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Have your say on sexual health and HIV services

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Partners across Leicestershire are asking for views to help shape future plans.

Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council are currently reviewing the provision of sexual health and HIV prevention services.

As part of this, the public health teams are consulting with residents to inform future services.

An online questionnaire is available – for the public, service users and practitioners. Please visit http://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/corporate-resources-and-support/sexualhealth to view the questionaire.

The questionnaire can also be provided in a paper form by contacting Toni Burnet on 0116 3059238 or toni.burnett@leics.gov.uk

Please email/retweet/send this information on to others who you think may have an interest in this consultation.

The deadline for responses is 31st August 2014.

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Listening event for Leicester Hospitals

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Have you, or a friend or family member been a patient at any of Leicester’s Hospitals recently? If so, Leicester Hospitals extend an invitation to an important listening event hosted by their new Chief Nurse Rachel Overfield.

Rachel is new to Leicester and would like to hear directly from you what it is like being a patient in Leicester Hospitals.

Whatever your experience, if you have 15 minutes to spare please drop in any time at the Leicester Guildhall between 2pm – 7pm on Thursday, December 5th. (For venue information, directions and a map, please click here).  Coffee and mince pies will be available all day,  (and they’ve also been promised an open fire)!

During the afternoon, Rachel and her senior colleagues from the hospital will be available to hear from patients and families about their personal experiences of Leicester Royal, Leicester General and Glenfield Hospital’s services. There is no need to book a place, simply drop in whenever you are free.

Why not join them for a coffee and mince pie while you are out Christmas shopping. You might even want to take in the Richard III exhibition while you are at the Guildhall!

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“…and it won’t go away.” 25 Years of Leicestershire AIDS Support Services

 

The LASS History Project records the changing experiences of people affected by HIV over the years, while highlighting the extent to which HIV continues to disproportionately affect the most marginalised. It documents and celebrates the way people in Leicester came together to respond to the then, new virus and captures changes in attitudes, demography and health outcomes over the past 25 years.

LASS formed in 1987 as a telephone helpline for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, at a time when it was almost impossible to find premises because of fear and stigma. 25 years later, we support over 500 people affected by HIV, we run a community rapid HIV testing service and work across communities to increase understanding and knowledge about HIV.

We received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a history project to mark our 25th anniversary year. This project has created a publication and currently developing an archive, and will continue to produce mobile exhibition materials to capture the stories and experiences of people involved in LASS’s work over the past 25 years.

We highlight the distinctive characteristics of LASS, which include our location in the ethnically and culturally diverse city of Leicester and changes in our client group over the years.

While we show that HIV remains a significant local issue – with Leicester experiencing the 6th highest rising rate of infection in the country – we also celebrate the improved life expectancy of people with HIV, and show how LASShas evolved to meet changing needs and demands on our services.

It is our hope, that our history will inspire others and continue to raise awareness of the changing issues in responding to HIV and to challenge persistent myths and stereotypes.

Download your copy here

(PS: Celebrate World AIDS Day with us tomorrow night)! Click here for more details!

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Celebrate World AIDS Day With Us, on Saturday Night!!

Leicestershire AIDS Support Services present you with an evening of fabulous live music entertainment in support of World AIDS Day.  We have an eclectic mix of music lined up from 4 great bands featuring;

COUNTERACTIONBAND, a UK Dub and Roots Live Band
Fully dedicated to the sounds of conscious Dub and Roots, the CounterAction Band’s mission is to represent the vibes of heavy dub sound system culture live on stage!

This multi-cultural band is; fronted by I-mitri (Greece) on lead/backing vocals, rhythm guitar and percussion, with Citizen Baxter (Ireland) on bass, Pandacub (Wales+Cornwall) on drums, and Eli P (Dominica) on Keys+MPCs.

When not drawing from the extensive CounterAction vaults for material the crew occasionally act as a backing band for artists like Jah Marnyah and Parvez (The Dub Factory) amongst others, and host the monthly live Dub night “Recession Sessions” in Leicester. They have shared the stage with great sounds like Aba Shanti I and bands like the Blood Shanti Ites, the Splitters, Flux and Vibronics!

MULTIMORPH - The current vehicle for Maureen Anderson’s poetry and general creativity, Multimorph rose from the ashes of Shapeshifter when the latter’s long-standing guitarist Dave Johnson passed away from cancer in March 2009.

Maureen is now joined by dual guitarists Kevin Hewick and Rizz James, dual bassists Dave Dhonau and Darren Baxter, cajon drummer Jim Tetlow and Darren’s partner Helena McLeod as additional vocalist since guesting on their ‘Meditation Chamber’ album. Live performances are further augmented by the live painting and costumes of local artist Nick Nixon and the liquid light show of Lumiere Ogbanje to create a bizarre but infectiously memorable live experience.

SLEEPING THOUGH RAPTURE is an alternative band made up of four musicians from Leicester. After a year of playing together, the band has written lots of great material and has played gigs around Leicester.

You can check out their blog, for more info on this up and coming band: http://sleepingthroughrapture.tumblr.com/

And finally but by no means least is GEORGE SANDERSUN who evokes bright summer days or the dark depths of the woods with his intriguing psychedelic folk.

His song writing references 60s, new wave psychedelic and traditional folk, with multi layered solo harmony effects that meld together to form an earthy mellow approach creating a sound that’s fresh and real.
Fans of Iron and Wine or Fleet Foxes should definitely check out George!

A special thanks to Neil Segrott who be on the PA driving the sound for the night.

The concert is hosted at the Y Theatre, 7 East Street  City Centre, Leicester LE1 6EY (Click for a map).

Tickets cost £10 (£8 consessions) from the Y Theatre, available from this link: http://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/y-theatre-whats-on-details.php?listing=1189

**Special Offer**

Buy your tickets directly from LASS and buy one, get one free.  Contact our reception, on 0116 2559995 for more information.

**FREE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE VERY SOON, CHECK THIS BLOG AND OUR TWITTER ACCOUNT FOR MORE INFORMATION**

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We’re re-introducing volunteer induction meetings!

On 26th April, and each month thereafter, we’ll be holding volunteer induction meetings for all new and current volunteers, who wish to stay up to date with the events and activities at LASS.

Meetings shall be in two parts; to begin with, we’ll ensure all new volunteers have an induction to LASS and our services where we’ll talk about our aims and objectives, an overview of our teams, confidentiality/policies, and checking paperwork like applications and CRB checks (if necessary).

Once these basics are covered, we’ll explain HIV basics and talk about volunteer involvement and plan for our current and future projects.  Previously we’ve shared our collective knowledge about volunteering within a health and social care environment, provided details of free training courses ranging from HIV information, to mentoring, to computer skills (some of these award certificates or qualifications).

LASS can be a busy place at times, and these monthly meetings are ideal to stay updated with our work and engage with us while socialising and staying active with new and interesting projects.

We have a very interesting year ahead, it’s our 25th anniversary and LASS has changed with the times, we work across the whole range of communities in Leicester and Leicestershire, tackling wider health, poverty and inequalities that impact on individuals living with HIV.  Throughout our 25 year celebrations, we plan to raise our profile higher by increasing the understanding and awareness of the changes in the reality of living with HIV over the past 25 years.

Some of our upcoming projects include the re-introduction of famous friends, documenting 25 years of LASS, developing our social enterprise further, a football match and even a walking boat race!

We request all new volunteers to attend at least one meeting so we can ensure new people are familiar with our service, and for everyone else, we hope you’ll become a regular so we can plan ahead and really make an impact like we have been doing over the past 25 years.

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, 26th April at 11:00am at The Michael Wood Centre, we’d love to hear from you.

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Positive Men’s Support Group

Do you wish there was a support group, specifically for men where you can talk to other guys about the HIV related issues that affect you?

Well, you’re in good company!

LASS are working with HIV positive men to support and address issues that affect them.  We hope to understand the issues properly so we can better educate the various services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland so more men have better access to health care, information and advice, tailored to meet the needs of HIV positive men.

Our first meeting is today, 12th March between 17:30 – 19:00 at LASS (53 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 6YF – click for a map).  We appreciate that for some, this is immediately after work so we’re providing food, (Pizza) – vegetarian and Halal options available.

We do hope you’re able to attend, as this is the first group, we’re seeking members to get involved and set the agenda for future meetings so we can support each other and develop support services throughout the county.

If you would like any further information, please contact Chaz, on 0116 2559995 or by email to: chaz@lass.org.uk

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Leicestershire Community Calendar 2012

LASS’s Social Enterprise Well For Living launched a new initiative to help raise funds and awareness for Community Organisations and Charities.

Twelve different organisations, came together and developed a Community Calendar designed to encourage community involvement and help raise funds in this difficult climate.   The calendar also highlights important dates for the sector, such as Volunteers Week.

All Charities featured work to improve the lives of people living in Leicester and Leicestershire, and all are featured together in a calendar to display their good work throughput the year.

Read more about it at Well For Living.  http://www.wellforliving.co.uk/

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Consultation To Start On Managing Urgent Care In Loughborough

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the Walk-In Centre and the future of urgent care in Loughborough and surrounding areas.

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG), which will be responsible for commissioning or ‘buying’ local healthcare from April 2013, has been looking at urgent care services locally and how they are provided.

The CCG wants to ensure that when people need urgent care they can receive it as effectively as possible, whilst looking to work with other parts of the NHS to ensure that local services such as the community hospital are as effective as possible in bringing care closer to home.

As part of this a 12-week public consultation started last Wednesday (19 October) [Ed: We only received this news today, sorry for the delay], which offers two options:

· Option one is urgent care at the current Walk-In Centre at Pinfold Gate

· Option two is urgent care provided at Loughborough Hospital in Epinal Way

Option two is the preferred option as the hospital, which is 1.6 miles from Pinfold Gate, can provide more access to diagnostic tests, including more extended access to x-rays, potential access to ultrasound scans and blood tests. There are also beds where there is potential for patients to be kept in for observation and further potential for access to clinicians already working in the hospital.

Dr Nick Willmott, a GP and chairman of the group planning the development of urgent care in West Leicestershire, said: “This consultation is about enhancing services and making sure that patients receive the best care in the most appropriate setting for their health needs.

“We believe that our plans will provide an enhanced service for those who need urgent care, whilst we continue to encourage people to see their GPs when possible for less urgent needs.  Moving the Walk-In Centre could bring care closer to home for many patients accessing the urgent care service and could mean they wouldn’t have to travel into Leicester. It would also avoid duplication of services locally.”

Dr Edward Clode-Baker, of Parkview Surgery, added:

“GPs want, wherever possible, to be the first port of call if you’re in doubt about what care you need. We are doing all we can to improve access both to telephone advice and seeing patients appropriately. This will free up services at the Walk-In Centre to treat those with urgent need.”

The project group developing the proposals included GPs, a representative of Leicestershire Local Involvement Network (LINk), a patient representative, and officers of the West Leicestershire CCG. Feedback has also been received from staff at the Walk-In Centre, local government colleagues and the local MP. Leicestershire LINk has been involved in the consultation process and the engagement event held in August, and will be monitoring developments closely on behalf of patients and the public.

NHS West Midlands Clinical Commissioning Group have produced a document: “Loughborough Walk-In Centre, Managing Urgent Care In Loughborough – A Public Consultation” (pdf).  This document gives you the background to their public consultation about the Walk-In Centre and urgent care in Loughborough.

The Walk-In Centre provides urgent care services in Pinfold Gate for people living in or near Loughborough. they have proposals about how people can receive these services in future, and we need to understand what local people think about these proposals. They propose to create an urgent care centre
at Loughborough Hospital which will be supported by all the services available at
that centre. We believe this will produce an enhanced service for the local population with the coming together of the professional expertise and diagnostic services that can be provided by Loughborough Hospital. This can only be achieved by the movement of the Walk-In Centre and the resources that
support it.

Please take a few moments to read through the document, and then to answer the questions at the end.  The information and questionnaire are also
available online, at http://www.lcr.nhs.uk

During the consultation people will be able to have their say in a questionnaire which will be available from the Walk-In Centre, local libraries, GP surgeries and council buildings, as well as online by visiting http://www.lcr.nhs.uk before 11 January 2012. It will also be available to fill in at a series of public meetings, which take place on:

For more information, or to request a questionnaire via post, please call Jo Lilley on 0116 295 7626 or email jo.lilley@lcr.nhs.uk

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Leicestershire Community Calendar 2012

LASS’s Social Enterprise Well For Living launched a new initiative to help raise funds and awareness for Community Organisations and Charities.

Twelve different organisations, came together and developed a Community Calendar designed to encourage community involvement and help raise funds in this difficult climate.   The calendar also highlights important dates for the sector, such as Volunteers Week.

All Charities featured work to improve the lives of people living in Leicester and Leicestershire, and all are featured together in a calendar to display their good work throughput the year.

Read more about it at Well For Living.  http://www.wellforliving.co.uk/

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