BBC and ITV news yesterday covered the launch of a pilot postal HIV testing service for residents in Birmingham in “At Risk” communities only.
The Crescent is very pleased to see that others are now providing this service and wish the team at HIVTestUK.com and Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service the very best in their endeavours to combat the late diagnosis issues in the Birmingham area. You can read more about the pilot here https://www.hivtestuk.com/hivtestuk-pilot-project-launches-in-birmingham/
We hope that Hertfordshire County Council takes note and implements quickly a similar programme to address the late diagnosis rates in Hertfordshire, particularly in West Herts, where rates are well above national average. Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health Mr McManus, coincidentally was also a joint Director of Public Health in Birmingham, and so we hope he will follow the direction they have taken without further delay.
We have been raising this issue for some two years, appealing to Mr McManus and Teresa Heritage, Herts County Council Cabinet member for Localism and Health, for funding for our postal service, but without success. Perhaps now there will be a change of direction, we certainly hope so!
Our postal service is not restricted to at risk groups and is free for all residents of Hertfordshire and beyond. It is quick, totally confidential, and very easy to do, we will support you throughout the process too. If you don’t want to test by post we do of course offer onsite instant result HIV testing by appointment.
Contact us on Testing@thecrescent.org.uk, visit our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk or call us on 01727 842532 to order a kit or find out more about the service.
The Crescent Team
Next events for our young persons group, HYPE are on 25th July and 22nd August from 2.30 to 5.30. If you are 16- 25 and living with or affected by HIV come along, meet other people in your situation, get support, have fun and relax in a safe environment at the Crescent in St Albans.
Call or email us for more details on 01727 842532 / 848908 / Hype@thecrescent.org.uk
HYPE is a group run both by and for young people living with HIV, currently meeting once a month at the Crescent, 19 Russell Avenue St Albans AL3 5ES.
You will be able to suggest activities you would like to do, play games, watch TV, make friends, get advice, share ideas and hopefully have fun along the way. All free and completely confidential, we look forward to seeing you soon!
The HYPE Team
Our next event will be another of our popular Busking days. It will take place on Saturday 15th August at the clock tower in St Albans from 1030 am to 4pm.
Once again a whole host of local musicians have generously donated their free time and fantastic talents to busk for us all day, help raise awareness and funds for us.
It promises to be as ever a very entertaining day and one not to be missed ! We are immensely grateful to all those who have offered to donate their time and energy to help out and of course to all those wonderfully talented people who will be performing on the day. More details of the line up in the poster below, please do come along to this free event, we are sure you will enjoy it!
Grateful thanks to Denise Parsons for organising the musicians and to the wonderful people at The Boot St Albans for providing the Gazebo again this year!
Thanks as ever for your continued support,
The Crescent Team
We have reached the final three in the Sainsbury’s local charity scheme !
Here is an excerpt from the Sainsbury’s website which explains more;
During May and June, our stores will select a shortlist of local registered charities for our customers to vote on. The charity with the most votes will be selected and supported over the next 12 months through fundraising and volunteering.
We have been very fortunate to reach this stage and we need you now to vote for us, the charity with the most votes (online or instore) will be the chosen charity for the next 12 months and could gain a whole wealth of support from Sainsbury’s.
Our local store is Everard Close St Albans AL1 2QU and we would be very grateful if you could take the time when in store to vote for us, or if you prefer you can do so online via the website link here https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/#about-nominations
Thanks as ever for your support, and thanks also to Sainsbury’s for including us in their scheme this year !
The Crescent Team
Sorry there has been a delay in updating our blog, so much going on very little time to talk about it ! Our 2nd open day was again a great success! Lots of cake baked by our lovely volunteers and supporters, great music from local bands who all donated their time and talent, fantastic atmosphere and a super sunny day, perfect ! Thank you to all that came along, bought raffle tickets (prize winners ticket numbers are on our face book site) donated, and found out more about our work and HIV.
Huge thanks also to all the many local businesses that supported the event and donated prizes for the raffle too. Chloe James Lifestyle, Heartwood Candles, Dylans at the Kings Arms, The Meating Room, I am Cocoa, Smokehouse Deli, Empire Records, Paul Eccentric, Starseedz, Gavin Murtagh, Vanessa, and many more, including Pasante Healthcare who helped sponsor the event and launch of our testing services.
We were thrilled that The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz took so much time out of his busy schedule to attend the event and also his amazing efforts selling raffle tickets! We raised a very healthy sum which will help us keep providing services for those in need. In particular it will go towards funding our instant result HIV and postal testing services, email email@example.com or call 01727 842532 for more details.
We look forward to welcoming you all again next year, and don’t forget our next event, a busking day, is on the 15th August at the Clock Tower in St Albans City Centre from 10.30 am. Look forward to seeing you there.
Thanks again for all your wonderful support as ever
The Crescent Team