Victoria’s progressive Island Sexual Health (ISH) clinic is relocating in December to expand its clinical and educational services.
As Victoria’s only non-profit sexual health organization, ISH sees more than 20,000 client visits and 10,000 participants in community education workshops yearly.
Now, the group will be moving from their main location on Fort Street to a larger space at #101-3960 Quadra Street in mid-December.
“The demand for ISH’s comprehensive sexual health care and education has more than doubled over the past five years,” says executive director Bobbi Turner. “New clinical space will allow us to better function as the comprehensive sexual health centre we have become, and serve our clients more efficiently and comfortably.”
The ISH is a non-profit agency that has served the Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands communities since 1969. The group was formerly a part of Planned Parenthood, and became an independent society in 1986. The group’s mission is still to provide services and empower individuals to make choices that enhance their sexual wellbeing.
The expansion will require additional equipment and resources, however, and the group is asking for help from the community to raise a goal of $15,000 to purchase three new exam tables and other needed equipment.
To inspire the community, ISH has created a fundraising video campaign, at kapipal.com/islandsexualhealth, live until Dec. 31.
“Island Sexual Health understands that effective sexual health care and education should be accessible, comfortable and non-threatening,” says Turner. M