In autumn 2007, after 5 years in temporary accomodation, Body & Soul opened the UK's only purpose-designed HIV support space for families affected by HIV. The charity deliver six targeted services that support each member of the family in their own right, across their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. It provides support with HIV, and the wider issues that they face, such as isolation, deprivation, debt, poor housing and immigration. Each week, 200 of Body & Soul‚Äôs registered members access the centre for support. From this flagship support centre, the only one of its kind, Body & Soul is now able to provide 'whole person' support to families to help them manage the complex and interlinked challenges that they face; on their own, and as a unit. Please help Body & Soul continue to deliver these essential services.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1060062)
This year it will cost Body & Soul around ¬£240,000 to maintain the new HIV support centre; a five-storey, purpose-designed space in central London built around the needs of its members. It will cost a further ¬£650,000 to deliver the six targeted support services for families. Grants of ¬£50,000+ will help Body & Soul to deliver key aspects of each of the six support services The charity would be delighted to provide more detailed information - please do get in contact. Six Targeted Support Groups: ‚Ä¢ The Children‚Äôs Service: for 0-9 yr olds in an OfSted-approved children‚Äôs centre that sits at the heart of the building ‚Ä¢ BASE: for 10-12yr olds. Some of the children in this group are aware of their HIV / HIV in their families, whilst others are not. ‚Ä¢ TeenSpirit: for 13-19 yr olds. All members of this group are fully aware of their HIV / HIV in their families ‚Ä¢ The Young Adults group; a new group in response to demand supporting 20-25yr olds, helping them to transition more-effectively into adulthood ‚Ä¢ Adults group: for parents / adults aged 25+ ‚Ä¢ Young Mums and pregnant women: another new group launched as a result of demand. Support proivided each week includes: ‚Ä¢ Skills-building workshops to share strategies for living with HIV and skills that will help members to lead active and fulfilled lives. For example: dealing with stigma, sticking to medication regimes, careers, building self-esteem, CV writing, accessing higher or further education, etc. This is delivered in-house by the Key Worker team, and by a range of expert partners. ‚Ä¢ Specialist casework support delivered with our partners Citizens Advice (money / debt, housing etc), and the Refugee Council (immigration). Both hold ongoing ‚Äòsatellite‚Äô clinics in the centre. ‚Ä¢ Advocacy support; writing hardship (funding) applications to minimise financial hardship, and providing help with issues relating to: legal rights; employment issues; poor housing; and accessing services for support. For example, a number of our members are struggling to support their families on ¬£60-¬£100 per week. ‚Ä¢ Counselling, delivered with our partners Terrence Higgins Trust. ‚Ä¢ Therapies. Based around massage, physiotherapy and other therapies, it recognises the link between well-being and people‚Äôs ability to manage the virus or the side-effects of medication. ‚Ä¢ Emotional and befriending (peer to peer) support, to decrease isolation and provide informal support links between people with similar challenges and experiences. ‚Ä¢ A library resource that provides guidance across a range of issues. It provides members with the chance to take control of their lives and self-manage their situation, whatever it might be.
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