“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for last week’s event. I thought that it was brilliantly organised and particularly admired how it was led by service users. I’m really glad that I could attend and can now promote Skyline across St Anne’s”.
Working with BHA Leeds Skyline from start to present has been nothing short of a miracle and Positive Plus One would not be where it is today without the efforts of the whole team. I was greeted with open arms and provided with second to none eduction, advice and support from both staff and those being supported.A fantastic charity that truly help all those within its reach. If you’re looking for support.. then look no further.
Brotherton Wing Clinic / LTHT HIV out-patient service have a very strong, productive and extremely important partnership with BHA Leeds Skyline HIV support service. BHA’s support services have been crucial in helping our service involve, inform and reassure our service users about this significant changes and in doing so have helped ensure that this move has gone as smoothly as possible for our service users. BHA Skyline support workers are present at BWC three times a week, support our BWC patient focus groups and our staff attend Skyline service user groups on a regular basis too. There is almost daily communication between our two services which enables our service users to have easy access to support services as needed. We have recently met with BHA Leeds Skyline to reflect on all the change our service has been through and to look at how we can adapt further to continue to improve our partnership for the benefit of our patient cohort. Without our strong partnership with Leeds Skyline HIV support service our HIV service at BWC would be unable to provide the level of support that our large cohort requires and would also struggle with patient engagement as Leeds Skyline provides such an important voice for our service users.
Helen Wildebore writes-
“The British Institute of Human Rights is pleased to be working with BHA Leeds Skyline on our project Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy. The project aims to ensure people with mental health issues have increased control and autonomy over treatment decisions, and make sure they are treated with dignity and respect. Through the partnership with BHA Leeds Skyline, the project has engaged with more than 20 third sector organisations in local learning events, and empowered people using mental health services directly including BHA’s PACT Group and Women’s Group. BIHR has trained BHA Leeds Skyline staff and volunteers on human rights and we are now beginning to collect stories of how they are using human rights in their work to support people with mental health issues. We are also very grateful for the staff and volunteers for their ideas and guidance on a suite of new resources for people who use mental health services, which are available for free download at – www.bihr.org.uk “
Parveen Ayub writes-
“It’s been fantastic to work with BHA Skyline, the support and advice we received when carrying out our work on access to dentistry for people with HIV was invaluable. The input from Skyline’s service users has been instrumental in shaping our recommendations on improving dentistry services and their knowledge of people with blood borne viruses”.
‘It was useful to have the two perspectives & the opportunity to ask questions was good.’
‘Really informative session with some useful facts and figures presented.’
‘I found it very interesting and learnt a lot. It was well worthwhile attending and the two presenters were very good.’
‘Very informative, up to date and clear. Space to ask questions was helpful.’
‘Just my thanks. Their presentation was very informative.’
‘I thought it was a brilliant session. So informative and I learnt loads. It’s great listening to people who really know a lot about their subject matter. It would be brilliant if all our commissioned services could have a similar session.’
“Thank you ever so much for hosting me at BHA Skyline for my special project placement. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Every member of staff were immensely supportive, helpful and friendly, it really helped to make me feel welcomed. I definitely see why the service users come back to you time and time again. It was a truly memorable and invaluable learning experience, and I full appreciated all of the efforts.”