For the past 23 years, we, the Actionplus Foundation, have worked hard to fulfil our vision that those affected by HIV should not experience poverty, ill health and prejudice. Exploring ways we could further our impact we decided we’d create an empowerment centre, a place for education, health checks, support, and enjoyment for young people.
The empowerment centre is based in Lewisham. Lewisham, with the 8th highest rate of HIV in London (8.2 in 1,000 residents), is the greatest place to open the first empowerment centre, and this centre has enabled us to host variety of services to young people who live in Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark and beyond.
An empowerment centre could not come at a more important time as this; it is estimated that one in five people in London with HIV including young people do not know that they have it. With this Empowerment programme we are changing the lives of young people and people living with HIV within the south of London community which has the highest of the HIV infection in the whole of UK.
What we deliver:
• We host regular empowerment workshops for those living with HIV
• We train young people as peer educators and HIV ambassadors
• We run bi-weekly support sessions
We recruit professional volunteers who are Doctors, nurses and clinicians who support our training programmes. We also use our experienced staff to continue delivering invaluable projects in London and beyond targeting young people to prevent the spread of HIV infection among the youth.
With our 23 years track record of delivering successful HIV projects here in the UK and in Africa through the Take Action Now Project, and the campus HIV Empowerment Programme (CHEP) to fight against HIV stigma among young people and succeeded.