Peer Support: We are here to support you…
Learning to live with HIV can sometimes be difficult, even overwhelming. But you don’t need to do it alone; we are here to support you.
No one can understand that better than a person who is also HIV positive – a peer mentor. They will help you to live well and give you the tools to be able to better manage your HIV. Our peer mentors are experts from experience and will provide you with a safe place where you can voice any concerns you have.
Peer Mentors can:
- Be a positive role model
- Listen to your concerns and understand them
- Help you to navigate the health care system
- Answer some of your questions
- Link you to resources in the community
- Share their own life experience of living with HIV
- Suggest ways to better manage some of the challenges that living with HIV can present
You are not alone. Contact Antonio, our peer support coordinator by completing the online form click here, or call us on 020 7791 9314.
Experience of living with HIV?
Be a peer supporter!
We run monthly training sessions for new peer support mentors.
As well as our general peer support activities, we are also seeking volunteer peer supporters for sessions in one of our East London Hospital clinics for one half day a week, and an IT-knowledgeable person to support out on Line Peer Support project.
If you are able commit to at least 6 months (DRB checks will be undertaken) contact Antonio by clicking here or call 020 7791 9314.
Click here to download a role description (pdf).
Being diagnosed HIV positive creates a wide range of uncertainties and questions for most people.
Supporting our drop-in workshops, we regularly hold our Recently Diagnosed course. Over 8 weeks we aim to give you both practical and emotional advice and support so you can regain your life with HIV. The course also includes sessions on healthy eating and exercise plus information on employment, mental health and advice on benefits.
Recently Diagnosed dates:
- Starts Saturday 14th May, continues on Wednesdays evening for 8 sessions
- Starts Saturday 24th September, continues on Wednesdays evening for 8 sessions
Click here to download the course outlines (pdf).
If you need general advice or information about living with HIV, our trained advisers are available on 020 7791 2855, through face-to-face meetings at our main centre or at our outreach advice clinics.