE EVENT

November 6

November 13

December 4

QuitNow with the BC Lung Association is joining Transitions at The Corner to present on the benefits of quitting, myths and facts of smoking cessation, nicotine replacement therapy, and carbon monoxide testing. Participants will have an opportunity to speak with a professional about beginning the cessation process and get connected with low or no cost resources. For more information, call HIM at 604-488-1001 ext 232 or email marlena@checkhimout.ca.

Safer Housing for Sex Workers | For All Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019 | 12:30PM – 4:00PM | FREE EVENT

The Metro Vancouver Consortium and the Transitions team are seeking 20 people with sex work experience to a community forum to provide input about current housing policies and barriers to safer housing for sex workers. All genders and cultures are encouraged to register. A $30 honorarium and lunch will be provided for participation. For more information or to register, call Marlena at 604-369-9704 or email marlena@checkhimout.ca. The forum will be held at nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, 730 East Hastings Street in Vancouver.

Sharing Circle for Sex Workers | For All Sex Workers

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 | 12:30PM – 3:30PM | FREE EVENT

The Metro Vancouver Consortium and the Transitions team is hosting a Sharing Circle for Sex Workers – Let’s Talk Stigma in collaboration with the Metro Vancouver Indigenous Services Society (MVISS) and the Saa-ust Centre. The theme of this Sharing Circle is stigma! Sex Workers of all cultures and genders are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Nicole at 236-863-2220 or email wishtransitions@wishdropincentre.org. The Sharing Circle will be held at the Saa-ust Centre, 44 East Cordova Street in Vancouver.

Healing Circle for Sex Workers | For All Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019 | 12:30PM – 3:30PM | FREE EVENT

The Metro Vancouver Consortium and the Transitions team is hosting its second Healing Circle for Sex Workers in collaboration with the Metro Vancouver Indigenous Services Society (MVISS) and the Saa-ust Centre. Sex Workers of all cultures and genders are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Kit (Monday through Thursday, 9:00-5:00pm) at 604-880-5914 or email kit@pace-society.org. The Healing Circle will be held at the Saa-ust Centre, 44 East Cordova Street in Vancouver.

Healing Circle for Sex Workers | For All Sex Workers

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019 | 12:30PM – 3:30PM | FREE EVENT

The Metro Vancouver Consortium and the Transitions team is hosting a Healing Circle for Sex Workers in collaboration with the Metro Vancouver Indigenous Services Society (MVISS) and the Saa-ust Centre. Sex Workers of all genders are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Candace Parnell at 604-697-5662 or email Transitions@aboriginalfrontdoor.com. The Healing Circle will be held at the Saa-ust Centre, 44 East Cordova Street in Vancouver.

Beading workshop with Candace Parnell | For All Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 | 12:30PM – 3:00PM | FREE EVENT

Candace Parnell is facilitating a Beading workshop. Learn to bead your own necklace. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Candace at 604-697-5662 or email candaceafds@gmail.com. Aboriginal Front Door Society is located at 384 Main Street at the corner of Main and Hasting in Vancouver.