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New Funding for Counselling Services

Hi all,

Apologies for not updating our blog recently, be assured we are busy working in the background to ensure those living or affected by HIV get the support they need.

We are very pleased to announce that we have received generous support from both the Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) and the Make A Difference Trust (MAD) to fund our afternoon and evening counselling services for those living with, affected by, or at risk of acquiring HIV.

The service was officially launched by our Patron, Alex Mayer MEP on Friday in time for World Health Day, a link to the coverage is here http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/16151356.new-hiv-support-group-at-the-crescent-st-albans/

We are now  in our 30th year supporting the community and are thrilled  to have received this support from both MAD and HCF, it will make an immeasurable difference to those accessing services at the Crescent.

There will be more to follow, dates for our next music event, a concert, a street collection and also our regular “Sizzles” with our wonderful friends at “Bunnings” will follow shortly.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

 

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Our latest article now published on PositiveLite

Dear all,

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…

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

 

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Open Day and Afternoon Tea Party 03 September 2017 from 2.30

Hi all,

Our annual open day and afternoon tea party will be on Sunday 03 September from 2.30, a free event open to all !

Please do come along to find out more about our work, enjoy music from local musicians, homemade cake and refreshments, meet staff and volunteers and see our facilities. It is always a popular event and we would be delighted to see you.

Thanks as ever for your support, we cant do what we do without you!

The Crescent Team

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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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Awards & Fashion Shows – Moving forward to World Aids Day !

Hi all,

Sorry it has been a while since we updated our blog ! Such a busy few weeks since our last update and it is hard to believe that we are only about 8 weeks away from Christmas ! We had an amazing open day with the official presentation of our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at the end of September, an amazing achievement ! Some of the news articles here;

http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/royal-recognition-for-hiv-support-work-1-7632539

The Queen recognises HIV voluntary support group

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/stalbans/14786863.Charity_receives_highest_award_from_Queen/?ref=twtrec

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/14786863.Charity_receives_highest_award_from_Queen/

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We are extremely pleased to have received this award, which is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary organisations in the UK and the highest award an organisation can achieve! More information on the Queen’s Award can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview

During October another fashion show was held by the lovely people at Chloe James Lifestyle for our benefit. The event too place on the 13th October at the Cote Brasserie in St Albans High Street, and raised over £1000 for us, a truly impressive amount! Big thanks to all who attended the evening. We are very grateful for the continued support from Chloe James who have organised and held many of these events for us. Now that Christmas is looming take a look around their store at 12 the High Street St Albans. It is packed with lovely gifts, clothes, jewellery and gorgeous things for your home too. Take a look !  http://chloejameslifestyle.co.uk/

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Moving on to World Aids Day (01 December)we will be holding another of our “Busking Days” on Saturday 03 December at the Clock Tower in St Albans. A free event for all, do come along to find out more about our work and enjoy the talents of the numerous local musicians who will be donating their time on the day. The event is scheduled to start at 11am. Watch this space for details of those to perform on the day, always a very popular event !

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We will also be holding a mini display of the “Stand Tall” photographic exhibition featuring pictures of individuals living with HIV along with a short description of their journey since diagnosis. The event will be in Luton on 30th November 2 to 4pm at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts 3 St Mary’s Road Luton LU1 3JA and is part of a day of celebrations, raising awareness of HIV in the community.

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We are immensely grateful as ever for all the support we have received again this year, without your kind assistance we cannot do what we do for some of the most vulnerable in our society so a huge thank you to you too.

Keep watching this space !

The Crescent Team

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The Crescent Open Day 25 Sept 2pm

Dear all,

Our annual open day garden party is this weekend from 2pm at 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES. All are welcome, free entry with live music from local bands, Starseedz, Li Li and Papersnakes, tea, coffee, wine, beer and cider, cake, sandwiches, and loads of other nibbles, did we mention cake? There will be lots of that !!

We are very grateful for the donations of cakes, doughnuts and brownies from @soniacrumbsnall, @stalbansdeli and @thepuddingstop as well as the wonderful raffle prizes donated by local retailers and friends of the Crescent including;

A bottle of vintage champagne from @3910wines,

A complimentary gin tasting for six from @tomokaspirits,

Bottles of ale from @3brewers

Vouchers from @thepuddingstop @empirestalbans and @thebootstalbans,

Art by @cfentonart, books by Paul Eccentric, James Wharton, Kevee Lynch

Vouchers for the live music project – free entry for two plus a complimentary drink

and much more !

Raffle tickets available on the day or from the Crescent at 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES £1.50 each or £5 for 5. Call 01727 842532 or email info@thecrescent.org.uk to reserve tickets or call in to collect during opening hours (open late most evenings too)

Look forward to seeing you on the day, help us celebrate our great achievement this year of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service too. The award will be presented during the afternoon by her Majesty’s representatives.

None of this would be possible without your continued support, so thank you to all those who have helped us to get this far. Please do pop in to see us during the afternoon if you can, it will be a fun afternoon as always.

The Crescent team

 

 

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Crescent Open Day & Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service 25 September 2016

Dear all,

Sorry it has been so long since we updated our blog, so much has been happening it has been hard to keep everything updated. If you were worried we may have gone away then fear not we are here !

An amazing parachute jump by our Mayor Salih and Trustee Denise, another of our successful busking days and numerous lunches and social events have all taken place in the last three months!

Coming up this month we are looking forward to our open day and garden party on 25 September.

The day will follow the same format as previous years with live music from local bands, tea, cake and other lovely refreshments plus beer, wine and cider. It will give you a chance to ask questions, talk to staff, see our premises in Russell Avenue and find out more about our work in the community.

Free entry as usual (although donations are always welcome of course) starting at 2pm on Sunday 25 September, all are welcome of course so please do call in to see us.

We are also honoured earlier this year to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (one of only three organisations in Hertfordshire to receive the award from her Majesty) The award is the highest a charity can achieve in the UK and is the MBE for Voluntary Organisations.

As part of the open day proceedings we will be officially presented with the award certificate signed by Her Majesty and the engraved crystal trophy by Her Majesty’s representatives.

It promises to be a great day so please do come along ! Once we have a complete list of acts performing we will update you so keep watching this space.

Thanks as ever for your support,

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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Sainsbury’s St Albans – Our nomination – Vote for us !

Hi all,

We have reached the final three in the Sainsbury’s local charity scheme !

Here is an excerpt from the Sainsbury’s website which explains more;

During May and June, our stores will select a shortlist of local registered charities for our customers to vote on. The charity with the most votes will be selected and supported over the next 12 months through fundraising and volunteering.

We have been very fortunate to reach this stage and we need you now to vote for us, the charity with the most votes (online or instore) will be the chosen charity for the next 12 months and could gain a whole wealth of support from Sainsbury’s.

Our local store is Everard Close St Albans AL1 2QU and we would be very grateful if you could take the time when in store to vote for us, or if you prefer you can do so online via the website link here https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/#about-nominations

Thanks as ever for your support, and thanks also to Sainsbury’s for including us in their scheme this year !

The Crescent Team

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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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