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Training Sessions (January – March 2015)

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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.

ADDITIONAL

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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Training Sessions (January – March 2015)

Celia---HIV-Basics

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.

Additional

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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David Cameron’s HIV Hypocrisy

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Just a few weeks ago David Cameron and other MPs sat in the House of Commons and wore red World AIDS Day ribbons for a community they clearly don’t understand.

“The ribbon is the universal symbol of HIV awareness and it was good to see so many MPs showing solidarity with people who live with HIV in the UK and around the world,”  ​said Cameron in his statement on December 1st. “Whilst the overall number of new diagnoses last year was down slightly on 2010, there was an increase amongst men who have sex with men. And a quarter of people living with HIV don’t know they have it. I am absolutely clear that there can be no complacency in our fight against HIV and AIDS.”

Cameron concluded by saying how the red ribbon is about more than showing solidarity with those living with HIV in the UK and abroad.

“It should also be a spur to increase testing and a symbol of our commitment to carrying on work to reduce infection levels whilst tackling the stigma, discrimination and prejudice often associated with HIV and sexual health.”

But we’ve heard it all before. Politicians deliver compassionate messages one day and deliver crushing blows the next. Despite more and more young people  ​being diagnosed HIV positive because of a lack of information about the issue, the government has announced that there will be ​devastating cuts to the national HIV prevention programme in England.

Funding will be halved for the year commencing April 2015 and there is, as yet, no government commitment to fund further years of the programme. It seems like yet another complete refusal to believe that the most imperative is needed at ground-level.

“This is not the right time for the government to pare back spending on HIV prevention,” says Dr Rosemary Gillespie, Chief Executive at  ​Terrence Higgins Trust. “In recent years, we have made good progress in driving down rates of undiagnosed and late-diagnosed HIV. However, tens of thousands of people with HIV across England are still undiagnosed and at increased risk of passing the virus on unwittingly. We have not yet reached the tipping point in our fight against the epidemic, and halving government spending on HIV prevention now would be a regressive step that risks undermining the headway we have made.”

The government’s ill-considered decision is in direct contradiction to Simon Stevens’ ‘ ​NHS Five Year Forward View‘, released in October. “The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health,” he wrote. “Twelve years ago, Derek Wanless’ health review warned that unless the country took prevention seriously we would be faced with a sharply rising burden of avoidable illness. That warning has not been heeded – and the NHS is on the hook for the consequences.”

Stevens’ report has been immensely influential and all the main political parties have expressed their support for its vision for the future of the NHS. It is striking that, within weeks of the government stating its support for the health vision of this publication, they are expressly contradicting one if its key tenets – the absolute centrality of prevention if we are to regain control of NHS finances.

“We have not yet reached the tipping point in our fight against the epidemic, and halving government spending on HIV prevention now would be a regressive step that risks undermining the headway we have made”  – Dr Rosemary Gillespie, Chief Executive, Terrence Higgins Trust

In 2004 there were 38,117 people with diagnosed HIV living in England. In 2013, that figure had risen to 74,760. Meanwhile, funding for HIV prevention work has drastically declined during that same period while transmission rates soared. Rather than increasing its efforts to tackle the spread of HIV and the existing stigma, the government’s response is to further squeeze the sector of its resources.

What’s more shocking still is how the government cuts affect two specific minority communities. The national HIV prevention programme focuses on two groups – men who have sex with men, and black African men and women. Yusef Azad of  ​National AIDS Trust agrees that the government is ignoring the needs of these communities.

“HIV is a health inequalities issue, since it disproportionately affects these minorities. Were British-born heterosexuals seeing the same percentages getting HIV as gay men and Africans there would be immense efforts by government to address the problem. When gay men and Africans experience such a public health crisis the response is to reduce further already inadequate funding.”

What this farce highlights is that the government, yet again, is looking for short-term gain at long-term sacrifice. Save money today, but let’s not think about the consequences of tomorrow.  Azad agrees. “All governments pay lip-service to this principle and to the fact prevention is cost-effective and often cost-saving. It is only in a time of budgetary pressure that we learn whether they really mean it.

Preventing just one HIV transmission saves the public purse ​£360,777, according to recent modelling. The national prevention programme pays for itself many times over. “This cut will not save £1 million, says Azad. “It will mean spending many millions in preventable treatment costs.”

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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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