Tag Archives: training

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.

Want more? – Read these articles:


Follow LASS on Twitter
or subscribe by email
Visit Well For Living
for well-being news and info or follow_THEM-a copy

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.

Follow LASS on Twitter
or subscribe via email

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.

Follow LASS on Twitter
or subscribe via email

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

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon, subscribe or follow us on twitter

Follow LASS on Twitter
or subscribe via email

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

Follow LASS on Twitter
or subscribe via email

Community Leadership Training (3 Day Free Training Course)

LASS are offering a programme in Community Leadership which will build on the big society to help many onto the first rung of training to become community leaders and workers. The training will be delivered over 3 days with periods in between for research and practice development and will include participants from other user led organisations. This programme will help you identify and address some of the gaps in your own community. The course is provided for free, however, places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The course will cover the following:

  • Understanding your purpose as a community leader
  • Telling your story for maximum impact
  • Importance of personal development
  • How to influence without being pushy
  • Being the best mentor for your community
  • Listening skills
  • Confidence building with others
  • Getting organised
  • Seeing other peoples point of view
  • Communication styles and how to deal with difficult people
  • Motivating and engaging with your team
  • Getting your message out there clearly
  • Present with pazazz!
  • Goal setting
  • Creating your plan
  • Bid writing

Dates: 30th June, 7th July & 14th July (All require attendance)

Venue: The Michael Wood Centre

Contact: julie@lass.org.uk

Telephone: 0116 2559995

Follow LASS on Twitter
or subscribe via email