September 2018 Newsletter

DEAR FRIENDS OF POSITIVELY UK

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter. It has been a busy summer here at our Islington office. We welcomed our new joint interim CEOs and three new members of staff, concluded our main strategy consultation and attended the World AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. With autumn fast approaching, prepare for a ton of exciting events!

JOIN THE NATION’S LARGEST HIV COMMUNITY EVENT – RED RUN

WHEN: 1ST DECEMBER WHERE: VICTORIA PARK, E3 5TB

Positively UK friends and supporters will gather at Victoria Park for a 5k or 10k run in support of our hardship scheme.

Limited access to daily essentials can cause significant deterioration for
people living with HIV and their dependants. Along with our peer-led
support, we offers welfare advise and financial support in extreme
circumstances. Our hardship payments act as a safety net to cover day-to-day living costs.

If you would like more information please contact Ellie at eangus@positivelyuk.org

Teapot Presents – The Official Red Run Ldn Launch Party

WHEN: 21ST SEPTEMBER WHERE: EAGLE LONDON, SE11 5QY

We kick off this year’s Official Launch Party for the World AIDS Day Red Run at the fabulous Eagle London! Details of the Launch Party: 6PM – doors open with a glass of bubbly on arrival. 7PM – BBQ starts 7:45PM – a few words from Roy Inc on behalf of Eagle London about the importance of the Red Run and HIV services across the country 8:40PM – Special performance by 2018 World AIDS Day RED RUN Mistresses of Ceremonies DENIM

AIDS Conference 2018

The 22nd International AIDS Conference took place in Amsterdam in July. Positively UK was proudly represented by six members of the team who exchanged views with other 20,000 activists, policy makers, funders, medics, researchers and pharmaceutical companies. Visit our website to read Silvia’s inspirational message for women’s equal footing in the HIV narrative, Tania’s thoughts on HIV and youth and Diana’s summary on research about children born from women with HIV who are HIV negative. David shares a powerful message on HIV activism, and Garry and James talk about what Undetectable = Untransmittable means to them.

BETWEEN THE SHEETS

WHEN: 15TH SEPTEMBER WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR

A sassy annual event for women living with HIV to share experiences, explore the meaning of good relationships and what gives pleasure, learn from each other, and have fun. This year’s edition will be joined by the charismatic Dr Mapara who will provide a fresh glimpse of the anatomy of female pleasure. Make up artists will once again boost our self-love by adding a little sparkle to our looks. Sh! Store – the award-winning erotic emporium – will feature products and create a liberating space for us to explore our intimate side away from pressure or stereotypes.

Reserve your free place by e-mailing info@positivelyuk.org or call 02077130444

NEW STRATEGY: WOMEN CONSULTATION

WHEN: 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2:00-4:00pm WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR

As you may know, Positively UK is developing its new strategy that will shape our directions for the next five years. The general consultation concluded at the end of August; thank you all who took time to complete our survey. We now have a clearer direction of what we do best, what matters the most to you in relation to our services and what more we should do in the future. As we want to ensure that all voices are heard, we are organizing a separate consultation for women. Come and represent the voice of women and how we can best support you

For more information get in touch with Silvia at spetretti@positivelyuk.org or call 02077130444

WELCOME TO

Isaac recently the youth support team. Together with Tania they are on a mission to ensure the total wellbeing of young people living with HIV. Isaac provides mentoring for young people and coordinates events and workshops for them so that they can survive and thrive in life in their own unique ways. Ellie is our new fundraiser and communication officer. In her previous roles she has been a bid writer and project coordinator for development organizations in London, Brussels and Jakarta. Being new to domestic fundraising, she is keen to transfer concepts and knowledge applicable to peer support.

Chris is our new Gay & MSM Project Coordinator. He has been involved in HIV campaigning and activism for many years, so you’ve probably seen his face around. Before joining us, 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.

Halve It

WHEN: 10TH OCTOBER, 12:45- 2:30PM WHERE: HOUSE OF COMMONS, TERRACE DINNING ROOM

Reception to launch A Roadmap for Eliminating Late Diagnosis of HIV in England, a Halve It position paper, and to celebrate the achievements of Halve It at the campaign’s final event.

Reserve your place at info@positivelyuk.org

WOMEN’S ROOM

WHEN: 12TH SEPTEMBER, 6:00-8:00PM WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR

Did you know that women with HIV experience menopause earlier and have more severe symptoms? Positively UK is excited to host an event with the HIV doctor and feminist academic Shema Traiq who will present the findings of a study on post-reproductive years in women living with HIV. Join the discussion and learn how to maintain optimal health and wellbeing as we get older. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss matters affecting your body. A sassy annual event for women living with HIV to share experiences, explore the meaning of good relationships and what gives pleasure, learn from each other, and have fun. This year’s edition will be joined by the charismatic Dr Mapara who will provide a fresh glimpse of the anatomy of female pleasure. Make up artists will once again boost our self-love by adding a little sparkle to our looks. Sh! Store – the award-winning erotic emporium – will feature products and create a liberating space for us to explore our intimate side away from pressure or stereotypes. WHEN: 15TH SEPTEMBER WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR Reserve your free place by e-mailing info@positivelyuk.org or call 02077130444 As you may know, Positively UK is developing its new strategy that will shape our directions for the next five years. The general consultation concluded at the end of August; thank you all who took time to complete our survey. We now have a clearer direction of what we do best, what matters the most to you in relation to our services and what more we should do in the future. As we want to ensure that all voices are heard, we are organizing a separate consultation for women. Come and represent the voice of women and how we can best support you. WHEN: 12TH SEPTEMBER, 6:00-8:00PM WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR Book your place by contacting Hellen at hroger@positivelyuk.org or Diana at donyango@positivelyuk.org

Project 100 – HIV Peer Support Network

UPCOMING CORE PEER SUPPORT TRAINING:

13-15TH SEPTEMBER IN GLOUCESTER EDDISTONE TRUST

14-16TH SEPTEMBER IN THT CARDIFF

5-7TH OCTOBER GEORGE HOUSE TRUST MANCHESTER

9,11,12TH IN LONDON (FULLY BOOKED)

9-11TH NOVEMBER MESMAC ROTHERHAM TBC

Our Yearly Project 100 Peer Supporters Day will be held on 27th October.Earlier this year we also held a training in Northern Ireland at Positive Life which was a joint training with people with HIV from Ireland. For the first time at the peer supporters day we will have volunteers from Ireland! You can apply for the peer supporters training through https://positivelyuk.org/project-100/peer-mentors/

UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL: WELLBEING WORKSHOP

WHEN: 15TH SEPTEMBER WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR

Our lovely Beatrice and Jullie are co-leading a wellbeing workshop together with our peer mentor Mina Kakaiya who is a specialist in mental health. Join them to explore ways to cope with stress and anxiety and unlock your personal wisdom!

Please contact Julie or Beatrice on 02077130444 or jwillis@positivelyuk.org

GAY TALK

WHEN: 6TH OCTOBER, 12:00 – 4:00 PM WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR

GAY SOCIAL

WHEN: 18TH OCTOBER WHERE: TBC

Chris, who is leading on these two events, invites all gay men for some quality time and discussions around mental health awareness. Gay Talk is a monthly workshop where gay men living with HIV discuss different topic relevant to the HIV community. Gay Social is a monthly event giving gay men living with HIV a chance to socialise, meet new people and flourish. Chris is happy to take recommendations at cohanlon@positivelyuk.org

GAY CINEMA NIGHT : HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

WHEN: 20TH SEPTEMBER WHERE: POSITIVELY UK, EC1V 1LR

A riveting, powerful telling of the story of ACT UP and the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Come to our Islington office to enjoy this Oscar nominated film! For comments and suggestions on movies please contact Chris at cohanlon@positivelyuk.org or call 02077130444

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