Partner organisations joined LASS in a training session led by Juliet Kisob and Sadiya Mohamed. They looked at the role of community HIV testing in encouraging people to know their HIV status and to help reduce late diagnosis.
They were joined by HRH Prince Harry for workshops where they used a case study to look at how critical partnerships are to breaking down stigma and to identify new places for LASS to test in our 30th year. In Leicester 59% of patients are diagnosed late, which is 20% higher than the national average.
Prince Harry unveiled a plaque marking his visit and 30 years of LASS. He invited trustee Evernice Tirivanhu to assist him She said: “It’s quite a special day for us.
“People living with HIV have to fight a lot of stigma, and to find that members of the royal family are willing to come and support the charity is very encouraging.”
Prince Harry’s visit came as the National AIDS Trust reported “an alarming trend for cutting or completely decommissioning HIV support services across England and Wales”.
LASS has been absolutely delighted to welcome partner organisations yesterday. By working together we demonstrate unity within the voluntary sector and strengthen the approach of social care, support and advocacy across Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and the East Midlands.
- Salma Ravat: One Roof Leicester Manager
- Shirley Godber: Reaching People
- Nadine Coogan: Moneywise Plus
- Benedetta Baimaverde: Refugee Service Coordinator British Red Cross (@BritishRedCross)
- Dr Ian Stephenson: HIV Consultant University Hospitals Leicester
- Dr Fatima Ibrahim HIV Consultant University Hospitals Leicester
- Bushra Ali: Bushra Ali Solicitors Immigration specialists (@BushraSolicitor)
- Michael Moreton: Community Advice and Law Service (@CALS_UPDATE)
- Chris Poole :Acting Project Manager, Shelter Housing Aid and research Project Leicester
- Sal Khalifa – TRADE Sexual Health service (@Trade_S_Health)
- Maggie Brown: New Futures
- Pastor Mark Anthony Pasimupindu: Church for All Nations International (@cfaniuk1)
- Dibo Enaw: Christian Women Fellowship Movement (CWF)
- Fatiya Saad: Sisters for Islam
- Lillian and Julian Howell Holy Trinity Church (@holytrinityleic)
- LASS Volunteer HIV Community Testers: Nigar Sadik & Miriam Katche
- Pamela Campbell Morris: West Indian Senior Citizens LAT Project
- Denese Clarke: artist and volunteer
- Khadijo Omar: Volunteer student on placement
- Ola Meshach LASS Sexual Health Volunteer
- George N’Kashama: African Community Groups
- Mandigo Ndelani: African Barbers & Businesses
- Lee Howe – East Midlands African HIV Partnership (@AHPN) & Healthy Hub Roadshow Project
- Barbara Butler – retired Trustee
- Lorin Adams: Sexpression (@SexpressionLeic)
- East Midlands AISD: Amdani Juma
- Judy Fallon: Leicester LGBT Centre (@LeicesterLGBT)
- David Hopkins: Mindfulness Trainer
- Paschal Bagonza City of Sanctuary (@LeicesterCoS)& Pride Without Borders
You can find coverage of Prince Harry’s visit to LASS, and other Leicester Projects from the following news outlets. Photographs from the training session are in the gallery below.