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Support Groups

We provide a wide range of group activities.  These include formal discussion or topic led sessions to more informal peer support sessions.  We offer group support sessions during the day, evenings and on Saturdays and also provide more holistic sessions to improve health and well-being or social activities.

Some of our groups are open to all and have a diverse group of people who attend.  These include:

  • – Health and well-being sessions – evening sessions which       look at a variety of ways to improve health and well-being such as yoga, exercise, mindfulness, meditation, art, nutrition.
  • – Saturday Soup – monthly support sessions available to all with a variety of activities taking place.

Some of our group sessions are tailored for particular groups, to allow for the support and topics to be focused and tailored to their needs.  For example:

  • – PACT – an evening support group for positive gay, bisexual and trans men
  • – Valour – a daytime support group for positive women
  • – Together4Life – a weekend support group for positive and affected young people

Please speak to a member of our support team or see our events page for dates/times and details of specific activities.  If you have not attended a group session before, please speak to a member of the team before attending.

Valour – Women’s group – Friday 11.30 am – 2.00 pm

Valour is vibrant and welcoming support group for BME women living with HIV. Sessions are every 2 weeks and focus on all aspects of life including health, education, employment, relationships and family matters and confidence building and self-esteem. We also enjoy various arts and crafts activities and social events to local attractions. It is also a chance to meet other women in a safe and confidential environment. Childcare is provided on site, and is free of charge. Come and join us, we have lots to share.

Together 4 Life – Young people’s group – Saturday from 2pm

Together 4 Life is a group for young people aged 12-18 who are living with HIV or affected by HIV. The group meets for support, trips and other activities such as dance and drama workshops, healthy living sessions, confidence-building, meeting new people and lots more. It’s a great opportunity to meet other young people in a safe and friendly environment. The group meets every 6 weeks on a Saturday from 2pm, and if you’re interested in attending, please call for further information.

PACT (Positive And Coping Together)- Gay, Bisexual, MSM and Trans*  men’s group – Tuesday 6-8pm

Members are from all backgrounds and are of all ages and length of time they have been living with HIV; from newly diagnosed to men who have been HIV positive for 20 years+. The men offer peer support based on their experiences of living with HIV and how to deal with difficulties that may arise in your life. Disclosure, mental health, drug use, negotiating safer sex, isolation, treatments and broader sexual health have all been recent discussion points in the group. Sessions are planned based on what the group decide is relevant or important to them.

The group is confidential, supportive and an opportunity to meet other men.

Saturday Soup – open to all – Saturday 11.30 am – 1.30 pm – last Saturday of the month.

Our Saturday social runs on the last Saturday of the month and provides the opportunity to meet new people.  See our events page for further details.