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Busking for World Aids Day 03 Dec

Hi all,

On Saturday 03 December from 11am we will be holding another of our popular Busking Days to raise awareness of HIV and commemorate World Aids Day (which is the 1st of December)

The event will be held at the Clock Tower in St Albans as usual and we have a huge number of acts to perform this year including (in no particular order);

Shaun clark Abbie Gathard  Jay Joseph Bill Johnson Starseedz Li Li Phoenix Tom Craven Neil Stanton Deni Murphy Concrete Cavens Brocker

More details of the event can be found on the event page here

https://www.facebook.com/events/1858047271106949/

We hope you will be able to make the event and help us not only raise awareness of HIV in the community, but also commemorate World Aids Day too.

Thanks as ever for your continued support.

The Crescent team

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Next Events – Busking Day Saturday 23 July & Open Day 25 September

Dear all,

Our next events will be another of our successful busking days on 23 July and our annual open day / afternoon tea party on 04 September. More details to follow shortly.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

 

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Mayor of St Albans to Parachute Jump for the Crescent

Update !! The jump is to take place on 15 June as the earlier date was cancelled due to bad weather conditions … Still time to  Donate here >>>

Hi all,

Amazing news, our wonderful Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz and our Trustee Denise Parsons are to perform a parachute jump to raise funds for us at Cambridge airfield on 18th May more details in the flyer here CHARITY PARACHUTE JUMP you can donate online via the crowdfunder link here Crowdfunder Crescent Parachute Jump, by the Crescent website Donate to the Crescent or at any of the many collection tins currently being distributed in shops and cafes around St Albans.

We are hugely grateful to the Mayor and Denise for their efforts on our behalf, and their bravery ! Another reason why St Albans is a wonderful city to live and work in, the people are fantastic and so very generous !

More updates to follow on this exciting event soon.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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Luton World Aids Day Exhibition

Please find below details of the World Aids Day event in Luton where we will be holding an exhibition of a selection of the photos from the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project.

The event will run from 5pm to 8pm on World Aids day 01 December at the Carnival Arts Centre, 3 St Mary’s Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3JA

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it !

Keep watching this space for more updates…

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

Click here for poster >>>>

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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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Lots of Coverage for National HIV Testing Week

We were very pleased to be invited to talk on two radio programmes last week.

Firstly we got to talk to the lovely Danny Smith at Radio Verulam on his show West Herts Drivetime about HIV and Stigma in light of the recent coverage about Charlie Sheen revealing his HIV Status.

You can listen again to the show here, from 38 minutes and 22 seconds;

http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/node/19066

Then on Sunday we were talking on BBC 3 Counties radio on the programme “ShrinkWrapped”with our member Blessing talking again about Late Diagnosis, Stigma, Testing, living with HIV and Charlie Sheen.

You can listen again to the show here, from 30 minutes and 22seconds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03765lc

More on our Busking Day Fundraiser on 05 December and our mini exhibition of the “Stand Tall Get Snapped Project” for World Aids Day coming up…

Thanks as ever for your support, without your kindness and generosity we couldn’t do what we do!

The Crescent Team

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Write It Out – Creative Writing Sessions at The Crescent

Hi all,

Next month sees the launch of our free creative writing sessions “Write It Out” from the 10th of November we, in conjunction with the St Albans Arts Team at St Albans City and District Council will be holding the sessions on alternate Tuesdays (after our regular Tuesday lunches) from 2pm to 4pm.

Come along, find ways to express yourself through fun with words, no special skills are needed just enthusiasm and a willingness to participate. Friends and family are also welcome so come along to find out more!

Dates and more details are here Write It Out The Crescent Invitation 2015

We look forward to seeing you on the first event on Tuesday 10th November, if you are coming for lunch first (from 12.30) please let us know so we can be sure to provide sufficient food!

The Crescent Team

 

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