Peer Action & Covid-19 Update

During these difficult times as more and more of the services open to us as a community appear to close, please bear in mind that although you can’t see us, we are still here.

If any of you have issues or concerns around HIV and Covid-19, then please get in touch with us via the website, Email or on Facebook. We are here for you and each other.

Between us we have a wealth of experience in supporting each other and now is the time to work together.
We will get through this and it will make us stronger and better.

Be kind to yourselves and be kind to each other.
Don’t worry about asking for help.
People like helping.

And of course we will probably be noisier than ever on Social Media.

See you all later

XXX

The Trustees of Peer Action

Website maintenance over the weekend (22nd and 23rd February)

Our website will be on maintenance over the weekend (Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February). During this period, it may be unavailable for bookings, so please bear with us while this is done. We will be back to business on Monday 24th February 🙂

Check our newsletter for November

Can’t find your email? Check our November email newsletter here.

Share it freely 🙂

Good news: falls in new HIV diagnoses

We are pleased to hear that there is good news from several wealthy countries about falling HIV diagnoses:

It’s thought that these are the result of combination prevention – more frequent testing, prompt initiation of HIV treatment for those who are diagnosed, most people with HIV having an undetectable viral load, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and continued condom use.

One group of American researchers have tried to estimate how much difference PrEP makes, on top of the rest of the package. They say that cities with the highest rates of PrEP use in at-risk people had nearly 16% fewer diagnoses than the cities with the lowest rates.

Article from the NAM AIDSmap HIV update: to access the article and much more, click here.

Our newsletter for September is out: check your inbox!

Our September email newsletter is out, fully packed with very important news and the diary of events. Check your inbox for our email (it might have gone to your spam folder – look out for an email from contact@peeraction.net).

Or you can access the newsletter here 🙂

Don’t miss out, feel free to share!

Volunteer with Peer Action: help us shape our future!

We – the Peer Action trustees – have been working to get a clearer picture of where do we want Peer Action to be in the future. Our mission has been redefined to say:

We are a voluntary grassroots group offering
peer-led support to people living with HIV.  
We focus on enjoying good health with well-being
and therapy days, sports and leisure activities
in Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas. 

We carry on working on our plan and we cannot do it on our own: that is the reason why we come to invite you to volunteer with Peer Action and help us shape our future. We are peers supporting peers, so your time, strength and willingness to help us to become better are very welcome.

Please join us as:

* An event coordinator or assistant:  if you would like to see your ideas for events and activities becoming reality, these are the roles for you!
* A communications assistant: if you enjoy maintaining engagement via our website, social media and email newsletter, this is the role for you! 
* A volunteer therapist: professionals with skills for any complementary therapies are welcome to apply!
* A trustee: if you would like to help define the direction for Peer Action, this is for you!

We will be very happy to welcome to the team. If you need support or training to undertake duties, this will be provided as required.

You will find out the application form and more information about each role below.

To apply for one (or more) roles, please fill in an application form and send it by email to trustees@peeraction.net.

If you have a question, please reach us via contact page. Also, feel free to spread the word!

 

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You’ve got mail: our July newsletter is out :-)

Our July email newsletter is out! Check your inbox for our diary of events, news from ourselves and our partners, and a special request for your views on how to carry forward with our well-being days – we really need your input on this!

If you haven’t signed up to our email newsletter yet, you can do it by entering your email address, first and last name at the bottom of this page under ‘Newsletter sign up’.

You can also find it here. Feel free to share!

Catwalk4power has come to Brighton!

Positively UK has joined strengths with the Sussex Beacon to promote the amazing and empowering Catwalk4Power event and workshops.

Catwalk4Power is a programme for women living with HIV, designed to tackle their invisibility in conversations about HIV, and to demonstrate that they are powerful, resourceful women.

The Catwalk is there to highlight hope, resilience and skills. It began as a self-funded grass roots movement and have grown into a project that follows a series of workshops to empower women living with HIV, ending in a show case of talent and beauty.

You don’t have to commit to all the workshops to take part, and you can take part in the catwalk if you haven’t come to all workshops.

There is also no pressure to ‘strut’ on the catwalk at the end (which will be to an invited audience of allies), and you can support from the side if you prefer. Find more about the programme of workshops below:

Workshop 1 – Leadership Skills: Saturday 8th June 2019, 10.30am – 2.30pm Discover your leadership skills, reflect on what we need as women living with HIV to lead and get across our messages.

Workshop 2 – What makes women amazing: Saturday 22nd June 2019, 10.30am – 2.30pm at the Sussex Beacon
Our Powerful Bodies, a workshop to talk about women’s anatomy, our amazing bodies, our pleasure, being sex positive U=U and PrEP. Creative textiles and craft making.

Workshop 3 – Costume and sash making: Friday 12th July 2019, 10.30am -3.30 pm
Creating sashays and masks while thinking about our outfits and how to embed a message with a positive affirmation in what we are wearing.

Workshop 4 – Creative writing, public speaking and affirmations: Saturday 17th August 2019, 10.30am -3.30pm
Collective poetry, performance skills, strutting with positive affirmations, powerful stances.

Workshop 5 – Planning performance, more strutting, run through: Saturday 31st August 2019, 10.30am -3.30pm
Allocating roles, who will MC, order of performances, confidence building.

7th September – Final performance (details to be confirmed)
Morning dress rehearsal, styling, makeup, lunch – performance!

Creche and lunch are provided for all workshops. For more information:
* Visit www.facebook.com/Catwalk4Power/
* Contact Neo or Mel on telephone number 07939 817676, or by email to rattue@positivelyuk.org or nmoepi@positivelyuk.org.

Introducing Alan, trustee for Peer Action

We are so very happy to welcome Alan Spink as a trustee for Peer Action. Alan kindly responded to our call for trustees in the beginning of the year, bringing his amazing energy, skills and experience to help us move forward to the next stage of our journey as a community group.

Alan is the patient representative with the Martin Fisher Foundation, a peer mentor with the Sussex Beacon and the creative force behind Stiggy the Stigmasaur. He is looking forward to working with us on behalf of people living with or affected by HIV in the Brighton & Hove area.

We take the opportunity to thank Alan for his willingness to join us, and we wish him an exciting and enjoyable journey (definitely a busy one!) working alongside the other trustees: Adriana Silva, Aileen Norbury, Ian Seymour and Terry Clarke.

You are very welcome Alan!

June – two event cancellations

Saturday 8th June Bike ride – this event is cancelled due to the weather forecast for tomorrow of strong winds and showers (not comfortable weather for biking!) 10.05am 7th June 2019.

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Saturday 15th June – Arundel town visit – unfortunately we are forced to cancel this event as we don’t have enough bookings to fill the minibus. We will contact you very soon to arrange your refund. 10.05am 7th June 2019.