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World AIDS Day Red Run in Victoria Park London 26/11/17

Hi all,

Calling all joggers, runners, athletic people, non athletic people, ramblers, in fact anyone who would like to take part in  either 5k or 10k run through Victoria Park in  London for World AIDS Day

How would you like to take part in an annual charity run and raise money for the Crescent at the same time?

The Red Run is an annual event, organised by Positive East, designed to raise awareness of HIV, to mark World AIDS Day (01 December) and also raise funds for HIV charities across the UK. It is one of the UK’s largest World AIDS Day community fundraising events and since it began in 2008 over £200,000 has been raised for HIV support charities like the Crescent.

Last year over 600 people took part !

This year the run will take place on Sunday 26 November in Victoria park, east London and you can choose either a 10k or 5k route. Everyone is welcome to take part, all ages and abilities, the course is relatively flat with very little incline or decline and is accessible for wheelchairs.

Registration starts at 11am and the race begins officially at 12.15, you can also have your results sent by text to you.

On the day there will be entertainment, hot drinks, a BBQ, mulled wine and mince pies, sections of the AIDS memorial quilt will be on display too.

How do I register?

It is very easy, just go to http://www.redrun.org.uk and click on “register now” You will then be asked to choose either a 5k or 10k course and which charity you would like to run for (The Crescent)

Registration is open now and closes on Thursday 23rd of November.

The event is supporting 28 charities across the UK this year and this is our first year taking part in this event so If you feel able please do register, help us to keep helping those at risk in our community !

If you prefer to donate directly please visit our donations page at http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/donate

Thanks again for your support,

The Crescent team

 

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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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The Crescent on BBC 3 Counties with Jim McManus DPH at Herts County Council

Dear all,

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

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The Crescent is NOT Happy With Herts County Council !

Dear all,

Our latest article in the Herts Advertiser about postal testing services, available elsewhere in the country and being trialled in Birmingham and Luton amongst just two places. We have been appealing to the County Council for two years or more to introduce this, and /or fund our testing services. As there was no sign of any action from the County Council we introduced this ourselves (without funding) a year ago. We could no longer stand by whilst the late diagnosis problem exists (and grows in Hertfordshire) and those responsible for addressing the issue continue to sit on their hands.

We fail to understand why the County’s preferred supplier of services, Herts Aid, (who have ten times our income by the way) have not also introduced this kind of postal service as an alternative method of testing.

Public Health England is asking local authorities to introduce as many different methods for testing as possible, with an emphasis on more local community based testing services and postal testing too.

Herts County Council have made a good deal of noise recently about their commitment to “HalveIT” the national campaign to reduce late diagnosis of HIV, (something they until recently denied was an issue in Herts). However they still fail to put anything in place, or fund services like ours that are well established in the community and are based in the areas most affected (St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Watford and Rickmansworth for example)

It seems to us to be yet another example of the County Council saying the right thing, but again dragging their heels, perhaps hoping the focus will move on whilst they deliberate and then plans will be quietly shelved.

We deserve better than this as a County, it is after all the “County of Opportunity” apparently. However if you want to test for HIV, protect your health, and that of others, your opportunities are somewhat limited.

Come on Herts County Council, put your money where your mouth is ! Hertfordshire residents deserve so much better, the tests cost very little and certainly not as much as was apparently provided to an agency to “improve their brand image ” recently, (with seemingly little result).

Time to divert some funds to resolve a real health issue instead !

Link to the Herts Advertiser article here

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_hiv_charity_offers_revolutionary_at_home_test_1_4175358

Please do feel free to contact your County Councillor, your MP, The Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, or the Cabinet member for Localism and Health, Teresa Heritage to insist on a fair deal for Hertfordshire residents!

The Crescent Team

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Next Event! Busking Day on Saturday15 August at the Clock Tower

Hi everyone,

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

Busking 08 2015

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HYPE – Our new group for 16-25 year olds living with or affected by HIV

Hi All,

Our new group for those aged 16- 25 living with or affected by HIV starts this Saturday 20th June from 2.30 at the Crescent in Russell Avenue St Albans AL3 5ES Come along find support, socialise and make friends with others in your situation. It’s your group and you will have input into how, where and when things happen. Lots of different things are planned from movie nights to more out doors stuff, come along, it’s free and all are welcome.

Look forward to seeing you there, for more info please email Hype@Thecrescent.org.uk or call 01727 842532 Click here for more information

See you soon

The Crescent Team

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Open Day A Huge Success !

Hey everyone,

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 testing@thecrescent.org.uk 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

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