We're here for you to get the support you need.
We currently offer four Support Groups: Finding Your Way, Positive Life, Women’s Support Group and Green Light. Please get in touch if you feel our support groups are right for you.
Finding your way
Living with an HIV Diagnosis programme
This program is designed to provide you with the opportunity to understand your diagnosis, and to learn more about living with HIV . The program will also provide you with an opportunity to meet others that share your experiences and can offer emotional and practical support. Specific topics explored include:
- Manging your diagnosis
- Living well with HIV
- Understanding HIV and the Law
- Understanding treatment options and U=U (undetectable equal untrasmittable)
- Successful relationships and disclosure
- Dispelling stigma
The programme consists of six session that run as a rolling program.
The interactive sessions are held on Thursday evenings and run for one and a half hours.
Positive Life (LGBT support group)
If you are HIV+ and you live/work/access your HIV care in the East London area and identify as a gay or bi male/trans you’re assured a warm welcome at Positive Life.
The group meets up on the last Tuesday of each month to get together with like-minded people and share our experiences, views and opinions on both HIV and non-HIV related matters. Our focus is on life-enrichment and we often have guest-speakers in to inspire and stimulate our members, such as gay writers, political activists and prominent figures in the gay community who always have something to say! We also have plenty of social events such as BBQs, activities and parties.
For more information please contact Greg on 020 7791 9322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Light (open to anyone living with HIV)
If you are HIV+ and live/work/access your HIV care in the East London are and you identify as a heterosexual you are most welcome at Green Light. The group meets in the evening every two months on the last Wednesday. The focus of Green Light is to promote living well with HIV.
A creche is available on request/booking, and we provide a delicious hot meal for all and travel expenses for those who have no source of income.
If you would like to know more information about Green Light get in touch with Resty on 02077919377 or email@example.com.
Women’s support group
This is a women-only group to provide a safe environment to discuss issues that affect them such as child bearing and menopause.
The group provides a creche on request, delicious hot meal for all and travel expenses to those who have no source of income.
If you would like to know more information about our Women’s Support Group, please contact Resty on 02077919377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a support group
Want more information or are interested in attending one of our support groups? Complete the form below and one of our team will get in touch with you. You can also contact us at 020 7791 2855.
Information and Advice
Here for you to get the advice and information you need
Our specialist AQS certified Advice Service is tiered and tailored for your circumstances. Upon contacting us, a member of the Advice Team will guide you to help identify the challenges you may be facing and together we will develop a support plan.
We can help with:
Information, advice and support around HIV related issues including: Welfare benefit advice, basic housing issues, nutrition, immigration, employment issues referrals and we provide practical support to help you access health and other governmental and local authority services.
How we deliver the Advice Service:
Our skilled and experienced staff and volunteers are available by telephone, email or through face-to-face meetings. The service can be accessed at our Stepney Green Centre, or at our outreach venues in all East London HIV clinics.
Face-to-face meetings last approximately 1 hour and are by appointment only.
Outreach Advice Clinics
Our Information and Advice outreach sessions are based at all the east London clinics and provide convenience for who are not able to travel to our offices in Stepney Green.
Our outreach sessions are available at the following times and locations:
Graham Hayton, Royal London, Whitechapel E1 1BB
Appointments available Fridays
Greenway Centre, Newham Hospital Plaistow E13 8SL
Appointments available all day Thursdays
DOSH, Homerton Hospital, Homerton E9 6SR
Appointments available Fridays
Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone E11 1NR
Appointments available Wednesdays
Outpatients East, Barking Community Hospital, Barking IG11 9LX
Appointments available Tuesday and Thursday mornings
Sometimes people who are affected by HIV need the opportunity to talk through their problems and concerns.
Our Counselling and Psychotherapy Service provides free and confidential one-to-one support.
What counselling can help with:
- Recent diagnosis
- Illness or disability
- Starting medication
- Stigma and Discrimination
- Traumatic experiences
- Sexual assault
- Childhood experiences
- Self confidence
- Low self esteem
- Changes and transitions
Aims of the Service
To provide confidential counselling, psychotherapeutic or psychological support to people affected by HIV who are experiencing problems related to stressful or traumatic life events. We aim to improve mental health and to support people in leading an independent life.
Health & Wellbeing
Our Health & Wellbeing programme is here to help you live well with HIV
There’s more to us than just helping with your ‘day-to-day’ advice and support concerns. We can also help with a wider range of both practical and holistic services that can improve or positively contribute towards your overall wellbeing.
Most of our courses and activities are located at our main office in Stepney Green.
Health and Wellbeing: Courses and Seminars
Our Health and Wellbeing courses range from the specific and practical, like smoking cessation, improving nutrition, and sleep hygiene to informative seminars and holistic therapies designed to improve knowledge and develop self-management skills that enhance your overall sense of wellbeing
Additional to the courses and seminars, our Health and Wellbeing programme includes gym and fitness services, Swedish body massage therapy, Yoga classes, Indian Head Massage, and 2 weekly meditation sessions. The Positive Eats Internet Cafe is available to all service users, offering delicious and nutritious low cost lunches, as well as access to computer use and internet connection
Yoga: Held here at Positive East every Tuesday at 15:00 and every Thursday evening from 17:30 to 19:00
Indian Head Massage: Tuesday evenings – By appointment only
Swedish body massage: Monday appointments at 10:00, 11:15 and 13:15 – appointments through Reception or Andre Smith (020 7791 9333)
Mindfulness Meditation sessions: every Monday afternoon from 12.30 to 13:15 and every Wednesday afternoon from 14:00 to 14:45.
Positive East gym: Keep fit and get healthy! Open Monday to Saturday (excl public holidays), our popular gym is free to use and equipped with a range of up-to-date equipment suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced.
*Health & Safety policy requires that all first timers to the gym (no matter your level of experience) are required to complete a brief induction with Agusto, our qualified gym instructor who will show you how to safely and best use the equipment.
*Inductions are also free and can be booked through Reception
Positive Eats cafe: Peckish? Looking for a healthy but affordable meal?
Positive Eats, our cafe is open Tuesday to Friday (excl public holidays) from 1pm, offering nutritious meals at affordable prices.
So, if you’re in the area, why not pop in and try some delicious, healthy and freshly-made food today!
Computer and internet access is located on the first floor – next to the Positive Eats Cafe
… And there’s more …
- Need help with your English? Want to improve your writing and reading skills? Our ESOL course (English for Speakers of Other Languages) will help you improve your skills for work – for studies – for life
- Don’t forget about our support groups! We have a number of support groups, which not only give you an opportunity to get updates on the issues which affect you on a day-to-day basis and also meet up with friends and socialise.
For a complete listing of our monthly and ongoing courses please check our calendar of events and activities. The same information is also regularly emailed to all clients in the form of our Health & Wellbeing Newsletter
* If you are unable to receive email from Positive East, or have limited access to the Internet, you can pick up a printed copy of the Health & Wellbeing Newsletter from Reception
Live well with HIV
Want more information about our Health & Wellbeing programme? Complete the form below and one of our team will get in touch with you. You can also contact us at 020 7791 2855.
We are here to support you
Learning to live with well 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 someone 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
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 would like more information about our Peer Support programme pleased contact Antonio. Antonio.email@example.com or by calling 020 7791 9314.
Whether you want to be a mentor or find a peer to talk to, we can help. Please complete the form or contact us at 020 7791 2855.
Re:Assure Women's Project
A specialist programme for HIV positive female refugees and asylum seekers and domestic violence survivors
The Re:Assure project is a dedicated project for refugee, asylum-seeking or migrant women who are living with HIV and who have experience traumatic events. The Re:Assure project supports women on their journey in overcoming traumatic experiences and consists of the following three components:
- The Self Expression, Sex & Relationships group – this group mainly focuses on relationships and helps to increase self esteem by improving women’s knowledge about various issues.
- The Tree of Life group – this group helps women to work through trauma by strengthening coping strategies & confidence, through sharing their stories and successes which then increases their ability to more effectively deal with past trauma.
- Individual psychology sessions – sessions to talk about various difficulties that may arise in a person’s life e.g. Anxiety, Depression, Low self-esteem, Recent diagnosis of HIV, Disclosing HIV status, Stigma, Trauma, Family difficulties, Relationship or sexual problems.