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December 2018 Update

Positive Action Update: December 2018

Some of you may have wondered what has been happening with Positive Action over the past 12 months and especially since the last newsletter in June, so I thought I should update you.  This has been a very difficult year for P.A. as previously communicated.  Although we had tried to instigate a new plan re: membership style organisation with peer support, a signposting service, training for members and an annual gathering / conference, very little progress on this had been made by the time we said goodbye to the 3 new staff which departed P.A. in March this year.  To our credit, we did however, operate a Webchat service (pilot scheme) over a number of months during 2017 / 2018 in conjunction with Southampton University and Solent NHS Trust, funded by Public Health England which was deemed successful by all parties concerned.  

We tried to head hunt a new manager with HIV, charity and managerial experience, however, trying to find staff with the right skill set, knowledge and background has proved extremely difficult therefore the Board decided not to advertise again for new staff until we had a clearer idea of what our future might be.  Over the summer and early autumn, we explored a number of options which initially looked possible, but on closer scrutiny, we felt they weren’t the right fit for us. We are however, currently in talks with a similar organisation with a view to working more closely together. Although we can’t say too much about it currently, both charities are using the pro bono services of an independent organisation which specialises in helping charities like us find a joint strategic direction.  This could be very exciting, and we hope to have something positive to tell you in early 2019.

We finally closed the Aldershot North Barn office at the end of October which was a sad but necessary day for us all, to keep overheads as low as possible in order to provide resources for the new venture. Until then, we are maintaining a basic service only.  

We are mindful that Christmas can be a mixed time of year for folk, so what ever you do during this time, may it be a peaceful and happy period for you..    

I will be in touch again when we have more news

Yours aye,

Matthew Plumridge
Positive Action

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