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Busking Day and into 2016

Hi all,

A busy time since December apologies for the delay in updating our blog!

Our World Aids Day exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project in Luton at the Carnival Arts Centre was very well received indeed and we look forward to exhibiting this in other locations throughout 2016.

Our busking day in December raising awareness of HIV in the community and raising funds went exceptionally well with well almost £1500 raised. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event and of course to the wonderfully talented local musicians who donated their time and talent to make the event such a success yet again.

There will be another of these popular events coming up in the spring so keep watching this space for more details. We will have another open day during the summer and a concert plus a quiz so lots to look forward to.

Our creative writing course has got off to a good start and continues this year every two weeks, after the Tuesday lunch group, until the end of March. Details here: Write It Out at the Crescent

Regular events such as the Sunday Lunch continue with the first lunch on 24 January and then the last Sunday of every month thereafter. In addition our Tuesday lunch continues every week from 12.30.

This year we are continuing with our daily open access drop in service for advice, information, free condoms (by post or collect in person), emotional and practical support, bi monthly complementary therapy sessions, young persons group and free postal HIV testing services for all. Twice weekly counselling sessions are available (with appointments available on Tuesday evenings also) Regular outreach and training work is planned and there are more awareness events coming up.

Plenty to do, we cannot rest on our laurels as late diagnosis of HIV continues to be a problem in west Hertfordshire, most notably Hemel Hempstead and Watford areas in particular where rates continue to be well above national average.

We can’t do what we do without your help so thank you for helping  and supporting us in 2015, and we wish you all a happy healthy and prosperous 2016.

Keep watching this space for further updates and news of our next events.

The Crescent Team

 

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Busking Day 05 December from 11am

Another of our popular Busking days will take place at the Clock Tower in St Albans on Saturday 05 December from 11am to 4pm. A great line up and a surprise celebrity guest is due to make an appearance too.

This event is free aiming to help raise awareness of HIV in our community and of course funds for us via donations to enable us to keep providing services for all, and support those already affected by HIV in our community.

Please do come along, spare some change if you can, we need you as much as ever. Most importantly though find our more about HIV, and what it means to be HIV positive, ask our volunteers for help and advice, collect free condoms.

More information below on the line up of the fabulous local musicians who donate their free time, and immense talent, to make this event such a popular one.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

Busking Dec 05

 

 

 

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Herts Advertiser Article on HIV

We spoke to the Herts Advertiser last week about the unfolding Hollywood HIV story.

We feel it immensely unfair that Mr Sheen has been forced to disclose his status, no-one should have to do this, and certainly not in such a public way.

The hysteria and hype leading up to this event has, we feel, set back the fight against HIV Stigma considerably. Echoing days of the 1980’s with sensational headlines and alarmist commentary does nothing to help, and forcing people to publicly disclose their status creates fear and misunderstanding.

This is immensely frustrating and damaging we feel, we spend so much time trying to undo this sort of misinformation and hysteria about HIV.We are very grateful for the chance to air our views, we wish Mr Sheen the very best and hope that this furore fades soon.

Our fear is that more sensational headlines will appear, prompting more misunderstanding, such as those in the last few days where a co-star feels they have been at risk from kissing Mr Sheen, which is ridiculous in itself.

Handled correctly this could have been a very good way to illustrate that HIV can and does affect anyone. However the way it has been handled makes it look like it only happens to those who are irresponsible and careless. This couldn’t be further from the truth, most of those affected by HIV acquired the virus from someone who didn’t know they had it, it only takes one mistake, one misjudged moment. Who amongst us can say we have never made a mistake?

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_hiv_support_group_chief_slams_media_over_charlie_sheen_coverage_1_4316452

Anyone worried about HIV can get a free HIV testing kit from us by post or in person, contact testing@thecrescent.org.uk, call 01727 842532 or call in during opening hours.

Support is available throughout, it is a completely confidential and free of charge, a simple test with no big needles you can do yourself, or onsite at the Crescent.

Free condoms are available from the Crescent either in person or by post, we wont ask any questions, you can just collect these from our site in Russell Avenue during opening hours (they are on a shelf in the entrance hallway) or we can post them to you, free of charge. Email info @thecrescent.org.uk or call 01727 842532 for postal services.

Condoms will protect you from a whole range of STI infections, not just HIV, and of course help prevent unplanned or unwanted pregnancies too. Protect you and those you love, use a condom always until you are sure of each other’s sexual health.

The Crescent Team

 

 

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Another great way to help The Crescent

Hi All,

Another great way to help us while you shop !

We have just registered The Crescent Support Group on givingabit.com.

Come and join us & you can create donations for us at no extra cost to you just by shopping online. givingabit is partnered with hundreds of your favourite shops, so please sign up today at http://www.givingabit.com.

If we’re all givingabit, everyone wins.

Kind regards,

The Crescent team

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HIV Training Service Proving A Great Success !

Hi All,

Feedback from our training sessions today and last Friday shows that there is an ever present need for HIV educators to work with all sectors of the community to spread awareness, discuss the issue of stigma and encourage regular testing.

We had an excellent response from a training session at the University of East London last week, and our presentations to teams of Health Care professionals in Buckinghamshire last month, and again this week.

100% of attendees rated the courses delivered as excellent or good (at least 75% rated as excellent in all categories, such as meeting needs, relevance, content, and delivery)

Comments made during and after the events included;

“Excellent presentation, very informative” ”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course which added more to my knowledge of HIV/AIDS”

“Really interesting, I’m going to have a talk with my children”

“Thank you for the training, you have opened my eyes and dispelled some myths – it was brilliant”

“An excellent contribution on living with HIV and even better to hear from the 50+ generation too”

“We had a great session demystifying HIV with members of Crescent Support Group. A truly wonderful time spent”

“Good session, cleared some HIV myths and perceptions. HIV is not a death sentence and your social status does not protect you from it”
“The Crescent is really dispelling the myths of HIV”

We look forward to delivering more of our training with those organisations that have already contacted us, and are very willing to assist anyone looking for similar training / education packages or PLWHIV as public speakers. All of our training is delivered by people living with, or affected by HIV.

For more information contact the Crescent on 01727 842532 email info@thecrescent.org.uk or twitter @CrescentSupport.

Looking forward now to our Quiz Night fundraiser on 24th May 2013, more details of this can be found below;

The Crescent Quiz Night Poster 240513

Thanks again for your continued support,

The Crescent Team

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Quiz Night 24th May Homewood Road Church St Albans from 7.30

Dear all,

Our next fundraising event will be a a quiz night hosted by CJ de Mooi, and others, from 7.30 pm on 24th May at Homewood Road Church Hall, more details to follow shortly. Keep watching this space!

Thanks

The Crescent Team

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Radio Verulam Interview Thursday 13 September at 5.45

Hi all,

You can listen to the interview on Radio Verulam’s website here http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/station/archives/13 select the Thursday 5pm onwards entry and forward to 33 mins 44 seconds where the interview then starts. Crescent Manager Iain talking about the cuts imposed by Hertfordshire County Council, and the connection between Herts Aid and the County Council via Sally Newton as highlighted by Private Eye in their “Rotten Boroughs” feature in the current edition.

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

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