New joint HIV initiative from Sussex Beacon and Positively UK

Gary Hart March 10, 2016

As part of Project 100, The Sussex Beacon and Positively UK are starting a joint initiative to deliver accredited peer mentoring training for people living with HIV across Sussex.

Sussex Beacon

Project 100 is a national programme funded by The Monument Trust and headed up by Positively UK. Over the next three years the aim of the programme is to train 1000 peer mentors across the UK.

Trained peer mentors are volunteers who are all living with HIV. Through their lived experience they are best placed to offer a wide range of support to others with HIV.

The Sussex Beacon, the training hub for Project 100 in Sussex, will be providing training for people across the region who wish to become peer mentors. Through promoting this training to other charities and NHS services across the county, they hope to engage a diverse range of people.

Simon Dowe
Simon Dowe

Simon Dowe, Sussex Beacon CEO, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for The Sussex Beacon not only to work together with Positively UK but also to build upon our existing peer support programme. Already we have seen how empowering peer mentoring can be and the potential for it to become a core part of HIV care in the UK.”

Marc Thompson
Marc Thompson

Marc Thompson from Positively UK, added: “Positively UK and Project 100 are really excited to be working with The Sussex Beacon to develop peer mentoring in the Sussex region.  This will enable us to work towards our target of ensuring that anyone living with HIV across the UK can access peer support should they need it.”

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The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for people living with HIV. Based in Brighton, which has the highest proportion of people living with HIV outside of London, their centre is open 365 days a year. The charity helps people manage the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure.

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