Dealing with Diagnosis

Recently Diagnosed Workshop

I know it’s a little cliché to say that the diagnosis is life-changing, but for me this weekend has been one of the most important meetings I have ever been to. These memories will stay with me for life as this journey begins.
- Workshop Attendee

The Recently Diagnosed Workshop is an interactive workshop which takes place over two days for people who are living with HIV for less than three years, run by staff and volunteers who are also living with HIV. We know that being diagnosed with, or living with HIV can be worrying and confusing.

The workshops have been set up to:

  • Provide the opportunity to connect with other people in a similar position and gain a better understanding of living with HIV
  • Help you to discuss and share your HIV experience with others
  • Talk about current and new treatment options
  • Encourage you to live well with HIV
  • Discuss living with HIV as part of everyday life

In the workshops, staff and volunteer peer mentors will share their experiences of being diagnosed and living with HIV. By the end of the workshops you’ll have been given the information to start taking control of your HIV; learn how to get the support you need; and connect with other people living with HIV.

In many of our workshops true friendships have been made as people embark on their HIV journey together.  Previous participants continue to find value in supporting each other.

I think the absolutely most valuable part of the weekend was having a chance to connect with other positive people who are on the same part of the path as I am. It’s quite hard to find people of your own accord in our situation
April 2018
What I really enjoyed about the recently diagnosed workshop was the personal stories and the laughter. I haven’t laughed very much in the last 2 months – so thanks for this. I appreciated it.
October 2018
The group was the perfect size and the fact that it was mixed was perfect. I feel so much more empowered and positive about my future.
January 2019
Very structured, organised and informative. Friendly, lovely layout – and you gave us time to talk.
January 2019

wellbeing workshop

From yoga and mindfulness techniques to massage tasters and nutrition advice, our wellbeing workshops are for everybody with HIV looking to boost their self-esteem and confidence. 

What I really enjoyed about the recently diagnosed workshop was the personal stories and the laughter. I haven’t laughed very much in the last 2 months – so thanks for this. I appreciated it.
October 2018

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