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Testing Article in the Herts Advertiser

Dear all,

Another article in the Herts Advertiser about HIV testing and diagnosis rates, see here for more http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_charity_urges_more_people_to_test_for_hiv_1_3988780

Also in the Watford Observer letters page last week talking about the chronic late diagnosis rates that affect west Herts…

Despite asking Herts County Council for funding for testing services for at least the last three years, they have refused to act… We introduced a postal testing service last year that the county council are still thinking about, and that the National Aids Trust recommend… Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that the Government is about to introduce a nationwide HIV home sampling service, just like the one we have in place already…

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a news article this week: “We have protected the entire £2.45 million national HIV prevention budget, and have announced the first national home sampling service which will triple the number of sampling kits available.

Article about HIV funding is here

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/03/13/hiv-charities-deeply-concerned-over-allocation-of-hiv-prevention-budget/

So it seems that although we may be a bit low on funds at times it hasn’t stopped us introducing such initiatives, imagine what we could achieve if our funding was reinstated….

Strangely, despite the prevalence rates in west Herts being the highest, and the late diagnosis rates also being the same, way above national average, the County Council’s preferred HIV testing service have introduced a 2 hour testing service on a Saturday.. on the opposite side of the County, in Ware, where both rates are much lower… Whilst we welcome any attempts to encourage people to test regularly for HIV surely this would be better held in high prevalence areas, where late diagnosis rates are some 25% above the national average? just a thought…

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

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A great review of the Chloe James Fashion Show Fundraiser

Hi All,

A great review of the Chloe James Charity Fashion show here http://stateofadress.com/chloe-james-catwalk-show/ ! The night went so very well and raised an amazing £1500 to which the lovely Annie Brewster our former Mayor added an additional £1000 which is simply fantastic!

We are so very grateful to all those who took part, bought a raffle ticket, to the lovely ladies at Chloe James Lifestyle who worked so hard to put this together for us and of course to Annie Brewster who not only modelled on the night but also contributed such a generous amount to the total too.

St Albans people we salute you and on behalf of all those we support, Thank you !!

More events coming up shortly including a concert, another Busking Day on 06 December, plus a simply wonderful World Aids Day exhibition of the ground breaking Stand Tall Get Snapped photography exhibition at St Albans Cathedral for two weeks from the 24th November to 05 December, a stall in the Christmas Market, street collections in December and more, keep watching this space for more news coming soon !!

Thanks again for your continued support

The Crescent Team

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Herts Pride 31st August 2013

Hi all,

Thanks to all those who called by our stall at the first Herts Pride last Saturday to find out more about us and HIV in general. We had a very good day and managed to distribute a considerable amount of information and free condoms to those attending.

Looking forward to next year now !

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

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Christmas In July Saturday 27th July from 7.30 PM at The Load of Hay Watford

Hi all,

Just to let you know our next fund raiser will be our annual event in conjunction with the Load of Hay Pinner Road Watford this Saturday 27th July from 7.30 onwards.

All welcome there will be a raffle and the usual frivolities!! All aiming to raise funds for us to keep helping those in need!

Hope to see you there,

You can find out more about the Load of Hay here https://www.facebook.com/#!/theloadofhay

Thanks again for your ongoing support,

The Crescent Team

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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

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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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Ladies Lunch at the Crescent 11 May 2013 from 12.00 to 2pm

Dear all,

Another event coming up shortly will be the Ladies lunch at the Crescent on Saturday 11 May at 12.00. This is a chance for ladies to get together in a safe environment share experiences, and support oneanother, whilst enjoying a nice lunch. So if you are a lady living with HIV, or supporting someone who is, and would like to come along please do let us know. You can email on info@thecrescent.org.uk, or call us on 01727 842532 for more details.

There will also be a chance for Crescent members to attend the annual Spring Basket event at Homewood road church hall at 2.30 that afternoon too. This is an event where Crescent members can get a selection of donated clothing, toys and household goods for free. This event is organised by the Diocese HIV Support Group in conjunction with the Crescent, and other HIV support agencies in Herts and Beds.

Please do contact us if you have any questions about this or any of the other events coming up soon. Don’t forget also we have a fundraising quiz night on 22 May too. More details on our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk.

Thanks for your support

The Crescent Team

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