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June 2018 Update

Positive Action Update: June 2018

Some of you may have wondered what has been happening with Positive Action over the past year, following the scaling down of operations and redundancies due to the funding cuts from Surrey, Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Prior to notification of these cuts, the Board had already identified a need for a new style service which reflected the ever-changing needs of those accessing P.A. whilst also appealing to a wider cross section of people registered with us. As such we underwent a service review and Staff / Trustee away day to create a new structure and service model.

Shortly after that review, the sudden and drastic cut in income, forced us to review matters again and from it we formulated a new membership style model which we hoped to roll out as soon as possible after June 2017 but at least from January 2018, knowing it would take a few months to recover from the closure of the old P.A., interview for, fill and train the new staff etc. Due to prudent treasury, we had accumulated reserves over a number of years for such an eventuality. Essentially, we had enough money for a part-time manager, an admin / membership officer and a training officer for approximately three years. All three posts were filled but due to various reasons, we said goodbye to each member of the new team by March this year.

The primary function of the staff from January was to establish contact with all former service users, to explain the new membership style model and what it offered, along with ensuring GDPR compliance etc. It became apparent that this hadn’t been done at all.

Since then, we have been reviewing options including trying to head hunt a new manager with HIV, charity and managerial experience. The person we identified was in discussion with us, when they were offered their dream job elsewhere. We simply couldn’t compete.

Trying to find staff with the right skill set, knowledge and background has proved extremely difficult therefore the Board has decided not to advertise for staff currently. We have been exploring a number of alternative options and as soon as we have some positive news, we will let you know.

Regarding GDPR and the care of your personal data, you don't have to do anything to continue to hear from us. If you would prefer not to hear from us (be removed from our database), then email and request your details be deleted.

We do not share your personal data (information) with third parties with the exception of our Website contractor who emails out the P.A. newsletter. Our I.T support company does have access to our computer system but has no reason to access individual files. Both contractors have been used by P.A. for many years and they are aware of the need for strict confidentiality and integrity, working with us.

The only information about you we now keep, is your basic contact details and your preferred method of being contacted. All previous information about you (i.e. documents, files, folders, records of emotional and practical support, hardship grants etc) have been destroyed.

Peter Hellawell stood down as Chair last year and has subsequently left the Board. I would personally like to thank him for his many years of service to people living with HIV, both at the former Ribbons Centre in Southampton and also with Positive Action.

I will be in touch again when we have more news

Yours aye,

Matthew Plumridge
Positive Action

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