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New Year 2018

Dear Friends

I hope that you have experienced a good start to 2018 and that your plans and ambitions are fulfilled during the year ahead. 

Looking back to last year, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved with supporting World Aids Day and to those of you who undertook fundraising for Positive Action and other HIV charities. We were extremely grateful for help from members of Plus Friends and Pier 4 with a collection at Portsmouth and Southsea station, and to staff and volunteers at the University of Southampton, Alton College, Farnborough Sixth Form and the University of Creative Arts. In total these collections raised over £1000.  

Now moving forward, I am pleased to inform you that next month we will be launching a membership scheme for Positive Action. The scheme will be free to join and will help us to communicate with you in the way you prefer; provide the information and advice you are looking for; and connect with other people living with HIV in a secure and confidential environment. Please look out for an email from us and check out the website www.positiveaction.org.uk where you will be able to complete a simple sign up form to join and visit our new membership section. 

A key part of the new service model for Positive Action is based on peer support and people living with HIV helping each other. Over the past six months, I have been overwhelmed by the assistance that former service users have been willing to provide to others through support groups, befriending and peer mentoring. If you are interested in training to be a peer mentor, Project 100 is offering two more free courses in March and would be willing to hold a course locally if there is enough interest. Please see below for further information. If you are interested in volunteering with Positive Action in other ways, please email rachel@positiveaction.org.uk or telephone 07554 668757. 

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Positive Action has been selected as a recipient of The Co-operative Local Community Fund. When supporters nominate Positive Action as their cause the Co-Op will donate 1% of the value of your purchases back to the charity. Please consider signing up to become a member of The Co-op and nominating Positive Action as your charity.

With best wishes

Rachel


Local Support Groups

Pier 4 support group in Portsmouth - Meets on Tuesday from 16.30 pm until 18.30pm at Milton Village Hall, PO4 8PR. 

Email: friendsofpierfour@gmail.com

Aldershot group - Meeting on Friday 2nd February from 13:00 to 15:00 at North Barn, 4 Hillside Road, Aldershot, GU11 3NB. Email: enquiries@positiveaction.org.uk

Plus Friends in Southampton. Email: plus-friends@yandex.com


Would you like to support other people living with HIV?


Would you like learn new skills and enhance existing ones?


Do want to make a difference to people’s lives?


Peer mentoring is an exciting opportunity for you to use your own life experience to help others to face the challenges of living with HIV. Peer mentors support people to manage all aspects of living well with HIV from diagnosis and starting treatment to talking to others about our status.

How does Peer Mentoring work?
Peer mentors share their knowledge and experience to help people improve their own understanding of HIV and treatment, take greater care of their health and build confidence in living with and talking about HIV.

Peer mentoring can take place in one-to-one meetings, groups, online or on the phone. 

What training and support is available?
Peer mentors complete a core training programme and are encouraged to complete the Open College Network Level Two qualification in peer mentoring. This is provided free of charge by Project 100. 

Peer mentors need to gain and develop their knowledge to be able to provide support on the range of issues faced by people living with HIV. Through professional development, peer mentors can specialise in specific areas such as treatment advocacy, benefits advice, substance misuse and immigration.

The benefits of volunteering as a Peer Mentor

    •    Develop your skills and build your confidence

    •    Gain a Level Two Open College Network qualification in peer mentoring

    •    Enhance your CV and increase employment opportunities

    •    Be part of a supportive team

    •    Be part of a national network of peer mentors

    •    Develop and share your knowledge of HIV

In return we ask for your commitment and a shared desire with us to support people living with HIV to fulfil their potential, free from stigma and discrimination so that they might lead full and healthy lives.


Training Dates Spring 2018

Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March in London

Thursday 15 March to Sunday 17 March in Brighton

If there is sufficient interest, a local training course in Surrey or Hampshire will be organised. 

The courses are free of charge and expenses for travel and meals will be reimbursed.

Positive Action is working in partnership with Project 100 to create a peer support network across Surrey and Hampshire so that anyone diagnosed with HIV can find a local and trusted source of support. 

For further information contact Rachel Hinxman at Positive Action:

Email: rachel@positiveaction.org.uk

Tel: 07554 668757

Visit: http://positivelyuk.org/project-100/

© Positive Action 2018