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Summer 2019
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HAPPY AUTUMN EVERYONE!
 
Did you know that in 2017 43% of people with HIV who wanted to talk to someone else with HIV did not manage to do so? Positively UK is changing this. Our ambition is to make peer support available to every person living with HIV. In the last three years, our peer trainers have trained over 700 volunteers to provide effective peer support across the nation. Two out of five mentors have already supported three or more mentees. We continue to invest in training to build knowledge, confidence and connections for everyone who is living with HIV. Later this month we will be training THT volunteers for Luton, Milton Keynes and Hertfordshire, and our next in-house training will take place in November. We are also preparing new training modules around living well with HIV, and an activist toolkit. Follow our social media and check our website for updates. 
POSITIVELY UK AT THE UK'S FIRST EVER BI PRIDE 
 
Positively UK were honored to be invited to attend the first-ever Bi Pride at the Round Chapel on 7th September. Who better to represent us than our magic trio: Gay Men's project Lead Chris O'Hanlon, our HIV Peer Navigator Chris Buckley, and Volunteer Coordinator David King? We also got to sit next to the awesome Will Nutland from Prepster (@teamprepster), who also was there to support the Bi community providing information on PrEP. 
POSITIVELY UK AT THE FAST-TRACK CITIES CONFERENCE 

London is doing very well in HIV prevention and treatment, however, there is more work to be done to end HIV-related stigma and improve quality of life of people with HIV. On 9th September, the Mayor of London hosted city, municipal, and global leaders to Fast-Track Cities 2019, the first international conference of more than 300 cities prioritizing their responses to urban HIV. Positively UK represented the voice of people living with HIV by endorsing the importance of peer support and advocating for person-centered holistic care. 
Our CEO, Silvia Petretti, was a keynote speaker for the symposium "Together We Can: Addressing Gender Disparities in HIV and Empowering Women". 

"The sexualization and objectification of young women is still embedded in our gender norms and still puts many young women at risk."  

"The single most important thing policymakers can do to support women in regards to HIV is  to ensure that women with HIV are involved in all decision making processes that affect them." Silvia

You can read Silvia's recent blog post on gender justice here

The fabulous ladies from Catwalk4Power were invited to deliver their empowering performance to challenge HIV stigma at the Healthy London Partnerships event at The Guildhall, as part of the Fast-Track Cities closing event.
A volunteer from The Seeds, our therapeutic horticulture club, prepared a flower bed with U=U that was displayed at the Fast Track Cities Conference at The Barbican. 
POSITIVELY UK FORUM

We want to ensure that people with HIV are confident and knowledgable, and have the resources they need to manage their health and wellbeing. This is why at the beginning of September we held a consultation with people who access our services. What did people say? More mixed events for men and women from different walks of life, opportunities to mingle, socialize and exchange experiences. As a result, we are seeking opportunities to fund more social events - watch out this space. 

We encourage all people with HIV who access our services to send suggestions and recommendations to info@positivelyuk.org.  
POSITIVELY UK AT THE AUTUMN BHIVA CONFERENCE 

On 5th October Positively UK's Lead for Partnership and Learning Garry Brough spoke about the 'Future of HIV Care' at the Autumn BHIVA Conference Workshop. The main focus of Garry's talk was to propose that patients need to have a say in what kind of care they receive, and that general HIV care for stable patients should be coordinated by specialist nurses, rather than consultants, so that there are better connections between clinics, GPs, other specialists, as well as home care and care homes. The wider care team should be made up of peer support workers, pharmacists, psychologists, peer case workers and consultants as a multidisciplinary team to support people with all their needs and improve quality of life. Technology such as e-consultations and patient held health records can help people be more in control of their health and choices. 
POSITIVELY UK AT HIV AND YOUR BODY - GOING TO FULL 360
During 25-26 September, staff and volunteers attended the conference HIV and Your Body in Amsterdam. Virginia, our coordinator for The Seeds, a holistic project for aging people with HIV, shared the successful model of therapeutic horticulture. Mina Kakaiya, a Project 100 peer mentor and wellbeing coach, facilitated a masterclass on building emotional resilience and advocated for peer-led support for better mental health.
POS FUTURES

What's going on in the world of our youth project Pos Futures we hear you ask? It's been a crazy summer from taking part and celebrating 10 years of CHIVA Camp to experiencing a sun-filled exciting time at Thorpe park; it's safe to say summer has been good to us. 

Next up? Our Youth Coordinators have organized Bowling with Mortimer Market on 22nd October. And the fun doesn't stop there - our first ever Pos Futures Residential for young adults with HIV will take place between 1-3 November. Register here.  

 
If you are interested in meeting other like-minded people, up for some fun, are below the age of 25 and living with HIV, then this project is for you! Drop us an email: youth@positivelyuk.org.
WOMEN'S ROOM

Believe it or not, your kitchen is full of tried-and-true ingredients that can give your skin, hair, and even feet a major boost. At the last Women's Room, we had the wonderful Hillcroft College professionals delivering a session on making natural hair products. It was amazing to see some inexpensive at-home tricks to nourish our locks. We ended up with natural shampoos, conditioners and hair removal creams to test at home. 

Our next Women's Room will be the annual Between The Sheets workshop. We have invited a sex therapist to talk about sexual pleasure, orgasms, libido and all things sex-related. If you would like to join, please e-mail Helen (hrogers@positivelyuk.org) or call us on 020 7713 0444. 
CATWALK4POWER IN BRIGHTON 

Catwalk4Power have been building a powerful, grass-roots lobbying coalition and creative community since 2017. The movement enables leadership and voice to surface from an established group of women living with HIV. Following a series of creative workshops, our Brighton Catwalk4Power took place on 7th September as a direct action to acknowledge the struggles that women living with HIV face in the UK.

Meeting at The Sussex Beacon, women from Crawley, Lewes, Eastbourne and Brighton have participated to a series of workshops that have supported awareness of their leadership qualities and skills, and encouraged them to rise up as leaders, mothers, survivors. The Sussex Sisters of Power, as they want to be known, demand action now, for effective prevention, treatment and care of HIV for women.

"I'm in tears because you have inspired me. You have made me believe that I don't need to hide anymore. It is so important that women can get together and talk to each other. So thank you [for the Catwalk4Power event]; this is so inspirational. Thank you. You have inspired me".  A woman from Brighton area 


CATWALK4POWER IS COMING TO MANCHESTER

If you identify as a woman and are based near Manchester, join us for a series of five workshops relating to leadership, body positivity, drama and creative writing.

There will be an information session on Saturday, 28th September at 2pm George House Trust, 75-77 Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FX.  

For enquiries about the Manchester workshops, please e-mail info@ght.org.uk or call 0161 274 4499. For other enquiries, please e-mail catwalk4power@positivelyuk.org.  
THE SEED VISIT TO THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS MEDICAL GARDENS     

Did you know that all toxic plants are bitter? On 18 September the participants from our horticulture project visited the Medical Gardens for a guided tour of medical plants from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle East, North America and Europe. The tour was an illuminating window into the history, beliefs and culture of medicine through the ages.

For more information about our horticulture activities, please e-mail vcucchi@positivelyuk.org

When you buy a DAISY T-shirt (with cartoon collage by Jock Mooney, based on the photo by Rui Jorge) from hellovonk.com £2 will go directly to POSITIVELY UK!

Despite treatment for HIV being more effective than ever, and rates of new diagnoses in the UK at the lowest point since 2000, misunderstanding, fear and discrimination still exist, even within the LGBT community.

Thank you @daisypuller for supporting Positively UK to change the conversation about what it means to be living with HIV in 2019. Happier, healthier and – pardon the pun – more positive!


Registrations for this year's World AIDS Day Red Run 2019 is now open! 

When: Saturday 30th November 
Where: Victoria Park (E9 5EG)

Sign up here to support people in need through Positively UK's hardship fund. More details will follow up soon. 
The Gay Men’s Project would like to form a committee of people involved in shaping its direction. The committee is open to all gay and bisexual men; it aims to shape how GayTalk is run and supported on a monthly basis. Maybe you have some ideas of how GayTalk can be improved or maybe you’re happy to help run it, however you want to contribute, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with cohanlon@positivelyuk.org

Volunteer with us! 

By volunteering your time, you can make a difference to the lives of people living with HIV that we support, and in the community. We are committed to help volunteers build on the skills and experiences that you already have.  We are looking for peer facilitators for our groups and workshops, volunteers with media and communication experience, fundraisers and blog writers. For more information, please e-mail dking@positivelyuk.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

C4P: Leadership Skills Workshop at Manchester 
5 October, 10am-4:-00pm at George House Trust, Manchester 


Women's Room
9 October, 6:00-8:00pm at Positively UK 


Brent Hub: Client Consultation
10 October, 11:30-3:30pm at Sudbury Primary Care Centre, Wembley HA0 


Women's Room: Between The Sheets Workshop 
12 October, 10:00am-4:00pm at Positively UK 


GayTalk: Our Mental Health 
12 October, 12:00am-4:00pm at The Welcome Collection (183 Euston Road NW1)


Seeds Project: City of London Walking Tour 
16 October, 10:30am-3:00pm, meeting point tbc


GayTalk Social: Admiral Duncan 
17 October, starts at 7pm, Admiral Duncan, 54 Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 


Pos Futures: Bowling event for clients from Mortimer Market
22 October, starts at 6:00pm, RSVP to confirm location (youth@positivelyuk.org)


GayTalk: Meditation Moments
22 October, starts at 6:45pm, Positively UK


Positive Talks: Being Human Exhibition
23 October, 6:00pm-8:00pm, The Welcome Collection (183 Euston Road NW1)


Discussion for BHIVA Catwalk4Power 
25 October, 2:00-4:00pm, St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 


Core Peer Mentor Training for THT Volunteers in Luton, Milton Keynes and Hertfordshire
25/26/27 October, Watford, (contact juddy.otti@tht.org.uk for details)


GayTalk: Yoga Nidra with Stephan Hein 
29 October October, 6:45pm onwards at Positively UK 


The Seeds: Yoga/Mindfulness with Thien
30 October, 2:00-4:00pm, Calthorpe Community Gardens, 258-274 Grays Inn Rd, WC1X


Brent Hub: Mindfulness Class 
30 October, 11:30-3:30pm at Sudbury Primary Care Centre, Wembley HA0 


Pos Futures Residential for under 25
1/2/3 November, RSVP to confirm location (youth@positivelyuk.org)


The Seeds: Therapeutic Gardening
6 November, tbc, Calthorpe Community Gardens, 258-274 Grays Inn Rd, WC1X


Core Peer Mentor Training
8/9/10 November, Positively UK


GayTalk: Meditation Moments  
12 November, 6:45-9:00pm, Positively UK 


Women's Room: YMCA Weight and Fitness Workshop
13 November, 6:00-8:00pm at Positively UK 


Brent Hub: Group Walk In The Park 
13 November, 11:30-3:30pm at Sudbury Primary Care Centre, Wembley HA0 


Positive Talks: Being Human Festival
20 November, all-day, St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 


Catwalk4Power Manchester 
23 November, evening tbc, Irish Heritage Centre Manchester


Brent Hub: Nutrition Class (Part Two)
27 November, 11:30-3:30pm at Sudbury Primary Care Centre, Wembley HA0 


Brent Hub: Christmas Lunch 
6 December, starts 12:30pm, venue tbc

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