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Training Sessions (January – March 2015)


Celia Fisher (@LASSCelia) delivering HIV training at LASS.


Upcoming training in the new year includes HIV awareness, Hepatitis, Mental Health, Circumcision / FGM & HIV & The Law.

All sessions include group discussions and some include guest speakers. Please book using the LASS training booking form and email to training@lass.org.uk.

We have introduced some new sessions into the programme this term, as well as including the popular sessions.  Please note that sessions will start promptly and late comers may not be admitted depending on the discretion of the facilitator.

  •  29th January 2015 1-3pm
  • HIV & Hepatitis Update
  • Facilitated & delivered by LASS

The aim of this session is to provide an update of the recent advances and information about HIV & Hepatitis – including transmission, risks, treatment and statistics. It is beneficial to consider these blood borne viruses in one session and to explore the wider determinants of these viruses.

The session will be of interest and benefit to people who deliver health, HIV, Hepatitis or other support services such as housing, job advice, those who work with people living with / affected by or more at risk of HIV and/or Hepatitis. The session will benefit individuals who want to be up to date with their knowledge.

  • 5th February 2015 10am – 1pm
  • HIV & Mental Health   
  • Facilitated and delivered by Hayley Poole (clinical psychologist) and Celia Fisher.

 The aim of the session is to consider and review the links between HIV and mental health, from diagnosis through to good health and beyond. We will consider different aspects of mental health and factors specifically associated with HIV.

The session will include discussion about services, pathways and self-help, with approaches and mechanisms for managing our own mental health.

The session will be of interest to people who deliver health & related services, such as housing, job & career advice, community development, substance misuse, those who work with people living with or affected by HIV who may have mental health issues.

  • 5th March 2015: 10am  – 1pm
  • HIV & Circumcision / FGM – Understanding, issues and actions?
  • Facilitated by Maryan Anshur of Somali Development Services and Celia Fisher of LASS

 The session in November generated a lot of discussion and debate about both male circumcision and FGM, with FGM being a challenging topic for many people. This follow up session will enable others to find out about these topics and to continue the learning through discussion and listening. The session will explore our own and media perceptions and messages associated with circumcision and FGM. T

We will consider what action we need to take in working with women who have suffered FGM and with girls and young women who may be at risk of FGM.

The session will be of interest to people who deliver sexual health & HIV services, those who work with different communities in various settings including schools and colleges.

  • 23rd March 2015: 1-4pm
  • HIV & The Law
  • Facilitated by LASS

In March 2014, LASS facilitated an update of the situation regarding HIV & the Law and criminalisation for reckless transmission of HIV, delivered by Robert James of Birkbeck University. There have been some developments in the past year or more in the way the police investigate allegations, so the situation is not static.

This session will provide a refresher about this topic and will cover the changing approaches that police forces and the CPS are taking in investigations.

The session will be of interest to people who are living with or affected by HIV and for support workers and practitioners.

We also offer bespoke sessions for organisations and communities covering a range of topics. Please get in touch if you have particular training needs.


We are also planning some sessions for people living with or affected by HIV: HIV & Relationships on 3rd February and HIV & Mental health on 3rd March, so please advertise these sessions with people you work with.

We are also looking at a Happy parenting course – perhaps 2 Saturdays – for people living with or affected by HIV who have children / are involved in child care within the family (grandpas & grandmas, uncles, aunts etc.). This will include a range of topics – hopes & aspirations; coping with stress; parenting dilemmas and solutions; the effect of food on mood: sleep; and others!

We’ll have more information on the above two courses in the new year.  For more information on training at LASS, please see Celia Fisher.


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Canon Gideon Byamugisha visits Leicester (7th July to 13th July)


A week of opportunities to build your knowledge and understanding about HIV and other social issues from a personal perspective with Canon Gideon Byamugisha

Who is Canon Gideon Byamugisha?
Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Uganda. In 1992, he became the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status. He has since devoted his life to an HIV / AIDS ministry which has taken him to over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and many other parts of the world.

Gideon is driven by a passion for the dignity and rights of all people, especially those marginalised, stigmatised and discriminated against because of their HIV positive status. He has played leading roles in the Church of Uganda’s AIDS program, the Uganda AIDS Commission, World Vision International, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Christian AID, special conferences of the United Nations, and in founding the African Network of Religious Leaders Living With or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS.

Rev. Canon Dr Gideon Byamugisha in Leicester
Canon Gideon is in Leicester & the area supporting different LASS events from 7th July to 13th July. Canon Gideon’s visit theme is “Love (in any language) fluently spoken heals”. “Reaching & sustaining zero new HIV infections, zero household level poverty, zero youth unemployment & zero socially sanctioned violence”

The following are open to the public and you are very welcome to come to one or more of these.

HIV & Belief Session
Wednesday 9th July 2014: 10 – 1pm
Venue: LASS (53 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 6YF)
Canon Gideon will lead this session on HIV and Belief – exploring issues about stigma, self-stigma, support for testing and condom use and reducing discrimination and prejudice.
The session will be of interest to people whose faith / belief plays an important role in their life also for those with an interest in the role that faith and belief have on people’s lives to help them cope or otherwise with a long term condition like HIV.

An audience with Canon Gideon
Thursday 10th July: 4pm – 8pm:
This is an opportunity for Faith leaders and elders to meet Canon Gideon at LASS. Come along and find out more about his ministry and the theme of this visit. Light refreshments will be served.

Football & Faith
On Saturday 12th July: LASS is holding a Football & Faith Event for all the family at Emerald Centre, Gipsy Lane, Leicester LE5 0TB. 6 football teams will compete for the LASS “Know your HIV Status” trophy; we will be entertained by Gospel choirs; there will be family entertainment including a Bouncy castle; address and prize giving by Canon Gideon. There will be different health information and testing available at the event including HIV testing, information about prostate cancer and blood sugar checks. Tasty food will be available to buy from different stall holders.

For Further information or a training session booking form:
Please contact LASS on 0116 2559995.

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HIV Testing Training


Celia Fisher delivering HIV Training at The Michael Wood Centre

At the moment around 100,000 people in Britain are living with HIV, and it is estimated that as many as one in four of them don’t know they are infected. It’s hoped that making HIV tests much more accessible will encourage many people to take control over their own health.

HIV Testing has been available for just under 30 years, presently it’s available from GU clinics and registered testing centres such as LASS and from April next year, home testing for HIV will become legal in the UK.

To slow down the spread of HIV and help people to access treatment, LASS invests in rapid testing services in community settings. There is particularly low uptake in some African communities, so LASS trains volunteers from these communities to carry out testing and provide information.

They provide testing at a range of events and venues including African football tournaments to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t be tested. We also provides services for people with HIV who maybe coping with other issues like poor mental health.  We also provide healthy living training.

Would you like to become a community HIV tester with LASS? We are running the training sessions for this at LASS on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th September – from 9.30 to 4.30 each day at The Michael Wood Centre.

This course is available to LASS volunteers only.

The course covers theory and practice about HIV transmission, Basic HIV knowledge, treatment and benefits of testing, Pre-test “discussion” and information, Sharing test results, Inclusive practices and consideration of different communities and cultures, Role play scenarios, Procedures to use testing kits and Working with different clients.   Following the training, you will need to complete a written test.

To enrol on the course, please contact us on 0116 2559995 or email Celia or Eric for more information.

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Free Training Sessions (June – September 2013)


Here is the programme of free training from LASS to run from June 2013 to September 2013. All sessions include group discussions and some include guest speakers. To enrole, please contact us on 0116 2559995 or email training@lass.org.uk.


Thursday 20th June: 10.30 am – 1.30 pm

The need for more sessions to discuss HIV and Belief was identified at a workshop in February 2013.  This session will further explore the issues linking HIV & Belief, considering perceptions and experiences of stigma. The session will look at ways of empowering ourselves to break down HIV & HIV related stigma in the context of different beliefs and faith influences.


Monday 1st July 1.30 – 4.30

Elementary information about HIV, transmission, risks, testing and statistics. This will be of interest to anyone who currently has limited knowledge about HIV.

HIV & Relationships

Tuesday 23rd July, Tuesday 13th August, Tuesday 3rd September 2 – 4pm

There will be several sessions on the theme of HIV & relationships with the objectives of exploring different topics including:

  • Disclosure – talking about HIV Status with different people in your life
  • Sexual Health Q & A
  • Sero-discordant relationships
  • Getting tested as a couple
  • Family relationships and knowledge

You can come along to one, two or all of them – what ever works for you.

HIV & the Law

Thursday 8th August 10am – 1pm

A session to discuss the current situation about HIV & The Law – with information from the recent Keeping Confidence workshop organised by Sigma Research and Birkbeck College.

Please note that sessions will start promptly and late comers may not be admitted to the session.

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What’s on at LASS this month?


Here’s what’s coming up at LASS in March, you’re more than welcome to attend free training and sessions we’re holding throughout the month, please call (0116 2559995) or email us (links are named below) for more information or to arrange your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you!


  • Date: Wednesday 6th March
  • Time: 10:00 – 14:00
  • Venue: 101 Gwendolen Road
  • What’s Needed?
  • Sexual Health Awareness Assistants – giving out information
  • Contact Rachael for more information


  • Date: Tuesday 12th March
  • Time: 18:00 – 20:30
  • Venue: Leicester Univeristy
  • What’s Needed?
  • Sexual Health Awareness Assistant to support activities
  • Contact Celia for more information


  • Date: Wednesday 13th March
  • Time: 15:00 – 18:30
  • Venue: Leicester Univeristy
  • What’s Needed?
  • No volunteer support needed, but do sign up if you’re interested.
  • Contact Chaz or Celia for more information


  • Date: Friday 15th March
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Venue: LASS
  • What’s Needed?
  • No volunteer support needed, but do sign up if you’re interested.
  • Contact Rachael for more information


  • Date: Tuesday 19th March
  • Time: 14:00 – 18:00
  • Venue: Secular Hall
  • What’s Needed?
  • Awareness assistants to give out information, set up and clear away
  • Trained HIV Testers
  • Contact Denese for more information

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Free HIV Basics Training

“HIV basics” is a training a session being run at LASS, this Wednesday 14th September.

Find out about the virus, the importance of early testing and how to talk to your community.

Please email celia@lass.org.uk if you would like to attend.


Mentor Training – Free at LASS

‘Mentoring’ is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship where a person voluntarily gives time on a regular basis to support, encourage and enable a person affected by HIV to live better with HIV and to achieve their desired aims, goals, needs and potential so they can integrate, participate and function more effectively, independently and positively within society.

LASS are offering Free Mentoring Training to any volunteer who expresses an interest and wishes to use their newly learned skills with our team.

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

The training is comprehensive, (here’s the session plan) and you will need to be available for each of the four Monday’s (10:00 til 13:00) which are scheduled, they are:

  • 22nd August
  • 29th August
  • 5th September
  • 12th September

For further information and register your interest, please contact Michael or speak with reception, on 0116 2559995

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