The Passing of Miguel
We are sorry to announce that Miguel passed away quietly in his sleep last week.
Miguel's family have been informed and we will confirm any plans for a memorial in due course.
Deepest sympathy to Miguel's family and friends.
Thursday 6th Mar 2014, 6.00pm,
Diana, Princess of Wales House
Members are invited to vote at the AGM. Service Users and staff are welcome to attend but have no vote.
The next Trustees Meeting will be held at the Centre at 5.00pm on Thursday 6th March 2014, immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Any service user or member is welcome to attend or to request that a particular item be raised at the meeting on their behalf. In either case please advise
25th WORLD AIDS DAY - 1st December 2013
Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who helped to make this a very successful Awareness and Fundraising occasion. More Red Ribbons and Bracelets were distributed this year than ever before and funds raised exceeded expectations.
Once again, thanks to everyone who helped and to those companies and organisations who supported us.
New Education Officer
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jonny Owen as our Education Officer to deliver our HIV Awareness, Prevention Training in local schools and other organsiations.
Jon has already delivered a number of training sessions, notably to staff at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Barclays Bank in Poole and to students at Parkstone Grammar School.
For further information please contact Jonny at:
New Community Care Service
Body Positive Dorset is in the process of setting up the 'Body Positive Dorset Community Care Service' supporting registered Service Users.
A two day training course (over a weekend) is currently being written and this will be held in the centre in early 2014 (dates to be confirmed).
Please contact the Development Workers, Sam, Jon or Philip at the centre, if you are interested in:
1. becoming a Community Care Volunteer
2. applying to receive Community Care
3. receiving more information
HIV positive volunteers very welcome to apply.
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legal advice the Board of Trustees decided at their meeting on 18th August 2012 that the current Dog Policy should be rescinded.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 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