Following a recruitment process for a part-time worker at Lunch Positive, the charity has appointed Gary Pargeter to the post of Service Manager.
Lunch Positive provide a healthy meal once a week at Dorset Garden Methodist Church for people who are HIV positive. Gary started the charity in 2008 and has been the volunteer project manager for the last seven years.
Steven Foster, Chair of Trustees, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Gary to this post. The recruitment process has been stringent and robust, and this new post is a necessity to build resilience for our organisation and develop our services.
Gary previously volunteered at the Open Door HIV Project for ten years, has seventeen years of voluntary experience within the HIV community, and brings a wealth of other management skills and experience from previous employment.
Gary said: “I’m hugely grateful to be appointed to this new post, and feel privileged to serve the charity and the HIV community. I was diagnosed HIV positive in 1992, and have spent my entire life in Brighton & Hove. Throughout that time I have seen and experienced that life with HIV has evolved and changed for many, but can still be turbulent, unpredictable and can present many challenges. I have a deep-rooted belief in community and what can be achieved when people spend time together and support each other.
“Volunteering has been a hugely important and massively formative part of my life, and I am passionate that this should give everyone involved the best possible experience for themselves and others. We have an amazing volunteer team, great members and peer-supporters, and I look forward to doing all of my very best for the HIV community through our work at Lunch Positive.”