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Terrence Higgins Trust calls for volunteers to support older Africans with HIV in London

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HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for volunteers in London to help with a new project to improve the emotional, financial and physical well-being of older Africans with HIV.

 

Health Wealth and Happiness (www.tht.org.uk/hwh) is a pilot initiative funded by the Silver Dreams Fund, a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and the Daily Mail. It caters for people living with HIV who are aged 50 and over, offering a range of free services to support their individual needs.

 

The project was funded following Terrence Higgins Trust and Age UK’s ground-breaking research 50 Plus, which found that older people with HIV are more likely to be financially disadvantaged and twice as likely to experience other long-term health problems compared to others their age without HIV. As a result, many have serious worries for their future.

 

After an initial assessment, people signed up to Health Wealth and Happiness are paired with a mentor of a similar age, who they meet for one-to-one support on a regular basis. Clients can also attend a number of groups and workshops, set up to provide guidance in areas such as managing finances, expanding their social networks, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more complex financial issues, such as welfare benefits, housing and employment, and debt advice, the project has a dedicated worker who can provide advice and undertake casework.

 

The project is looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles, although it is particularly keen to receive applications for mentors and group facilitators. These roles are open to anyone who is aged 50 or above (whether HIV-positive or HIV-negative), and full training will be provided.

 

Charlie Witzel, Project Coordinator for Health Wealth and Happiness, said: “Volunteers are at the heart of Terrence Higgins Trust and we would not be able to do the work we do without them. This is such a worthwhile project, and we have lots of volunteering opportunities on offer. In return for giving us your time, we will provide all the training and support you need. Volunteering isn’t just a great chance to make a difference to someone else; it’s also a fantastic way to give back to the community, develop skills and make new friends.”

 

For further information on volunteering with Terrence Higgins Trust in London, please contact Chris McGoldrick on (020) 7812 1721, or email chris.mcgoldrick@tht.org.uk.

 

For information on joining the project as a participant, please call (020) 7812 1615, or email healthwealthandhappiness@tht.org.uk.

 

About Terrence Higgins

For press information, please contact Jenny Cameron at Terrence Higgins Trust on (020) 7812 1625, or email jenny.cameron@tht.org.uk.

 

Notes to Editor

  1. Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity with centres across England, Scotland, and Wales. We’re here to provide information and advice about HIV and sexual health and offer a range of services including sexual health checks, counselling and support groups. We campaign for a world where people with HIV live healthy lives, free from prejudice and discrimination, and we promote good sexual health as a right and reality for all.

 

Visit www.myhiv.org.uk, our new site for everyone living with HIV in the UK, for accredited information, self management tools, interactive web services and community forums. Terrence Higgins Trust relies on donations to deliver a wide range of services. To make a donation, or to find out about everything that we do visit www.tht.org.uk

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