Monthly Archives: January 2014

Women’s Voices for Change

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Dear Readers,

You are cordially invited to attend LASS’ Women’s Voices for Change in collaboration with De Montfort University, “Women’s Health Conference”

“Improving lives of women using Consultation, Compassion and Care” sponsored by abbvie.

Speakers include Dr Fatima Ibrahim- Consultant (GUM Leicester) and Tendai Ndanga – Coordinator (Ffena London)

  • Date: Friday 14th February 2014
  • Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Cost: FREE (Including conference, lunch and refreshments)
  • Venue: Hugh Ashton Building (De Montfort University)
  • Parking: Limited to only 25 spaces on Deacon Street Car Park. (Request for Disabled parking if needed)

The programme will be sent to you once you confirm your attendance and please direct any queries regarding the conference to Rachael Ng’andwe, e-mail rachael@lass.org.uk. Tel: 01162559995.

All participants from HIV Voluntary Sector Organisations travelling from outside of Leicester will receive an incentive of £50.00 paid to the organisations towards fuel costs or travel tickets if travelling in a group of 5 or more.

Due to limited places available, kindly book your ticket via event brite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-health-event-tickets-10097713533

(Update, ALL PLACES ARE BOOKED please contact Rachael who is operating a queue for people who may attend, if more spaces become available).

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Tory warns sex health cash cuts could lead to rise in HIV cases

Tory councillor Roy Webb is concerned about the impact of spending cuts on sexual health services.

Tory councillor Roy Webb is concerned about the impact of spending cuts on sexual health services.

FEARS of an increase in HIV infection rates in Derby if cuts proposed by the city council go ahead have been voiced.

Tory opposition councillor Roy Webb’s comments came after a letter opposing one of the cuts was sent to the authority by us, Leicestershire Aids Support Services.

The authority is proposing to cut £430,000 from the sexual health budget in the 2014-15 financial year.  The mooted cut was included in its recent consultation on how it will find £9 million of savings on top of £20 million already found.

It says the move would involve “ending service contracts for specialist sexual health promotion services,” and renegotiating contracts for “sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy testing”.

The document adds that the council wants to “refocus free oral emergency contraception to under-18s available to pharmacy outlets only”.  The city council was, on Friday, asked for more details but said it was unable to provide them.

But Mark Tittley, cabinet member for adults and health, said that, if the cuts went ahead, the council “would still continue to fulfil our statutory and moral duty to provide open access sexual health services to all within our community who need them, including people affected by HIV/Aids”.

Mr Webb, who is shadow cabinet member for health and adult care, said part of the cuts would hit Derbyshire Positive Support which gives confidential, stigma-free, support to people with HIV, and their families.

He said: “The withdrawal of contract funding for Derbyshire Positive Support may well, if it follows the national trend, increase infection rates as it has in areas where similar services have been decommissioned.”

A letter to the council from Leicestershire AIDS Support Services carries another warning.

It says: “Cuts will increase the likelihood of early death, and ill-health resulting in high levels of need for costly social care support and can be avoided by maintaining effective local services.”

Mr Webb added that, having met with a “public health official”, it was clear that any savings made in the budget were not going to be used to improve services elsewhere but “just used to support the council’s budget position”.

He said: “I think this a dangerous position to take as the on-going health and social care cost of failing to support these services could be much more expensive than keeping them.”

Mr Tittley said: “It is important to note that if these proposals are accepted by the council, we will still continue to fulfil our statutory and moral duty to provide open access sexual health services to all within our community who need them, including people affected by HIV/Aids.”

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Job Vacancy: Women’s HIV Awareness Assistant (Temporary until March 2014)

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Leicestershire AIDS Support Services are seeking to recruit a part time (7 hours per week) Women’s HIV Awareness Assistant on a part time, fixed term basis from 27th January 2014 until 31st March 2014.

The hourly rate of pay is £7.14 per hour.

Working with different women’s groups, you will be responsible for providing information about HIV and assist in the delivery of awareness raising sessions.  Further information is available in the Job Description and Person Specification. (Click to download).

The ideal candidate will have a good general standard of education with good levels of literacy and numeracy alongside good verbal communication skills.

  • Closing date: Friday, 10th January 2014 (at 12:00 noon).
  • Interviews Monday 13th and/or Tuesday 14th January, 2014.
  • Start Date: Monday, 27th January 2014.

For further information, please download the application pack below which includes the Job Description, and Person Specification.  You may need a pdf reader to view these documents, you may download a free copy of Adobe Reader X from here.

(If you have any difficulty in downloading these documents, please email: tom@lass.org.uk and we’ll send you them by email).

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