Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe – Charity Performance 13 September 2018 at the Abbey Theatre 7.30pm Tickets £15
A charity performance in aid of the Crescent will be held on 13 September 2018 from 7.30 at the Abbey Theatre of Butterflies are Free, a play by Leonard Gershe
“Don Baker, hero of his mother’s children’s book series “Donnie Dark” has been blind from birth. He moves to Manhattan to pursue his ambitions of being a songwriter, and he finds himself living next door to an extrovert actress, Jill – but when his mother comes to visit, she cannot help interfering, with hilarious and touching results”
Tickets are available from the Crescent at £15, (no booking or card fees) you can order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01727 842532. You can also order and pay for tickets in person at our office, 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES during opening hours.
We have published another update on PositiveLite illustrating our latest endeavours, including the marvellous event at Boots in St Albans with Elizabeth Arden, and details of the fantastic QAVS award too.
A link to the article on how we have managed to keep afloat since funding ceased is here http://positivelite.com/component/zoo/item/when-an-aids-service-organization-loses-its-funding-how-does-it-survive
As you can see we are so reliant upon your support to keep our service going, without you we simply cannot do what we do, so thanks to you all.
We hope to see you at our next events, open day 03 September and a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Lyons Way St Albans on the 14th October, more to follow…
The Crescent Team
We were on BBC 3 counties Friday afternoon with the Director of Public Health at Herts County Council talking about HIV testing, why the County Council wont fund the Crescent and also why Herts Aid don’t provide the service either, despite a huge amount of funding.
You can listen again here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02x6f74 we are on from 2hrs 20 mins the Roberto Perone Show 31st July on BBC 3 Counties Radio.
As you will hear the Director of Public Health is very reluctant to commit to anything, wouldn’t answer the presenter’s questions about why Herts Aid don’t provide the service, nor why he wont fund us. He seemed more interested in suggesting the Crescent didn’t understand the issues…
We will leave you to decide why Herts County Council refuse to fund us despite Public Health England asking for more community based testing…
The Crescent Team
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
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
See here for details of our instant result and postal home sampling HIV testing services – another free service from the Crescent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/testing/appointments/ for more details or make an appointment.