Amazing ! Stephen Fry tweeted about our exhibition at St Albans Cathedral on World Aids Day ! We thank the lovely Mr Fry for drawing the attention of his followers to our exhibition and the issue of HIV stigma.
We are immensely pleased to receive such assistance and recognition! here is a link to the tweet….
Thanks as ever for your support
The Crescent team
Listen to our member Blessing today on the BBC3 Counties programme “Shrink Wrapped” talking about her diagnosis and the subsequent diagnosis of her youngest daughter following the collapse of her marriage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02c9w79 We are on from 34 mins, following the interview with Blessing we talk about late diagnosis and the need to get tested regularly to avoid passing on the virus and of course harming your own health.
Don’t forget our Stand Tall Get Snapped Exhibition is still open at the North Transept of St Albans Cathedral until 05 December and we will be in the St Albans Market tomorrow for World Aids Day plus a street collection throughout the City too. At the Christmas cabin you can enter a raffle to win a 40″ TV as well as a host of other amazing prizes too.
There is also a free live music event at the Clock Tower in St Albans on Saturday 06 December from 11 to 4pm featuring a host of live bands to raise funds for us too.
Hope to see you at one of the events, help us keep helping Blessing and her family as they continue to live with HIV
Thanks as ever for your amazing support
The Crescent Team
Here is a link to the BBC East/West TV news appearance by our member Blessing talking about HIV and Testing
We are on from 3mins 59 seconds
Listen out for us on BBC3 Counties this Sunday (30th) on the “Shrink Wrapped” programme from 1pm too
Thanks again for your ongoing support
The Crescent Team
The Stand Tall Get Snapped Project is now open at St Albans Cathedral from 10am to 15.45 Monday to Saturday and 13.00 to 17.00 Sundays, more details here https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/exhibitions/stand-tall-exhibition The exhibition will run from 24Th November to 05 December inclusive.
We will also have a cabin in the Christmas Market for World Aids Day Monday 01 December where you can find out more about The Crescent, pick up condoms, ribbons and home HIV sampling testing kits, plus get a ticket for our WAD2014 raffle with some fab prizes including a 40″ flat screen TV!!
Following the exhibition there will be another busking event which will take place on Saturday 06 December, along with a market stall where you can buy raffle tickets, get more info on the Crescent and our services, plus of course be entertained by some really great local acts. This was a very popular event last time, and again this year there will be food and drink kindly donated by the lovely staff at The Boot Inn, who have also provided the marquee too!
We hope to see you at one of the events, or perhaps all !
Thanks for your continued support
The Crescent Team
Thursday night was a sell out success ! The fashion show held by Chloe James Lifestyle for our benefit was hugely popular! We are so grateful to Donna and Maria from the lovely shop in the High Street, the Cote Brasserie also in St Albans High Street, and The Salon St Albans for all the hard work that went into making the night a great success. We even had Annie Brewster, our Mayor from 2013/14, modelling some of the lovely outfits.
The raffle will be drawn on Monday, so for those of you who still would like a ticket please call the store on 01727843431, or call in at 12 the High Street this weekend, open from 9.30 to 6pm Saturday and 11 to 5pm Sunday. Lots of great prizes including a £200 makeover at The Salon St Albans!
A great review of the evening by someone who was there on the night can be found here http://stateofadress.com/chloe-james-catwalk-show/ Lots of lovely photos included, will post more when we have some too.
Huge thanks from all of us to all of you who participated in the evening, or bought a raffle ticket, we really do appreciate your support, it does make a world of difference to us and allows us to keep doing our vital work.
More news to come in the next few weeks, including another concert, a fantastic exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project at St Albans Cathedral for two weeks over the World Aids Day period, a busking day on 06 December at the Clock Tower, a cabin in the Christmas Market in December, street collections, a market stall, so much more to come! Not forgetting of course the talented students from St Columbas College who are working on our behalf to raise funds for their Dragon’s Apprentice challenge this year, more about this here http://www.dragonsapprenticechallenge.com/
Thanks as ever for your support, keep watching this space for updates on the above events up to Christmas and into 2015 !
The Crescent Team
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The Crescent team
We have been contacted by Charlotte, a student at Anglia Ruskin University, to ask if we can assist with a survey that forms part of a PhD project exploring the process through which people living with HIV tell their intimate partners about their status.
At the bottom of this post is a link to the survey plus an information poster about the research and the possibility of a prize for taking part. The survey is an anonymous study which will allow you to share your thoughts, experiences, and feelings on the subject of disclosure to a close partner. It is estimated to take under 30 mins to complete.
Here is an extract from Charlotte’s email;
I am a second year PhD student at the Department of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. My thesis looks at the process through which people living with HIV in the UK manage the issue of disclosure within an intimate relationship.
The first study that is just being formally released is a survey that can be competed online. People that are living with HIV in the UK and are 18 years or older are warmly invited to take part. It asks about thoughts, views and experiences of sharing a positive status within an intimate partnership. It does not matter whether the person has had previous experience of disclosing or not; I would like to hear from everyone. This study has been fully approved by the University Faculty Research Ethics Panel.
In an attempt to reimburse people who take part for their time and effort there will be an opportunity following completion of the survey to enter an optional prize draw that is open to this study and a HIV stigma study. Two winners from a raffle will be given a £25 voucher (from their choice of Amazon, Argos, or Tesco). We also hope that the findings will also provide longer-term benefits to PLWHA. It is intended for the findings to be analyzed, published and disseminated in a HIV service users magazine/ communicated to the Terrence Higgins Trust/ Positively UK/ National AIDS Trust in order to be used as support and information for people who wish to disclosure their HIV safely to their partners in the future.
If you wish to take part the Survey can be found here http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1095926/researchintohiv
More info and contact details for the study can be found in this poster Flyer for a disclosure study