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World AIDS Day Events Last Weekend & a New Patron !

Dear All,

A fantastic weekend of events, On Friday we managed to get a huge number of commuters to take Red Ribbons to commemorate World Aids Day, also we collected a very substantial sum from those very kind folk during the day. We were honoured to be joined by our new Patron, Alex Mayer MEP who helped collect and distribute ribbons with us in the afternoon.

An article in the Herts Advertiser about our new Patron and our World AIDS day events here http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st-albans-hiv-charity-the-crescent-holds-events-for-world-aids-day-1-5302214

Our Busking Day on Saturday was similarly successful, we had many interesting conversations about HIV and the current issues and raised much awareness with over 1000 ribbons distributed on that day alone.

On Sunday our Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings was similarly busy, so much so that we will be back again on 17th December for another Sizzle at Bunnings in Griffiths Way !

A huge thank you to all who helped with the events, performed at the busking day and distributed ribbons. Most importantly thank you to all those who took a ribbon, donated and those who stopped to find out more about HIV and the Crescent’s work

We simply cannot do what we do without you !

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent Team

 

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World AIDS Day 2017

Hi all,

World AIDS Day is almost upon us! This Friday is also our 29th Anniversary and to mark the day we will be holding an awareness event at St Albans City Station where we hope to be joined by a special guest for the evening rush hour. Then on Saturday we are holding another of our famous “Busking days” more info on this can be found on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/511352439225154/ including a running order for the many performers again this year including our good friends Starseedz, Li Li and Tom Craven to name but three ! The event starts at 11am at the Clock Tower, Market Place, St Albans. Then on Sunday we have another “SausageSizzle” at our lovely friends at Bunnings in Griffiths Way StAlbans from 10.30 am.

We hope to see you there, without your support we cannot do what we do. Help us celebrate our anniversary as we move into our 30th year supporting those living with, or affected by HIV in our community.

Thanks as ever

The Crescent Team

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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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WAD 2016 & Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and Cake Sale 2017

Hi All,

Sorry to have been so quiet, so much going on so little time to update our blog ! Where to begin ? Firstly to report that our World Aids Day events in Luton and our busking event in St Albans City went very well indeed. We displayed the Stand Tall Get Snapped project again in December 2016 for WAD in conjunction with the Luton NHS and third sector services at the Carnival Arts Centre. The exhibition was again well received by all who attended and our regular busking event in St Albans City Centre on 03 December raised over £2000! An amazing result indeed and we are truly grateful to all those who took part, performed and held collecting buckets for us on the day and of course immense thanks to those wonderfully generous individuals who made donations as ever!

For the Christmas period we had a Christmas tree outside our building throughout the season, loaded with condoms and info packs for people to take as they passed the building day or night. This seems to have been universally popular and so we will do the same again next year for sure.

Moving onto 2017 we were pleased to have been chosen by Bunnings (the new Australian owners of Homebase) be part of the launch of the first UK Bunnings stores. The two former Homebase stores in St Albans are the first stores to reopen as Bunnings. The company have a great interest in supporting the community and working with charities and groups to help them achieve their objectives. So far Bunnings have helped us enormously by redecorating our therapy, counselling and treatment room and supplying equipment to help us with our work.

On the 18th of February as part of the ongoing celebrations we will be hosting the “SausageSizzle” and cake sale at the branch in Griffiths Way St Albans AL1 2RJ from 9am to 4pm. All proceeds from the sale will come to us so please do come along, buy a sausage from the BBQ or a cake from the stall and help us keep helping those in the community, and check out the great deals at the UK’s newest home improvement and DIY store too!

Also from the 15 to 17th February we will be hosting another exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project in the main reception area of  the Luton Campus of Bedfordshire University, keep watching this space as more events are coming up and thanks as ever for your support, we really do appreciate it !

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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);

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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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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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