Living with and managing HIV can be challenging for many people. Whether it’s coming to terms with a new diagnosis, starting or changing treatment, managing relationships or talking about HIV. Peer support has been proven to be an effective way of enabling people with HIV to live well and manage their HIV.
Project 100 is an exciting and ambitious programme that aims to provide all people living with HIV access to peer support wherever they live in the UK.
We will achieve this by training and supporting 1,000 people living with HIV to become qualified volunteer peer mentors. Volunteers will receive a recognised vocational qualification in mentoring (via the Open College Network).
We will work in partnership with patient groups, HIV clinics and charities to deliver the project across the UK, providing training and advice to organisations and groups to help establish high-quality peer support services locally.
In our first year we will develop quality standards of peer support, working with the community of people living with HIV, support agencies and clinical networks.
Over four years we will undertake evaluation looking at the impact on people’s well-being and identify cost savings associated with peer support.
Delivery of the peer mentor programme is organised into two work-streams: peer support across the UK outside of London is coordinated by Marc Thompson, while the London peer support programme is coordinated by Garry Brough. The Project Manager is Sarah Fraser and you can reach the team by telephone on 020 7713 0444 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project 100 is made possible by a grant from The Monument Trust