We currently have a vacancy on the Board of Trustees for someone with expertise in income generation and marketing. 

 

Our Board of Trustees hail from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation. They provide robust governance which helps George House Trust achieve our vision for all people living with HIV in the North West to live happy and healthy lives and be free from stigma and discrimination, and for all people to know their HIV status and to be HIV aware.

 

Successful applicants will have a proven track record at a senior executive level in the commercial or voluntary sector, and/or experience of working with organisations like George House Trust at this level of income generation and marketing. If you think you have the right skills and experience, please download the role description and complete the application form. If you have any questions, please email Ingrid, Governance Administrator. 

 

Please note that you will be expected to attend four Finance and Fundraising Committee meetings and four Board meetings each year as part of this voluntary role. 

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 13th March 2020. We will discuss suitable interview dates with you if you are shortlisted. 

 

We welcome and encourage applications from people regardless of background, age, faith, disability and sexuality. Our Board is currently under-represented in relation to young trustees (18-30), women and people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. We are very keen to diversify our Board so that it is more representative of the communities we serve, and we would therefore be particularly interested in applications from these groups. 

 

 

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

Test & Talk Clinic - 16th April 2020

On Thursday 16th April 2020, LGBT Foundation are running a testing clinic at George House Trust for LGBT people and men who have sex with men (MSM). The drop-in is for friends, partners and family members of people who access services at George House Trust.

 

Advanced booking is not required for the drop-in although some bookable appointments will be made available through the LGBT foundation website.

 

Each session takes about 30 minutes with results in the appointment. The test is a quick finger-prick and requires a small amount of blood.

 

If you have any questions please email talk@ght.org.uk.

Monday, 3 February, 2020

 

FREE FORMULA MILK PROVISION FOR BABIES BORN TO WOMEN WHO ARE LIVING WITH HIV AND RESIDENT IN THE CITY OF SALFORD

 

Are you a woman living with HIV and a resident of Salford?

 

Do you have a child who is under 12 months old?

 

Are you pregnant?

 

Do you know that breastfeeding is an identified route of vertical transmission of HIV, and current UK clinical guidance recommends that an infant born to a mother living with HIV is fed exclusively with formula milk?

 

George House Trust administers a Formula Milk Scheme funded by Salford City Council and open to residents of Salford borough.

 

The scheme provides free formula milk for the first 12 months of the baby’s life, and a starter steriliser kit to women living with HIV who give birth and is open to all women regardless of income or immigration status.

 

Referrals to the scheme

Pregnant women living with HIV or mothers living with HIV with infants under 12 months old who are resident in Salford can be referred to George House Trust via the ‘make a referral’ section of our website.

 

Referrals can be made by any health professional or people may self-refer.

 

To find out more about the scheme contact adela@ght.org.uk or call 0161 274 4499

Wednesday, 1 January, 2020

NEW ROLE, NEW YOU - VOLUNTEER ROLES

 

NEW ROLE, NEW YOU

 

The new Distribution Volunteer role is an ideal addition to your current volunteer responsibilities and would be perfect for volunteers living outside of Manchester City Centre. Our Distribution Volunteers will distribute and restock George House Trust informational literature at identified sites across Greater Manchester.

 

You will be able to collect the literature from the office at your convenience and distribute the materials in your local area. This is a very flexible role and will be integral to ensuring people in your local area know about George House Trust and how to access services.

 

You can check out the role description here

 

If you fancy something a little more office based then why not think about supporting us as a Finance Administration Volunteer? This role is ideal for someone looking to volunteer for four hours per week to either gain or build skills in financial and accounting procedures. This role is suitable for anyone with an interest in finance and would provide a good insight into how a small charity works.

 

You can check out the role description here

 

If either of those roles appeal to you then please drop me an email or give me a call and we can discuss them in more detail.

Wednesday, 22 January, 2020

 

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HIV AND AGEING?  ‘HIVLIVE’ EVENT AT GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

We are pleased to be hosting Terrence Higgins Trust’s ‘HIVLive’ event at George House Trust on Thursday 27th February. The event will take the form of an hour-long talk relating to HIV ad ageing that will explore the latest research and understanding.

 

We will be joined by Dr Clare van Halsema, Consultant in Infectious Diseases from North Manchester General Hospital.

 

People can attend as audience members or access the talk through a livestreaming platform using a smart phone, tablet or computer.

 

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day and we can reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

 

Please note that this event is for people aged 50 and over.

 

You can register for the event here

Sunday, 19 January, 2020

PEOPLE WITH HIV AND THEIR DOCTORS HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES FOR CLINICAL CARE

When patients living with HIV were asked to rank the priority issues to be covered during a routine clinical appointment, they ranked social issues such as stigma and social support far higher than their healthcare providers, who often wanted to focus on substance use. The study by Dr Rob Fredericksen of the University of Washington is published online by AIDS and Behavior.

 

A total of 206 patients were recruited at five clinics in Birmingham, Alabama; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington. Efforts were made to recruit a diverse sample, including cisgender women (30%), transgender women (9%), people aged under 30 (11%) or over 55 (22%), black (33%) and Latino people (28%), individuals poorly engaged in care (25%), people with a detectable viral load (29%), people diagnosed in the past five years (30%) and rural residents (10%).

 

They were given a list of 25 possible issues to address in a typical clinical visit and asked to select their top eight priority issues as well as the three least important topics.

 

Separately, 17 healthcare providers completed the same exercise.

 

The top issues for people living with HIV were:

  1. Medication adherence
  2. HIV and treatment symptoms
  3. Depression
  4. Sexual risk behaviour
  5. HIV stigma
  6. Pain
  7. Physical function
  8. Social support.

 

Their three lowest priorities were anger, shortness of breath, and tobacco use.

 

Healthcare providers’ priorities were different:

  1. Substance abuse
  2. Depression
  3. Medication adherence
  4. Alcohol abuse
  5. Tobacco use
  6. Sexual risk behaviour
  7. HIV and treatment symptoms
  8. Cognitive function.

 

Clinicians ranked shortness of breath, positive affect, and spirituality/meaning of life as the least important.

 

Whereas 94% of clinicians put substance abuse in their top eight, only 36% of patients did so. Similarly, 71% of clinicians put tobacco use in their top eight, compared to 15% of patients, and this was the lowest overall ranked item for people living with HIV.

 

People living with HIV tended to rate social issues such as HIV stigma and social support as of greater importance than healthcare providers did. For example, 48% of patients and 18% of clinicians included stigma in their list of top eight issues. People who had been diagnosed with HIV more recently, were younger, were black or Latino and were more likely to see stigma as a priority issue.

 

A number of symptoms and social issues were considered a priority by significant numbers of patients but not by a single healthcare provider who took part: positive affect (31% of patients), fatigue (27%), spirituality/meaning of life (26%), sleep disturbance (22%), social roles (18%), social isolation (17%) and anger (16%).

 

Qualitative interviews in which 79 patients explained their choices showed that they saw social issues and health behaviours as being closely interconnected, as this man explained:

“If you don’t get over the stigma… none of this matters. The isolation is gonna come in, right? You’re not gonna even care about the symptoms or the treatments. You’re not gonna take care of your medication, you’re gonna start that risky behaviour.”

 

Drug use and sexual risk behaviours were often described as self medication in response to stigma and social isolation.

“[HIV stigma] is all you think of… It causes depression and then you want to use [drugs]. You’re gonna socially isolate yourself, because you don’t want to deal with people like that.”

 

People who had been living with HIV for several years talked about how their priorities had changed over time. Some issues had been particularly important soon after diagnosis:

“Now, the reason why I have them in this order is because when I first found out about me being diagnosed, these first three [depression, HIV stigma, spirituality/meaning of life] it hit me hard. I was depressed. I didn’t want to be around… I didn’t know how to handle it at first.”

 

When asked how they would like healthcare providers to address issues like stigma and social isolation, many people with HIV acknowledged that there may be no ‘easy fix’ to these complex issues. However, they expressed deep appreciation of clinicians who acknowledged difficult circumstances in their lives.

 

The interviews suggested that showing interest, demonstrating familiarity with the issues, and making appropriate referrals to mental health and social support services may often be sufficient.

 

“Many patients felt it important that their healthcare address the at-times overwhelming context-based problems in their lives,” Fredericksen and colleagues note. Doing so may strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and so improve the likelihood of successfully addressing other issues, they suggest.

Thursday, 2 January, 2020

 

VOLUNTEER THANK YOU AWARDS EVENT

 

Although it is still some time away yet we are starting to get our thinking caps on about the next volunteer social.  We will be celebrating National Volunteers Week in June and want to show our appreciation to the volunteer team by hosting a thank you awards ceremony.

 

It would be great to hear from you if you have a suggestion of a venue we could host it in this year? Answers on a postcard to Rachel.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

MEMBERS MEETING - FEBRUARY 5th 2020

 

MEMBERS MEETING - FEBRUARY 2020

 

Our next Members Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, February 5th.  Members will receive an invitation to this meeting from Ingrid, our Governance Administrator.

 

Not a member yet? Please visit our Membership Area for further information.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

AGE+ PROJECT COORDINATOR

 

Job Vacancy – Age+ Project Coordinator

 

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract type: Fixed term contract to end June 2021 (with successful candidate commencing April 1st 2020)

Salary: £24,313

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Project Coordinator to lead our exciting new Age+ project for people living with HIV and over the age of 55.

 

The post is offered on a 15-month fixed term contract basis and we are looking for the successful candidate to commence on April 1st 2020.

 

An ever-growing ageing population of people living with HIV means that support services will need to change and adapt to ensure that they remain relevant.

 

Services provided within the Age+ project will include informal social networking opportunities, skills-based training sessions, new volunteering opportunities and one to one support.

 

Alongside these services, a key element of the project will be the delivery of HIV training and awareness sessions to residential care homes, social care providers and other organisations in contact with, or supporting, older people.

 

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for leading on all aspects of the project.

 

We are looking to recruit someone with project management experience, knowledge and understanding about HIV and a commitment to challenging HIV stigma.

 

If you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to make a success of this role you can download an application pack, which includes a job description and person specification here

 

If you require a hard copy job pack email phillip@ght.org.uk or call 0161 274 4499 to request one.

 

Deadline for applications is 9:00 am on Monday 3rd February 2020.

 

Please note that applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

 

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February 2020. Shortlisted candidates will only need to attend on one of the interview dates.

 

Regrettably, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

 

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES AT GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

We have lots of really exciting volunteer vacancies. If you fancy dipping your toe into something new then why not get involved by helping us in our reception as a Meet and Greet Volunteer?

 

Or if you fancy supporting us more directly with our service users, we are looking for volunteers to support us during our Groups and Sessions. If you consider yourself to be a friendly and warm individual with an enthusiasm for social inclusion then why not get involved in our Saturday Drop-ins and Relaxation Therapies? Dates for up and coming events are as follows:

 

Saturday Drop In

  • 22nd February
  • 28th March

 

Relaxation Therapies

  • 18th March

 

To stay up to date with volunteer vacancies visit the volunteering page here

 

As with all volunteer related things, contact Rachel for more information about how to get involved.

Friday, 10 January, 2020

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