Silvia is a woman living with HIV and advocate for the human rights of people living with HIV. She was diagnosed in 1997 and since 2005 she has been openly living with HIV, because she believes it is a powerful tool to challenge the stigma and prejudices directed towards people living with HIV. Silvia has been involved with Positively UK since 1999, firstly as a service user and a volunteer, and has been a staff member for over 16 years. She is now leading the organization as Deputy CEO and manages the policy and involvement project, the youth project, and the women’s project. Silvia was the first woman to chair the UK Community Advisory Board, the national network of treatment advocates, and from 2009 to 2013 she was Community Representative on the board of the British HIV Association. Silvia represented the Global Network of People Living with HIV at the United Nation High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2011 by giving a keynote speech.
Garry joined Positively UK in 2015 to co-ordinate the delivery of Project 100 peer support within clinics and organisations in London. He has been living with HIV for 26 years and his involvement in HIV peer support started when he co-founded the Bloomsbury Patients Network in 1999. He went on to become the clinic’s first paid Patient Representative. He has also run an HIV exercise referral programme and worked as an HIV Health Trainer. Before joining Positively UK he worked on setting up the My HIV website and its Community Forums discussion boards, managing the Online Peer Support Volunteer team. Garry is also heavily involved in HIV community representation on a regional and national level, via the London HIV Clinical Advisory Group, BHIVA Committees and as Chair of the UK CAB.
Statutory Contracts Team Manager
Beatrice joined Positively UK in 1995 first, as a service user, then a volunteer and from 2005 worked as a case worker coordinating HIV and Immigration project, before joining the case work team in 2007. From 2009 Beatrice has been managing the statutory contracts, as well as delivers outreach services in clinics and facilitates the various support groups within the organisation. Beatrice’s passion is to enable PLHIV to be informed and empowered to make decisions to live fullfilled lives with HIV.
Senior Peer Case Worker
Joyce joined the organisation in 1997, first as a volunteer, supporting the administration team. She later joined the Case Worker team in 2003 as Sessional Worker, co-ordinating HIV services in South London. Now Joyce is the organisations project lead co-ordinator in the borough of Brent. She also does outreach in different clinics; working alongside health professionals in other boroughs. Her role involves advocacy and equipping service users with knowledge, skill and confidence to make informed choices on how to manage their own health.
Manager Project 100
Sarah joined positively UK as a volunteer coordinator in 1997 after 7 years experience of volunteering at The Landmark HIV centre in South London. At that time all peer support at Positively UK was provided by paid staff. The main focus of her work with Positively UK has always been with volunteers and in particular developing the role of volunteers in peer support. In 2012 she managed the pilot HIV peer mentoring project and pregnancy peer mentoring and now manages the national roll out of Project 100. Her interest is in the role that volunteering has in people reaching their full potential.
Gay Men Project Coordinator
Chris is our recent addition having joined the team as the Gay Project Coordinator here at Positively UK. Chris has been involved in HIV campaigning and activism for many years through various different charitable organisations, so you’ve probably seen his face around. Before joining Positively UK, Chris worked as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Sports Injury Therapist where he has worked with anxiety, depression and a range of phobias as well as coaching and development. “I believe in the importance of supporting people with HIV and addressing the stigma that still exists, so I’m excited about empowering people in becoming stronger”.
Project 100 Training Co-ordinator
James has joined the organisation in June 2016. He has come from a varied background in care, rehabilitation and Psychology. James has taken the role of Training Co-ordinator as part of Project 100; he has experience in group facilitation, and one-to-one work.
Women’s Support Worker
Helen joined Positively UK in October 2016. She was previously with the Positive Balance debt advice team at Lighthouse South London. She has been facilitating STR8TALK for 7 years and is trained to deliver the expert patient programme. Helen is accredited with a level 3 in Information, Advice and guidance. She has also trained with Advice UK.
Women’s Support Worker
Diana has recently joined the team as a Women’s Project Coordinator starting in December 2016. Her experience working with people living with HIV dates back to 2001 first as a volunteer and subsequently development worker with The Cara Trust, later as member of the Board of Cara Trust. More recently she was employed at Cara as the Kids Project worker. Diana is a qualified Social Worker with experience working in safeguarding within the statutory sector, as well as supporting adults with learning disabilities. Diana also brings her experience as a Health and Social Care tutor and assessor in dignity and safeguarding in adult health and social care as well as prior knowledge and skills in community development in Uganda. Diana’s passion is helping people make the most of their lives by working to ensure that they are empowered to do whatever they need to do to make their lives better. She brings all of her knowledge, skills, and life experiences to bear on the work she will be doing with women here at Positively UK.
Peer Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator
David joined Positively UK in October 2017 as part of the Youth Project and is now the Peer Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator. David was diagnosed in 2014 and lives openly with HIV as a way to challenge stigma and present a different narrative of living with the condition. He is a committed activist and a founding member of ACT UP Bristol. He is also a steering group member of UK Community Advisory Board, a UK-wide network of treatment advocates. David has volunteered extensively with the Brigstowe Project in Bristol in the past. More recently, he has volunteered with CHIVA at their annual summer camp as a keyworker, and at the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam, July 2018.
Welfare Rights Worker
Tomasz joined Positively UK in 2011 as a volunteer and in 2012 started working as a case worker. From 2014 Tomasz has been leading Welfare Advice project.
Data and IT Support Officer
Darren joined Positively UK on a freelance basis in April 2014. He is passionate about supporting charities to use technology as effectively as possible and works with a number of other organisations. He looks after the service user database and other aspects of IT, and is working to make sure that Positively UK can fully harness all the possibilities of cloud computing. In his spare time he studies social sciences at the Open University.
Youth Support Worker
Isaac is our Youth Support Worker. His role is comprised of working in clinics providing peer support for young people transitioning into adolescence and adult services. He also provides mentoring for young people and coordinate events and workshops for them. His mission is to help ensure the total well being of young people living with HIV, so that they can survive and thrive in life in their own unique ways.