New Education Officer
I am excited to return to Body Positive Dorset in my new role as Education Officer. I will no longer be responsible for Events or Volunteers and can dedicate my full diary to HIV Awareness, Prevention and the Elimination of Stigma & Discrimination.
With five HIV Education Events booked and plenty more on the horizon I have hit the ground running. My first tasks were to write the new Education strategy and to devise performance controls. With these in place, I am now reviewing all the training material and resources and starting to get the word out there. With this in mind, please spread the news that we have an excellent HIV Education program and put any interested parties in touch with me: email@example.com
I will be working 16 flexible hours a week so email is the best way to contact me. Funding for the Education program is ring-fenced and cannot be used for support. The Education program will actually serve to generate income for the charity.
The next Trustees Meeting will be held at the Centre at 10.30am on Saturday 26th October 2013. Any service user or member wishing to attend will be most welcome. Please advise firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend this meeting.
25th WORLD AIDS DAY - 1st December 2013
Observed worldwide on 1 December since 1998, World AIDS Day brings people together around the world to raise awareness of the global HIV response and join, in solidarity, the millions of people affected by HIV. 'Getting to Zero' is the theme of World AIDS Day, mirroring the UNAIDS vision of reaching 'Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths.' This theme will be used until 2015.
OUR STREET COLLECTIONS:
Look out for our Street Collectors who will be out in force in Bournemouth town centre and 'doing the rounds' the Triangle. We will be selling red HIV awareness ribbons and wristbands and giving out free testing information.
Then join us for our Centre Open Day between 1pm and 4pm at Diana Princess of Wales House, 24 Lorne Park Road, BH1 1JL. Talk to volunteers and find out about the services we provide before joining in act of remembrance by lighting a candle. We will also display the Quilt of Remebrance honouring those who have passed away from HIV-related illness in the local area.
DAMSET (Dorset AIDS Memorial & Schools Educational Trust) invites you to a free special screenings of:
'CHARIOTS OF FIRE' at 3pm
'PHILADELPHIA' at 6pm
At the Pavilion Dance Theatre, Bournemouth
Donations to Body Positive Dorset's Education fund encouraged.
For bookings & further information, please email email@example.com
THE FOLLOWING DAY:
KARAOKE for WORLD AIDS DAY in support of Body Positive Dorset
Monday 2nd Dec 2013, The Exchange, Triangle, Bournemouth
Why not continue your World AIDS Day celebrations into Monday?
Join SHEILA TACKYA & PIXIE MUNROE for a spot of Karaoke and sing in support!
Funds raised kindly donated to Body Positive Dorset.
A big thank you to Stuart and all the staff at the Exchange!
Following legal advice the Board of Trustees decided at their meeting on 18th August 2012 that the current Dog Policy should be rescinded.
It was also unanimously agreed that henceforth no pets will be allowed on the charity's premises at Lorne Park Road.
Guide Dogs are of course exempt from this policy
1st Prize - Ticket Number 0302
2nd Prize - Ticket Number 0139
The winners have been notified
Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket. Your support is much appreciated.
WORLD MUSIC EVENING - A GREAT SUCCESS!
World Music Evening 2012 was held on Saturday 26th May at Centre Stage, Queens Road, Bournemouth.
This is primarily an awareness event and we were thrilled to see lots of new faces and to receive many offers of voluntary support in the future. The event also raised valuable funds which will help us to continue our work.
Thank you so much to all those involved in making World Music Evening such a great event. All of the acts were superb and were so kind to give their time free.
Thank you to Colin Pipe for compering the evening with good humour and panache. Our wonderful volunteers, Ive, Liam & Robert worked tirelessly greeting people and selling raffle tickets. Thank you to Centre Stage for your generosity and support. Thanks also to all the generous donors of raffle prizes.
In particular, we would like to say a massive thank you to Ali Sharpe who directs the choirs for organising the line-up and for her characteristic passion and positivity. We couldn't have done it without you.
Last but not least, thank you to our wonderful audience who were extremely generous both in terms of money raised and also in their lovely messages of support. Finally, congratulations to all who came for demonstrating impeccable music taste by choosing our event over Eurovision!
Well done to all our raffle prize winners. There were two unclaimed prizes. Please retain your ticket and contact us if you are a lucky ticket-holder:
Ticket No: Pink 40 - £20 Fish & Chips voucher kindly donated by Chez Fred
Ticket No: Pink 210 - Massage or Treatment kindly donated by Holistic hands
MARATHON SPONSORSHIP PAGE NOW OPEN!
Congratulations to Matt Day who completed the London Marathon in 3hrs 44mins 12 secs. So far Matt has raised in excess of £1500 for Body Positive Dorset!
Matt's sponsorship page is still open so you can still sposnsor him at:
The Passing of Patrick
We are sad to announce the passing of Patrick who died of a massive heart attack. It is certain that this would have been very quick and Patrick would not have suffered.
Patrick was an asset to the Centre and put a lot of hard work into the garden in particular.
He will be greatly missed and our we offer our deepest sympathies to Patrick's family and friends.
The Passing of Dominic
We are sad to announce the passing of Dominic who died at home.
Dominic was unable to attend the Centre very much due to long spells of illness, however, he enjoyed the Service User?s lunches and the ones that I took him back as a ?carry out? and also the company of others around him. He loved good food and if any shopping was to be done it was always ?the best ham, and the best beef? ? no cheap version for Dominic would do! He accepted his illnesses and faced obstacles around him with dignity. He didn?t want friends or family to feel sorry for him ? he was more than prepared to get on with things his way. He was resilient. He loved holidays ? especially in Egypt, where he hoped to have returned this year. He will be sadly missed.
25 YEARS OF BODY POSITIVE DORSET!
Can you believe it? This year sees our silver Jubilee! It's 25 years since Philip Hawkins and his supporters founded Body Positive Dorset.
In that time, we have supported hundreds of people affected by HIV in Dorset, raised awareness and fought stigma. We are now the only HIV support centre in Dorset and an authority on HIV related matters. These are things of which we should all be proud.
Since the charity was formed in 1986, the reality of life with HIV has changed dramatically. Treatment has improved beyond recognition giving a much brighter outlook and quality of life to HIV+ people. There is still plenty to do if we want to reduce stigma and discrimination and we look forward to the next 25 years. Who knows... will we see a cure in that time?
To mark this occasion we are planning a great celebratory event. Details to follow!
Read Our Publications Online
Our newsletters can now be read, downloaded and printed online! Yes - we have joined the techno-generation!
To do this visit:
...and select the publication you want to read. April?s newsletter is now available and we will be uploading back-issues in the near future. This link is also available on our 'links' web page.
Not only is this an improved service but will also help us reduce costs. The more people who get their info this way, the fewer man hours we will spend compiling email lists and the fewer hard copies we must produce. We will also be making other publications such as our leaflets available online.
World AIDS Day 2011
Being our 25th year, World AIDS Day 2011 was even more special and we were determined to make it a bigger success. With your help, we succeeded. Businesses and schools across Bournemouth and Poole enthusiastically raised funds through various means from paying for parking, cake sales and selling ribbons.
We are grateful to everyone who supported us on World AIDS Day and would especially like to acknowledge outstanding contributions by the members of staff at Barclays Bank, Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council. We are also indebted to JP Morgan for their generous donation. In addition, The Space Youth Project and Porchester School made valuable contributions.
Our intrepid band of volunteers braved the cold to sell red ribbons to the general public on Old Christchurch Road, in the square and on Commercial Road. Thanks a million to all our fantastic volunteers.
In terms of education, we delivered HIV awareness training to nearly 200 students at Parkstone Grammar School and we have received excellent feedback from teachers and students at the school.
The day culminated in a deeply moving Celebration of Life Service at St Stephen?s Church, Bournemouth which was attended by a great many dignitaries and patrons including Co-founder of Body Positive Dorset, Mr. Philip Hawkins.
We are especially grateful to The Bourne Harmony Vocal Group, the Borough of Poole Band, the Wessex Choir and all those who assisted in making the 25th Celebration of Life event possible.
World Aids Day a Great Success
1st December saw freezing conditions for World Aids Day. This did not deter Staff and volunteers who were out in force this year selling red ribbons & raffle tickets to raise funds for Body Positive Dorset.
In all 24 different sites across Bournemouth & Poole staged events to help raise funds from cake & ribbon sales to car parking donations dress-down days.
We also mobilised an intrepid team of volunteers to brave the arctic conditions on the street collection. These activities directly involved over 25,000 residents raising a whopping £5000 and a considerable amount of awareness.
In the evening, The Mayors & Mayoresses of the Boroughs of Bournemouth, Wimborne and Weymouth & Portland attended The Celebration of Life Service which was held with characteristic dignity at St Stephen?s Church.
The centrepiece of the service, led by Reverend Robin C N Harger BTh and Father Cannon John Hyde ssb, was the unfolding of the Quilt of Remembrance and the lighting of the Candles of Hope.
Bournemouth Community Gospel Choir sang uplifting music with their usual aplomb and Body Positive Dorset Service Users produced visual displays and slides showcasing Body Positive Dorset.
We are particularly grateful to our patron, Susan Hampshire, who addressed the congregation at the service. We also thank Susan for her extremely generous donation to Body Positive Dorset.
A huge thank you from all of us at Body Positive Dorset to all those who took part in World Aids Day 2010 - Service Users, volunteers, staff, local businesses, schools, dignitaries and of course the generous public!
1 Dec: World Aids Day Celebration of Life Service
Body Positive Dorset & St Stephen's Church Bournemouth welcome you to join in The Celebration of Life Service for World Aids Day, 1st December 2010.
The theme this year is 'Universal Access & Human Rights' & as such there will be representatives from several major faiths. Bournemouth Community Gospel Choir will sing inspiring songs & lead us in hymns. Our newest patron, Susan Hampshire, will be in attendance.
There will be the traditional laying of the 'Body Positive Dorset Memorial Quilt' & the lighting of 'The Candles of Remembrance.'
Join us afterwards at the church for refreshments and to enjoy the displays & slideshow which will showcase Body Positive Dorset.
You are also invited to attend DAMSET's Inauguration of the Bournemouth Aids Memorial beforehand at 5.15pm.
This will take place at Pier Approach - Lower Gardens
near the new Pavilion Dance Theatre at 5.15pm.
if you would like to attend please visit www.damset.co.uk
Susan Hampshire is new Body Positive Dorset patron
Actress Susan Hampshire OBE has agreed to join Body Positive Dorset as a patron.
Speaking about the new appointment Richard said ?we are naturally delighted and honoured that Susan has agreed to become a patron of Body Positive Dorset. She is a very sensitive person who is exceedingly generous with her time in support of good causes.
Susan?s association with Body Positive Dorset will certainly raise our profile and will support our campaigning and advocacy on behalf of local people living with HIV."
The award-winning actress has won three American Emmy awards for her roles in The Forsyte Saga, The First Churchills and Vanity Fair.
Most recently she starred in the BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen.
Body Positive joins Twitter
We have made yet another leap into the technological world and have joined Twitter. Follow us at www.twitter.com/BPDorset