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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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New Training

Here is the new programme of training from LASS to run from March to May 2011. We have some interesting topics and contributors to these sessions.

To book, please fill in the form at the bottom of this post. To book multiple sessions, please fill in the form again for each course, or mention in the Comments section.

Thursday 2nd June 10-12.30

  • HIV, Immigration & Asylum – with personal stories and information from IAS. This session will enable participants to gain an understanding of the complex laws of immigration and asylum and how it affects those living with HIV.

Monday 23rd May

HIV & Employment 2-4.30

HIV and Employees 6-8

  • Myths and misconceptions of HIV and its transmission, an explanation of the employment law for employers of people Living with HIV and an overview of the rules of the DDA 2005 and what its like for an employee living with HIV.

Wednesday 13th April 10-4

  • HIV & Criminalisation – Discussion and fact sharing on the controversy surrounding the laws of criminal HIV transmission. This session will be of interest to anyone practicing law, in the police force or criminal justice system and anyone living with HIV.

Thursday 12th May 2-4.30

  • HIV: The Basics – elementary information about HIV, transmission, risks, testing and medication. This will be of interest to anyone who currently has limited knowledge about HIV.

Date to be advised – in May

  • Spreading the HIV message to my community: This session will be led by members of African community groups who are actively promoting knowledge, will and power about HIV to their communities in different ways. They will share their approaches, experiences and feedback about the effect on their communities.

Please Note: Courses are FREE – however cancellations must be made in writing (post or email) to LASS or  (training@lass.org.uk) at least 2 working days prior to the session date otherwise a cancellation fee of £50 will be charged.  You will receive confirmation of the cancellation in writing.

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