(HAPIS) The HIV Awareness, Prevention, Involvement & Support

Is a project funded by the Big Lottery to reach 3000 London residents, including young people to help them have a greater understanding of HIV, how it is transmitted and prevented thereby reducing stigma and discrimination in their communities? The main focus is providing HIV awareness, stigma reduction and outreach services for people in London in order to improve their health and wellbeing, engaging them to talk about HIV/AIDS will thereby reduce stigma to access sexual health services in their local communities. The project will also train some interested individuals in Health and Social Care and help get people back into work.

Main Activities

  • Peer Support groups
  • Back to work Support
  • Peer volunteers and support trainings to NVQ level 2
  • Health Promotion, Outreach & Condom distribution
  • 1-2-1 support and referrals to GUM services
Peer Support Groups
  • Once or twice a month all are free, people at risk of HIV are encouraged to attend
  • Provide counseling and emotional support, updates on treatments.
  • Share experiences
Back to work Support
  • Are you long term unemployed and HIV positive?
  • Come along and join us.
  • 1-2-1 discussions
  • Assisting you with form filling.
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Interview skills training
  • Computers for browsing and email and online applications.
  • CHAT will act as your referee
Peer volunteers and support trainings to NVQ
  • Gain a qualification up to NVQ Level 2
  • 1-2-1 support
  • Peer support
  • Gain work experience
  • Distribution of sexual health  leaflets
  • Condom distribution
Health Promotion, Outreach & Condom distribution
  • Gain experience and get training
  • Distribution of Sexual health materials and leaflets.
  • Condom distribution
  • Sign posting and referrals to other agencies doing similar work.
  • Signing up people who would like to join the project.
1-2-1 Support and referrals to GUM services
  • You don’t have to be at risk of HIV in order to access these services.
  • Confidential and safe spaces for you to talk about the story of your life.
  • Get someone trained to listen to you in confidence.
  • Get empowered to face the future, get an HIV test and access all the services available to you.
Health and Social Care

Is funded by the London Borough of Brent’s Adult and older people’s service.

Services provided:

  • One to One advocacy and help in their homes
  • Home and Hospital  visits
  • Pastoral care and support
  • Home practical help
  • HIV  treatment  updates, Culturally appropriate counseling
  • Assistance with application for financial hardship
  • Escorting to appointments  (e.g. medical etc)
  • Befriending and Assisting with shopping
  • Bereavement support and counseling
  • Referrals to complimentary therapies and other community services
  • Confidence building, HIV treatment adherence support and Psycho-social support