Body Positive House in Auckland
operates as drop-in centre which is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and available to any Body Positive member to pop in and have a tea or coffee, use the internet, relax in the lounge, use the telephone, have a nap, use a clean bathroom or chat with other members and staff. Many members use the drop-in centre on their way to or from hospital check-ups and find it's great to have a rest space to go to and chat about upcoming tests or results.
The drop-in centre encourages members to visit on a regular basis and also this also helps Body Positive to maintain a volunteer base. Volunteers often assist in activities such as the reception desk, condom packing (making up LYC packs) and red ribbon making (to help at fundraising or awareness-raising events).
Body Positive staff have also found that the members who use the drop-in centre are then more likely to access other services offered by Body Positive, so in this sense the drop-in centre also acts as an ice-breaker that can make members feel comfortable enough with the organisation to seek out further help when necessary.