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LASS & Faith In People


Commencing from 8th June 2016, a new Information and Advice Service for people with HIV and their carers.

  • Access to computers
  • Access to telephones
  • Experienced and qualified advisors

This service will help you navigate the systems and point you to where you can access benefits, housing, debt, the NHS, employment, immigration and other issues. The services are available from both LASS and Faith in People at the following times-

Day LASS Faith in People
Monday By appointment, self-help, telephone and email

11.30 am – 4:30pm

By appointment and Telephone and email. 8am – 12:30pm
Tuesday Drop in, face to face advisor support and self-help.

10am – 4.30

By appointment and telephone and email. 8am-12:30pm


Wednesday By appointment, self-help, telephone and email

10am – 4:30pm

5.30-7.30 by telephone only

Telephone, email, Drop In  and by appointment 8am-4:00pm
Thursday By appointment, telephone and email

10am – 4:30pm

By appointment and Telephone and email
Friday Drop in, face to face advisor support and self-help.

10am – 4.30pm

Telephone and email
Weekends No Service Telephone Only

Please use only one service for each issue. Duplication doesn’t speed up processes, it makes them more complicated. If a service is needed urgently, staff will arrange referrals between the organisations.

Both services continue to provide a range of support with other funding. Please see our leaflets, websites, blogs or social media for more information.

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Farewell Celia,


LASS is preparing for more change as Celia Fisher plans to leave us in September.

Celia has provided LASS with the benefit of her excellent knowledge, skills, commitment and belief in our work for almost 11 years having joined LASS for a 3 month temporary part time post in 2004.

Our organisation and work have grown around her and she has made a huge difference to our profile locally, regionally and nationally.

Her training courses, community development, research and delivery and development of our community testing service and prisons work are just some of the excellent initiatives she is leading on here at LASS.

She will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow, we are currently looking at how we might replace her so please stay turned to this blog for further information about this.

We know Celia plans to travel and will visit some of the people who LASS know who are now abroad.  We hope to capitalise on some of her travelling experiences to continue to develop our work in future, so we don’t intent to let her escape too far!

On behalf of all of LASS; Past, Present & Future – farewell Celia and safe journey!


Next Volunteer Induction Meeting with HIV & Hepatitis Update Training afterwards


Our next Volunteer meeting will be on 29th January 2015 and consists 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).

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.

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).

We have a very interesting year ahead, 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.

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 26 years.

HIV & Hepatitis Update


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


Following out Volunteer meeting, we’re delivering a HIV & Hepatitis update between 13:00 – 15:00hrs, facilitated & developed by LASS’s Celia Fisher.

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.

We hope you’ll join us this Thursday, 29th January at 11:00am at 11:00am at The Michael Wood Centre, we’d love to hear from you.

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Trustee’s Annual Report 2013/2014


LASS continues to provide a vital service to its service users. It remains a difficult job to maintain our funding levels in order that we can continue to provide that service. As chair of the board of trustees I extend our gratitude to all our funders, amongst whom are all the local Councils and many other institutions and organisations. Furthermore, there are donations from individuals whose contributions, no matter how modest are greatly appreciated and very valued.

The work which LASS does would not be possible without the time contributions which our many volunteers make. Volunteers are essential to what we do and whether it be the giving of time to assist in the kitchen, answer the phones or assist as a trustee on the board, without our volunteers being so generous with their time we could not function.

Over the last year LASS has been involved in many projects, we have contributed to National Testing Week and World Aids Day as ever. We continue to provide an accessible and popular testing service. We organized a very popular Women’s Conference at De Montfort University at which the key note speaker was Liz Kendall MP. A number of positive women spoke at this conference and gave very moving accounts of their experiences. The conference was also addressed by senior medics who work locally with HIV and a number of other women from different professional backgrounds gave presentations on various other topics. So successful was this day that we plan to organise more.

LASS remains sensitive to and reactive to the need of our service users. We encourage feedback from our service users and do our best to anticipate what their future needs might be. We continue to work closely with other local organisations and charities concerned in sexual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, we are assisting in research projects with both local Universities and continuing to develop our research capacity more internationally.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu continues to be our international patron and we are very grateful to him for the interest he continues to demonstrate in the activities of LASS and his involvement in our World Aids Day projects.

Sadly we lost Michael Louttit this year. One of the projects which Michael was very involved with in the past was our work with the local prisons and probation and trying to develop our work with people living with Hepatitis. That work continues to grow and develop and stands as a memorial to Michael.
Considerable work has been done in the last year to restructure LASS and prepare for us to become incorporated. This has been an essential but complex project.
Looking to the future, we will continue to provide the high levels of service to our service users, doing our best to ensure that we maintain our funding levels in order to do so. Our collaborative work will continue in the community and we will remain dynamic and optimistic about the future.

Finally, on behalf of the board of trustees I extend our gratitude to Jenny and her team who work for LASS who continue to do an outstanding job for LASS.

Click here for your copy of our annual report 2013/2014

Patrick Bowe

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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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We’re Recruiting! Vacancy: Well for Living Manager



  • Job Title: Well for Living Manager
  • Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
  • Hours: 37 Per Week (Fixed Term until the end of May 2015 in the first instance)
  • Salary: £23,215

Well for Living, the Social Enterprise for LASS (Leicestershire AIDS Support Services) is recruiting for a Manager.  Well for Living, is a community support agency which offers a choice of personal support services to individuals.

Our clients choose Well for Living to help support domestic tasks such as cleaning, laundry or gardening to social needs like outings and trips.  Well for Living also engages in projects to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, we provide community support services providing catering, training or consultancy services to the wider community.

Our clients choose Well for Living to help support domestic tasks such as cleaning, laundry or gardening to social needs like outings and trips.  Well for Living also engages in projects to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, we provide community support services providing catering, training or consultancy services to the wider community.  

The Well for Living manager will lead and manage Well for Living (LASS Social Enterprise Ltd) in the delivery of a range of income generating wellbeing services and opportunities, and to ensure these are compliant with all legislative and quality requirements and in keeping with the 3 main delivery areas in our strategic plan – personal support, community support and product sales.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and ensure delivery a range of high quality personal support services to people in their homes including marketing and promotion, assessment of new clients and allocation of case work, monitoring, quality assurance, and liaison with finance for invoicing.

Additionally, the role will manage the delivery of awareness raising events and training for sexual health and HIV, the LASS café and room hire services as contracted by, and in liaison with LASS managers. This will include management of sessional and part time staff, booking and allocation of resources, budget management, promotion and development of services, quality assurance.

The ideal candidate will have education or training in Business Management, Customer Care, Education, Training, or Health and Social Care level 3 or equivalent.  Excellent project planning skills and experience in providing education or training, care or support services.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the successful candidate will be a self-starter, competent with Microsoft Office packages and will report on feedback and outcome delivery on a regular basis.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, 29th April 2014 at 12:00 noon.

Interviews will be held on Friday, 2nd May 2014.




Training Sessions at LASS


LASS offer a range of training workshops to educate and inform on a variety of aspects on HIV.  Heres our schedule from February to March 2014.  All sessions include group discussions and some include guest speakers. Please book using the LASS training booking form (word) (pdf) and email it to training@lass.org.uk.  ALternatively, please call 0116 2559995. 

HIV Basics

Friday 14th March 10.30 – 13:00

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

HIV & the Law
Friday 28th March: 09:30 – 13:30 (with Robert James)

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. (For full details and to book, please visit this post).

HIV and New testing opportunities workshop
Friday 11th April: 10:00 – 13:00

A workshop on home testing – exploring what the implications of home testing (e.g. inter alia competence in self testing, state of mind of the tester, social implications after receiving one’s result etc), what measures can be put in place in order to ensure it is a success e.g. working with kit providers such as pharmacies

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

HIV & Relationships
Friday 25th April: 10: – 13:00 

There will be several workshops 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

FRIDAY 5TH MAY: 10:00 – 13:00 (NEW FUTURES)

We have had to postpone the above training session from February to Friday 5th May.  We will set up eventbrite booking for this and will provide more information closer to the time of training.

Prostitution: Perception & ideology

  • The aim of the session is to demonstrate how and why some people get involved in prostitution, try and dispel some myths and stereotypes of those concerned and why they may remain in the street and indoor prostitution (issues involved could be love for sex, supplementing income, not getting enough sex from partner etc, adventure)
  • The session has been designed to demonstrate how prevailing belief systems about prostitution in society have a direct often negative impact on the lives of those involved
  • The session will also explore the impact that being involved in prostitution has on an individuals’ health, welfare, education and sexual health

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

Celia Fisher
Sexual Health Promotion Coordinator

Tel: 0116 255 9995
Fax: 0116 255 9979
E-mail: training@lass.org.uk