The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2006
Body Positive Dorset

Diana, Princess of Wales House
24 Lorne Park Road
Bournemouth
Dorset BH1 1JL

Tel: +44 (0)1202 297386
Fax: +44 (0)1202 290385






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A Positive Legacy. The History of Body Positive Dorset.

Who Are We?

Diana Princess of Wales' mother, Frances Shand Kydd

Body Positive Dorset was founded by Philip Hawkins and others. Mutual support was sought by individuals whose lives had been dramatically changed by contracting HIV and receiving the associated stigma attached. They began meeting once a month in each other's homes and the service we have today was born.

As the organisation expanded, in 1994, a drop-in centre was opened in the Triangle area of Bournemouth. Another organisation, the Sanctuary was also operating in Bournemouth at this time, providing palliative care and respite for people with HIV. Body Positive Dorset worked closely with the Sanctuary until its closure in the late 1990's. The only remaining vestige of the Sanctuary, the HIV and AIDS helpline, merged with Body Positive Dorset and now provides our 24 hour helpline, the only one in the country. The organisation was also active at a national level making representations to Parliament. This action paved the way for viral load testing to be more widely available.

In 1997, Body Positive Dorset was one of the first HIV charities to secure a grant from the National Lottery, enabling the purchase of the organisations current premises and securing the future of third sector, HIV services in Dorset. Permission was sought and granted from Buckingham Palace and the Home Office to name the building after Diana, Princess of Wales, who had shown much compassion to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Diana's mother, The Hon. Mrs Frances Shand-Kydd unveiled the plaque in the naming ceremony.

Body Positive Dorset evolved to where it is today by the efforts of many individuals who are the unsung heroes of our Queen's Award for Voluntary Services 2006. These individuals won the crusade to establish professional and effective HIV services that have stood the test of time and continue to support hundreds of people living with HIV in Dorset. By building on this firm foundation, in the future we aim to continue to support our service users, both existing and new, to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community, in business and in schools and to actively promote prevention.

Body Positive Dorset is pleased to offer an extensive range of complementary therepies provided by fully qualified therapists
Body Positive Dorset

TEDDY BEAR STALL 13th - 15th July ...Volunteers Please!

Body Positive Dorset

Please come and help us raise funds by selling raffle tickets to the public from the wooden stall in Bournemouth Gardens.

Please volunteer to work a minimum of 1 hour at a time- you are welcome to work for longer! The ideal shift is 3-4 hours.

There will be at least 2 volunteers working at a time so it will be fun and sociable.

Please remember that this is a commitment so make sure you?re available and you can be sure you will be there before you volunteer. Please just ask if you would like more information.

Thanks - Your help is much appreciated as always!


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