Basic Needs

In 2023, the Women’s Centre provided direct assistance with basic needs 26,739 times.

Below is a list of free services we offer to women.

We also provide information and a wide variety of referrals to social service agencies in the city.

Peer Support

Peer support is trust-based, support from trained volunteers that women provide to each other.

Our peer support is:

  • non-judgmental
  • non-therapeutic
  • delivered on a one-to-one basis

Peer support is available to women who need:

  • basic needs support
  • information about community resources
  • direction based on a question or concern
  • someone to listen
  • access to feminine hygiene products, incontinence products, and diapers

Women can connect with one of our peer support volunteers by calling (403) 264-1155 or stopping by the Centre for a visit. Hours and contact info here

Shop Days

For Shop Days, you can book a 20-minute appointment where you can shop for (FREE) available personal care items like:

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash
  • toothpaste
  • makeup, and more

To register for Shop Days, sign up online, chat with a volunteer at Peer Support, or call us at (403) 264-1155. If there is an error message when you click the link above, please try reloading the page or switching browsers.

Community Drop-in Space

The Women’s Centre is a safe place for women to walk in*, connect with other women and build community. Our space offers:

  • a sitting area
  • free coffee and snacks
  • an events board with information about the Women’s Centre and community events
  • a community bookshelf

*Dependent on current drop-in hours (Monday to Thursday, 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. and Friday (9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.)

Computers & Equipment

Women have free access to:

  • computers with Internet
  • a photocopier
  • a fax machine
  • telephones

We also take telephone messages for women and offer free computer workshops, or support.

Birthday Program

With their child’s I.D., mothers or primary caregivers can come in two weeks before or after their child’s birthday to choose a gift from our Birthday Program.

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