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We’re Recruiting a New Office Manager

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Positively UK are recruiting a new Office Manager to support the smooth functioning and running of the organisation and our services for people living with HIV

 

SALARY £28-30,000 (depending on experience)

HOURS 35 (5 days) per week

Office Manager:

As a key member of the team at Positively UK you will play a pivotal role in our provision of quality and effective support for people living with HIV by leading a small team to ensure the smooth running of the organisation’s administration, finance and operations functions. You will be responsible for financial administration including petty cash, maintaining our building at 345 City Road, agreeing and managing contracts, HR and project administration. You will be supported by the Receptionist/Administrator and a small team of volunteers.

Positively UK:

We are the leading provider of peer support for people living with HIV, providing support to over 1,400 people living with HIV every year with specific projects for women, gay men and young people. Through our national capacity building programme, Project 100 we work with NGOs, clinics and patient’s groups across the UK, supporting a network of over 300 trained volunteer peer mentors. We are committed the greater involvement of people living with HIV and host the biennial conference of people living with HIV, scheduled for October this year. 2017 marks the charity’s 30th Anniversary.

Benefits of the Role:

Excellent training opportunities and a personalised development plan. Opportunities to be involved in a wide range of work including event management. Generous annual leave allowance.

Successful candidates will:

  • Be a self-starter, able to work as part of a team and under own supervision
  • Have experience of finance and operations
  • Have a commitment to equality of opportunity and high quality service provision for people living with HIV

For an informal conversation about the roles contact:

Allan Anderson or Sarah Fraser
on 020 7713 0444

For an application pack contact:

Miguel on: 020 7713 0444,
email: miguel@positivelyuk.org

Final date for applications: Monday 14 August 2017

Interviews will be held later that week

HIV Manifesto 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

#HIVmanifesto

Join us in challenging local candidates to pledge their support for people living with and affected by HIV. The general election is a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of HIV; please add your voice to our campaign.

We have come a long way since the 1980s. While stigma and discrimination remain, HIV is now a long term condition and individuals are living with HIV into old age. HIV affects individuals of all ages with 95% of people living with HIV of working age. HIV treatment in the UK is excellent, but not everyone living with HIV is doing well. The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year remains high and far too many people are diagnosed late. Services which help people living with HIV manage their condition are facing continued funding cuts.

We have come so far. We cannot stop now.

We are calling on the next Government to:

  1. Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV
  2. Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities*
  3. Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system by increasing investment in public health services*
  4. Equip schools with the resources they need to ensure that high-quality, age-appropriate, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)-inclusive sex and relationships education is taught to all young people in all schools*
  5. Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the UK*
  6. Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in or out of work
  7. Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a population ageing with HIV*

*The general election is electing MPs to the House of Commons, from across the UK. The House of Commons legislates for health and social care, and education, in England only. The devolved Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland legislate in these areas.

Take action now

It’s time to pile on the pressure; will your local candidates stand with people affected by HIV?

There are some easy ways you can help put HIV on the agenda in this election.

  1. Click here to write to your local candidates, asking them to support our manifesto
  2. You can Tweet the manifesto to spread the word about our demands – use the hashtag #HIVmanifesto. You can also take a photo of yourself holding our HIV pledge board.
  3. Take it offline: meet with your candidates face-to-face to discuss the points in the manifesto. Go to any local hustings events to do the same. Ask questions to see how committed they are to the HIV manifesto. Take a look at this toolkit with details and tips on what questions to ask.

Don’t forget to let us know how your local candidates responded. Email HIVactivist.org.uk@nat.org.uk

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The iconic UK AIDS Quilt in memory of lives lost is going on display for first time in 20 years

For the first time in 20 years, the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display to the public at St Paul’s Cathedral, and then at community venues across London, to commemorate the lives of those lost to the AIDS epidemic.

Positively UK is proud to be part of the coalition of charities that have worked to display this irreplaceable piece of international social history.

UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

Hundreds of individuals made quilt panels in memory of loved ones who had died from AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s, inspired by a global project that started in America.

The UK quilt panels will be on display at the Cathedral on 23 November, ahead of the AIDS Quilt Trail which takes place across London on the weekend of 3 and 4 December, where people can see the quilts for free at a range of community venues.

Alongside George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Positive East, The Food Chain, and Sahir House, with support from Elton John AIDS Foundation and Gilead, we hope the exhibitions will help remember those lost, raise awareness of HIV to younger generations and help find a permanent home for the UK quilt to ensure its preservation.

The Quilts, on display to coincide with World AIDS Day, reminds us how far the UK has come in the fight against HIV.

HIV no longer stops those living with the virus leading long and healthy lives – but there is still much to be done to tackle stigma, stop transmission and diagnose the 1 in 6 who are unaware they have the virus.

To get involved on social media, use the hashtag #AIDSQuiltUK

UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

Artist Grayson Perry, who is supporting the AIDS quilt project said:

“Collectively, the quilts are part of the largest piece of community art in the world – which shows just how important they are to our social history, and how special this event is.

“Thousands of people died from AIDS here in the UK at the start of the epidemic, and displaying this quilt coming up to World AIDS Day is a way to remember them and to reflect on how far we have come since the 1980s in the fight against HIV, thanks to incredible medical advances.

“I’m delighted to support the fantastic work the coalition of charities is doing to preserve this intensely moving piece of art and encourage everyone to witness this important moment in history.”

Jay Rayner, restaurant critic, writer and broadcaster, added:

“The Aids epidemic and the appalling number of lives taken by it was all too often portrayed in the media as being about a faceless mass of unknown people.

“In truth, of course, it was an all too large patchwork of individual stories; of real people with names and lives, with loved ones and families and careers and talents never quite allowed to reach fruition. How better to represent that than through the Aids quilt, which gives individuality back to so many people who risked becoming mere statistics?

“It is both work of art and a vital social document, and I wholeheartedly give my support to the coalition of charities and it’s ceaseless work to make sure the quilt finds the home it so richly deserves.”

Proudly Undetectable and Challenging HIV Stigma

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

This year at Pride in London Positively UK will be marching under the theme of
Proudly Undetectable“.

The national HIV support charity have chosen this focus as public awareness of the modern face of HIV has failed to catch up with the rapid developments in HIV medication over recent years. “Many people are unaware of these advances, unaware of the fact that so many of us living with HIV now have levels of the virus that are so low they are considered ‘undetectable’ and that because of this we are unable to pass the virus on to others” says Jim Fielder of Positively UK. “Many of those who seek support from us after a recent diagnosis, not only feel better physically but feel so much better in themselves, mentally, when they become undetectable.

The charity believes raising awareness about undetectability and the effectiveness of modern HIV treatments has a huge role to play in reducing the fear of HIV, encouraging more people to get tested and reducing transmission rates.

Of course, there are some of us for a variety of reasons for whom it is difficult or impossible to reach an undetectable viral load. Scientists are continually working to better understand why this is the case. Positively UK will continue to challenge the fear and stigma that can affect all people living with HIV and continue to make that despite the excellent medications available, people still need support in managing HIV long-term.

Stop HIV Cuts

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Positively UK are proud to be a part of the #StopHIVCuts campaign!

Stop HIV Cuts is a national campaign which aims to convince local and national government of the importance of HIV support services, and the need to commission them effectively and fund them adequately.

We are joined by a group of HIV organisations, service providers and community groups committed to ensuring the needs of people with HIV across the UK are comprehensively met and that the best possible results are achieved for physical health, mental health and social inclusion. We all believe that it is essential that HIV support services remain in place and are properly funded.

Nowhere in the country should be without access to high quality HIV support services for those who need them. This campaign in not arguing in any local area for any particular contract or any particular provider. It is arguing for a set of services and the vitally important outcomes they have been demonstrated to achieve.

 

Public Heath England’s Positive Voices survey found that over a third of people with HIV accessed HIV support services over a 12 month period. With over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, HIV support services are needed now more than ever.

HIV support services, often provided by voluntary sector organisations, provide much needed care for people with HIV around, for example, coping with a new HIV diagnosis, stigma and disclosure, safer sex, adherence to HIV treatment, mental health, social isolation, and wider social needs. They prevent serious ill-health, onward HIV transmission and severe social care need, so saving public money in the long term. Funding HIV support services should not be at the expense of HIV prevention and HIV testing. HIV support, HIV prevention, HIV testing all need adequate funding if we are to respond effectively to this serious epidemic.

Yet 2015 saw the start of a worrying trend of local authorities across the country totally defunding HIV support services. In Oxfordshire, Bromley, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Slough, Bracknell Forest and Bexley, the local councils are set to scrap this essential provision. Other councils threaten to cut funding to the point where meaningful provision is impossible.

These funding cuts are short-sighted and ill-thought through as they will ultimately lead to extra pressures on health and social care as people with HIV fall into acute need and crisis, as well as significant costs to the NHS from an increase in onward HIV transmission.

We are calling on as many organisations and individuals as possible to get behind our campaign to Support People with HIV: Stop the Cuts.

Get Involved!

Join us in writing to your local council leader making the case for HIV support services and asking what the council’s plans are for these services.

Email your local council leader now

WISE-UP+ 2015

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Women Inspire, Support and Empower –
Unleashing Positive Potential

Have you ever felt fed up and unhappy about society’s attitude to HIV?

Would you like more respect and acceptance?

Do you want to make a difference? Then WISE-UP+ is for you

 

Women: Meet other women living with HIV and share experiences Inspire and be inspired: Learn about specific issues for women living with HIV and developing strategies to address them Support: Build a support network and learn how to find sources of support Empower: Know your rights, develop skills to be heard and influence decision making. Unleashing Positive Potential: Be yourself!

 

The workshop will include:

  • Knowing your rights
  • Confidence building
  • Nurturing support and self acceptance
  • Sexual healing –sex pleasure and relationships with HIV
  • Skills for challenging injustices and action for change
  • Creativity and poetry

 
 

To apply for a place, please complete the
Application Form

 

“I do feel different after coming to WISE-UP+ I now know how to deal with the problems we get.”

Previous WISE-UP+ attendee

 

Where: Luther King House, Manchester

When: 30th October to 1st November

To find out more contact us on:

020 7713 0444 | wiseup@positivelyuk.org

 

Application deadline: 25th September 2015

Travel, food and accommodation and some support for childcare will be provided.

Between the Sheets

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

 

Ladies… Let’s talk sex, pleasure and HIV!

Am I doing it right?

How do I negotiate safer sex with my partner?

Will sex be the same after a diagnosis?

 

Are you a woman living with HIV?

Aged 18+

Interested in learning more about sex and pleasure?

Want a complimentary MAC makeover?

 

With the help of our special guests we will have a day filled with:

  • Girl talk
  • Open discussions around sexual pleasure
  • Sex toy display
  • Sex, pregnancy and HIV
  • Creative workshops
  • Growing older with HIV
  • MAC make up demonstration

When:

Saturday 19th September

11:00am – 5:30 pm

Where:

345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR

 

For further details and to book a place, please contact:

Maureen mkiwanuka@positivelyuk.org or
Silvia spetretti@positivelyuk.org

 

 

Positively UK to challenge HIV stigma at London LGBT Pride

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

 

This Saturday, to promote awareness and show solidarity across everyone living with and affected by HIV, Positively UK will be marching at London LGBT Pride for the first time. The event will also mark the start of a new project supporting gay and bisexual men living with HIV in London.

 

Positively UK are marching at London LGBT Pride to spread awareness of HIV stigma!

 

For Jim Fielder, Positively UK’s new gay men’s support worker, this is his first Pride march and the first time he has been so public about his status since his diagnosis last year. ‘I believe it’s important to be open and to challenge some of the attitudes that still cause misery for many people living with HIV, including within the gay community’ says Jim. ‘I’ve been lucky. I had the confidence to get tested, get access to the latest medication and have a great support network around me. But this isn’t the case for everybody. In spite of the improvements in the treatment and care of HIV, a significant proportion of people living with HIV still report experiencing stigma and discrimination and this leads to poor physical and emotional health.

The aim of Positively UK’s first Pride march is to show the face of HIV in 2015 and challenge the stigma people living with it still experience. One of these people is Steve who was diagnosed with HIV in 2014. Steve accesses support at Positively UK, but like many others wants to remain anonymous and won’t be joining in on Saturday. ‘Although I would love to be part of Pride, I will not be able to due to my social background. In my culture it is hardly acceptable to be gay, let alone to be gay and HIV+. I would be extremely worried and nervous that someone would see me marching on Pride day.

We know that HIV stigma is a barrier for some people to get tested’ adds Jim ‘and as a quarter of people estimated to be living with HIV are unaware of their status, this is an ongoing problem. We may only be a small group marching on Saturday but we will be marching for all those people living in the shadows who still struggle to be more open about their HIV status and get access to the support they need.

 

Positively UK will be marching under the theme of ‘We are Positive’ and encouraging people to tweet on the day using the hashtag #wearepositive. If you would like join them on the March please contact JFielder@positivelyuk.org or call 020 7713 0444

 

An evening for People Affected by HIV

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

 
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