Tag Archives: CCG

National Aids Trust Press Release on Late Diagnosis in Hertfordshire

Hi all,

Below is a press release from the National Aids Trust asking Hertfordshire County Council to tackle the chronically high levels of late diagnosis in the County. Some areas have rates of over 25% above the national average, with the majority of these being in the west of the County.

We feel this is proof that the current countywide service is concentrating far too much effort in the East and North and not enough in the West. Figures published by Public Health England show that late diagnosis rates in Three Rivers, 67% Watford 52% St Albans 53% Dacorum 60% whereas North Herts is just 35%…

We really feel it is time Herts County Council and the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group reinstated funding for our testing service that they decommissioned 4 years ago. Please feel free to write/email/tweet your County Councillor and MP asking that this be made a priority!

See a copy of the press release below..

Click Here Hertfordshire – Late Diagnosis rates above national average

Don’t forget if you think you may have been exposed to HIV or haven’t ever tested then you can do so using one of our postal testing kits. The service is entirely free and confidential, you can test at home or at our premises, collect a kit from us or ask for one to be posted to you. the results will be delivered to us after you have posted your sample. Please see our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk or email testing@thecrescent.org.uk for more details.

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, People to Contact, The Crescent general, Useful Documents

Our Latest News Letter & Other News !

Hi all,

It’s been a while since we updated our blog, apologies to all those who have been missing our updates. Suffice to say lots going on as ever, have restarted our testing services with a postal self sampling HIV testing kit (currently the only service outside London to do so)

This enables the individual to take a very small sample of blood at home or on our premises (similar to a diabetic blood sugar test) post the sample to the lab who then relay the result to us to deliver to you by an appropriate method. Entirely free and convenient and the test is more accurate than the current Insti testing systems as the sample is tested in a laboratory. Also the window period is shorter at 28 days too. This means a shorter wait from possible exposure to being able to test.

More info on this can be found on our website on the testing page http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/testing/ or by emailing testing@thecrescent.org.uk where you can also request a kit to be sent to you. Alternatively just call in to the Crescent where you can pick up a test kit at any time we are open.

We will shortly also be restarting our instant result testing service too, keep watching this space !

In other news we had amazing feedback from our Stand Tall Get Snapped Exhibition at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban during the World Aids Day period in December 2014. So many people left messages of support and encouragement in the visitors book during the fortnight and the Cathedral observed that it was perhaps the best exhibition they had hosted in the ten years, high praise indeed !

A copy of our latest newsletter can be found on our website at http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/news/newsletters/ too

Loads more events coming up, including a concert, an open day, another busking event and more ! Keep watching this space… Sunday Lunches are the first Sunday of every month and our weekly Tuesday lunches continue as ever, more details on our website at http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/events/

Thanks again for all your support, once again we struggle for funds this year as ever but with your help we are sure we will still be here this time next year ! If you would like to make a donation at anytime please visit our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/donate/ where you can find info on how to do so online, by text, post or whilst you shop too !

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Donate, Fundraisers, Latest News, The Crescent general

Quiz Night 24th May – Article In the Herts Advertiser Today

Hi all,

Article talking about Eggheads and our forthcoming quiz which is being hosted and organised by our wonderful Patron CJ de Mooi the former Egghead star and all round good guy!

Please see here for the article;

Newspaper Article HA 250413

looking forward to seeing many of you on the night, more details of the quiz here;

The Crescent Quiz Night Poster 240513

Thank you for your continued support,

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Donate, Fundraisers, Latest News, The Crescent general

A Huge Thank You !

Dear all,

Thank you to all who came to our benefit concert Friday evening and made the event such a success. Thanks also to those generous people who made donations even though they couldn’t attend, and to those who have made donations since. Great to have so much support, raise awareness of HIV in the community, and also raise much needed funds for the Crescent.

Again thank you to the local residents and friends who organised and funded the event, also to St Saviours for the wonderful venue. Thanks also to the Hertfordshire Chamber Ensemble for their fantastic performance, and to our Patrons CJ de Mooi and James Wharton for their help with making the evening such a great one. There are more events to follow, please keep watching this space.

Thanks as ever for your continuing support.

The Crescent Team.

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

Benefit Concert Programme 22nd Feb 2013

Hi all,

Thanks for all the enquiries about the evening, please see the programme below for details of the benefit concert on 22nd Feb at St Saviours, Sandpit Lane from 8pm. Hope to see you all there, thanks to all those who have worked so hard to make this happen for us and donated everything, absolutely outstanding generosity!

More to come, keep watching this space !

Thank again,

The Crescent Team

CB1008 The Crescent Charity Concert Programme FOR WEB

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

Wonderful News From The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans

Dear all,

Fantanstic news !! The Cathedral have made a substantial donation to the Save The Crescent Fund !! We are very pleased to receive such a kind and generous gift and this is a great start to our fundraising appeal.

This means we will be able to restart more services sooner than expected to help those living with, or affected by HIV, in the Diocese. This along with several other generous donations from local people, and from further afield, is helping us maintain our much needed services.

The Crescent on behalf of their members would like to express their heartfelt thanks for this donation which is a great start to our forthcoming fundraising event. We are now looking forward to the concert on 22nd of February which we expect will be a great success, and hope will bring more much needed funds for our service.

Tomorrow there will be an article in the Hertfordshire Advertiser about the benefit concert on 22nd Feb, details of which we will post here shortly.

Thanks once again to the Cathedral and of course to all of you providing us with such wonderful support!

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

The Crescent Charity Benefit Concert 22nd February From 8PM

Dear all,

More info on the forthcoming benefit concert being held at St Saviours Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans on Friday 22nd February 2013 from 8PM.

It will be an evening of light classical and popular music featuring a wind instrument ensemble, barbershop group and saxophone quartet.

Tickets starting at £12 (£10 concessions) are available to reserve in advance, and can also be purchased on the night. Full details of the programme by the Hertfordshire Chamber Ensemble, who are putting together the event for us entirely free of charge, will follow next week.

Our Patron CJ de Mooi will also be making a guest appearance, and performing too, along possibly with some others. More details on this shortly.

Refreshments will be available, all proceeds from the event will be going to the Crescent, and we would like to thank everyone involved for their kind generosity

Keep watching this space, more details of the programme next week, You can reserve tickets through the Crescent in St Albans, email info@thecrescent.org.uk, or call 01727 842532. Tickets will also be available on the night itself, however the events are usually extremely popular so do contact us to reserve your tickets.

Look forward to seeing you there,

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general