BUY GEORGE A DRINK

BUY GEORGE A DRINK AND HELP SUPPORT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

BUY GEORGE A DRINK AND HELP SUPPORT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

 

George House Trust is launching a new fundraising campaign and inviting people to Buy George a Drink.

 

We want to make it easy to support the work of George House Trust by enabling one off text donations.

 

The campaign encourages everyone to include George when buying a round of drinks by texting ‘DRINK’ to 70660, which will automatically donate £3 to George House Trust.

 

Posters will be going up in pubs, clubs, juice bars, tea rooms and coffee shops across the city centre and we want absolutely everyone to get involved, so if you see our posters, whether you’re out for your regular drinks, brunch cocktails or afternoon tea, please text and include George when getting a round in.

 

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We want to increase awareness of the work we do and the more people engage with George House Trust, the more we can educate people about our vision - for all people to know their HIV status and to be HIV aware.

 

The ultimate goal for the campaign is to increase the overall fundraising total and expand presence and awareness of George House Trust so we can ensure all people living with HIV can live happy and healthy lives, free from stigma and discrimination.

 

CEO of George House Trust, Stephanie Mallas said

“Buy George a Drink is a great, simple way for people to engage with George House Trust and support the work we do. We hope that everyone will include George when they’re out enjoying a drink and we want as many venues as possible to promote the campaign with the aim of making everyone HIV aware.”

For further details email Samuel Clarke, Community Fundraising Organiser, or call 0161 274 5565

 

Thursday, 12 October, 2017

VOTE FOR GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

WE NEED YOUR VOTES

 

George House Trust​ House Trust is taking part in the Aviva​ Community Fund, with a chance to win £10,000 in support of our Positively Speaking project – and we need your help! 

 

Positively Speaking gives people living with HIV a platform to tell their powerful personal stories to a range of audiences such as GP practices, schools, housing associations and LGBT groups. Positively Speaking increases the confidence of people living with HIV by giving them a voice. Audiences also increase their understanding of HIV, which helps to tackle HIV prejudice and misconceptions.

 

You can help by registering to cast your 10 votes towards our project, and you can enter into a draw for a chance to win a prize. 

 

Please share this as widely as possible, with your friends, family and on your social media accounts. We need help  to get our project to the top! 

 

Voting ends at midday on 21st November.

 

 

Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017

People and Parliament: Remembering 30 Years of HIV and AIDS

PEOPLE AND PARLIAMENT: REMEMBERING 30 Years of HIV and AIDS

 

AN EXHIBITION OF UK AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT PANELS AT WESTMINSTER HALL

27 NOVEMBER - 3 DECEMBER 2017

 

The exhibition will mark 30 years of HIV in the UK through a narrative focusing on the work of parliament and key parliamentarians from 1980s to the present day. This will be set within the context of the contribution of campaigners from inside and outside Parliament, the changing face of HIV in the UK and remembrance of those who died in the early days.

 

Alongside this information will tell the story of government engagement in HIV and AIDS, from the ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ campaign in 1987 to the funding for the National HIV Prevention programme today; initiatives including the launch of the first national strategy for sexual health and HIV in 2001, universal access to HIV treatments in 2005 to the publishing of ‘The HIV Puzzle’ and the continuing work of the APPG on HIV and AIDS.  It will also recognise those who have taken a leadership role in campaigning groups and within parliament such as Lord Kilmarnock, founder of the APPG on AIDS; Baroness Masham of Ilton, who has been a Vice-Chair of the Group since its inception; Lord Fowler who championed action towards HIV in his role as Secretary of State for Health and Baroness Gould of Potternewton who advised the Government as Chair of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV.

 

The exhibition will also recognise parliament’s function in scrutinising the work of the Government and the crucial role in effective policymaking to improve the care and treatment for people living with HIV. Select Committees from both Houses have recognised the complex and evolving nature of HIV policy and by gathering evidence from around the world, have sought to improve UK policymaking on domestic and international HIV issues.  In 2005, the Health Select Committee published New Developments in Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS policy, challenging the Government’s position of the day on free access to treatment for non-UK nationals resulting in the universal access to treatment in 2012.  In 2011, the Lords’ Select Committee on HIV and AIDS, chaired by Lord Fowler, published the No Vaccine, No Cure report, highlighting both the enormous advances in the treatment and care of people living with HIV in the UK and related stigma which preventing people from accessing the testing and treatment. Internationally, the Commons’ International Development Select Committee launched inquiries, in 2009 and 2017, into the Department for International Development’s work on HIV/AIDS globally, on both occasions, praising the Government’s commitment to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but also pressed the Government to do more to address challenges for grassroots advocates and key populations.

 

To illustrate the impact upon the community and as an act of remembrance for World AIDS Day on 1 December, the exhibition will include a display of the UK’s AIDS Memorial Quilts to tell the story of individuals who died of AIDS in the 80s and 90s with remembrances from families and friends .

 

The exhibition will be set up by staff and volunteers from the organisations of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Conservation Partnership who will be at the exhibition throughout its duration to guide visitors through and provide them with further information. 

 

DISPLAYS AND MATERIAL

A series of role-up banners will provide a timeline of government engagement and initiatives to tackle HIV in the UK, and provide in-depth information on specific actions and their impact, and profiles of parliamentarians who played a key role e.g. Lord Fowler.

 

The UK’s AIDS Memorial Quilt is an irreplaceable piece of social history and remembrance of those who died of HIV and AIDS in the 80s and 90s. The quilt panels measure 12 feet x 12 feet and can be laid out on a floor.  The above image shows Panels displayed in St Paul’s Cathedral in 2016:

 

Alongside the quilts will be A3 stands providing information about those remembered and quotes from those who created the quilts.

 

Further images of the quilts can be found at http://www.aidsquiltuk.org/gallery/

 

As we aim to reach as many people as possible over World AIDS Day and due to the size of the AIDS Memorial Quilt panels, Westminster Hall is the only suitable venue for this exhibition

 

RELEVANCE TO PARLIAMENT?

The story of HIV in the UK and Government’s response is a unique piece of parliamentary history. It is the story of parliament’s intervention to prevent a national epidemic, an intervention that prevented the spread of HIV, saves lives and ensured effective support and care for those affected and challenge HIV related stigma.  What is also unique is that the story of HIV from a terminal to long-term condition has happened within our lifetime over the course of 30 years and, as such, has occurred alongside the careers of parliamentarians who were at the vanguard of, and continue to, advocate for the rights of people living with HIV.

 

When AIDS first appeared in the 1980s it marked, for the first time in the 20th century, the beginning of a potential epidemic in the UK. This was an epidemic disproportionately impacting upon those on the fringes of society at that time, notably gay men, drug users and sex workers.

 

In the words of Lord Fowler, who was Secretary of State for Health from 1981 to 1987: ‘We were the only people that could protect the public and prevent deaths from taking place’ (Lord Norman Fowler, 2016)

 

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the UK Government’s engagement in tackling HIV and supporting people with HIV.  Parliament has recognised and addressed issues from raising awareness in 1987 through launching the Don’t Die of Ignorance Campaign and then in 2017 within compulsory relationships and sexual education in secondary schools; testing through the introduction of the ante-natal screening programme in 1999 and legislation for home testing kits in 2014; through to protection of those living with HIV with the inclusion of HIV in the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, subsequently strengthened in the 2010 Equality Act. 

 

 

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017

George House Trust Welfare Fund

ABOUT YOU

IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately, we will not be able to grant a cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer or bed frames as you are currently living with friends/relatives, in temporary accommodation or hostel or are homeless.  Please make an application for any one of these items when you are in permananet accommodation with a private or housing association tenancy agreement and where this item is not included on the inventory or supplied as part of a furnished or part-furnished let.

 

You can continue with your application for other items.

SOURCES OF INCOME
Please tick all that apply. You will not be asked to disclose how much salary or benefit(s) you receive.
BENEFIT COMPONENT
Enter the name of the other benefit(s) you receive
WHAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR

Unfortunately, we will not be able to grant a cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer or bed frames as you are currently living with friends/relatives, in temporary accommodation or hostel or are homeless.  Please make an application for any one of these items when you are in permananet accommodation with a private or housing association tenancy agreement and where this item is not included on the inventory or supplied as part of a furnished or part-furnished let.

 

You can continue with an application for other items by makng another selection for any item not marked with *

 

 

Welfare Fund: GAS COOKER
 
You are making an application for a GAS COOKER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The gas cooker will be fitted by a qualified installer, arranged through the supplier, and I am not permitted to arrange independent installation as an alternative.  George House Trust will not supply gas cookers which are not delivered brand new and which are not fitted by the supplier.
  2. The welfare fund will cover the cost of standard installation and there must be a suitable gas supply in the vicinity of where the cooker is to be sited for the installation to take place.
  3. I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges that may be necessary if a gas supply or fittings needs to be installed or replaced.
  4. My old appliance will be taken away by the installer.
  5. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  6. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  7. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  8. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  9. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: ELECTRIC COOKER
 
You are making an application for an ELECTRIC COOKER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The electric cooker will be fitted by a qualified installer, arranged through the supplier, and I am not permitted to arrange independent installation as an alternative.  George House Trust will not supply electric cookers which are not delivered brand new and which are not fitted by the supplier.
  2. The welfare fund will cover the cost of standard installation and there must be suitable electrical sockets in the vicinity of where the cooker is to be sited for the installation to take place.
  3. I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges that may be necessary if wiring needs to be installed or replaced.
  4. My old appliance will be taken away by the installer.
  5. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  6. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  7. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  8. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  9. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: FRIDGE/FREEZER
 
You are making an application for a FRIDGE, FREEZER or a FRIDGE/FREEZER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The welfare fund does not cover the cost of installation of a fridge, freezer or a fridge/freezer and I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges if I seek professional installation of the appliance.
  2. My old appliance will be taken away by the supplier.
  3. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  4. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  5. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  6. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  7. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: TUMBLE DRYER
 
You are making an application for a TUMBLE DRYER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The welfare fund does not cover the cost of installation and I understand that I will be responsible for any additional charges if I seek professional installation of the appliance.
  2. My old appliance will be taken away by the supplier.
  3. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  4. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  5. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  6. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  7. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: MICROWAVE OVEN
 
You are making an application for a MICROWAVE OVEN.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  2. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  3. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  4. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  5. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: BED FRAME / MATTRESS
 
You are making an application for a BED FRAME and/or MATTRESS.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  2. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  3. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  4. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  5. The make and specification of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: VACUUM CLEANER
 
You are making an application for a VACUUM CLEANER.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  2. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  3. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  4. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  5. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
Welfare Fund: WASHING MACHINE
 
You are making an application for a WASHING MACHINE.  You must read the following statements carefully.  You will be asked to tick a box to indicate that you agree to these terms.  If you are unable to agree to these terms, we will unfortunately not be able to proceed with your application for this item.
 
I acknowledge that, if my application is successful, the item requested above will be delivered to my home.  The goods have been funded by the George House Trust Welfare Fund and the item will be supplied by the supplier chosen by George House Trust.
 
I understand and agree to the following:
  1. The washing machine will be fitted by a qualified installer, arranged through the supplier, and I am not permitted to arrange independent installation as an alternative.  George House Trust will not supply washing machines which are not delivered brand new and which are not fitted by the supplier.
  2. The Welfare Fund covers the cost of a standard installation.  Adequate water inlet and waste pipes and an electrical socket must be available in the vicinity of where the washing machine is to be located for the installation to take place.  
  3. My old appliance will be taken away by the supplier.
  4. If the item is faulty, or becomes faulty at a later date, I am responsible for contacting the supplier from where the item was bought.
  5. The item will be delivered to my home address. This address is the one recorded on the George House Trust database.
  6. If the arrangements made for delivery at the time of ordering are not convenient for me I am responsible for making any necessary alternative arrangements myself by contacting the supplier on the phone number below.
  7. I am responsible for ensuring that I (or my representative) is at my home address to receive the item when it is delivered.
  8. The make and model of the item will be decided by George House Trust on the basis of the information I have supplied and I will not be able to change or amend the order.
We will not be able to consider your application for the able item without your agreement to the above terms

Grants for clothing are made by store vouchers for £150.  Until further notice, you will not be able to collect from our office and vouchers will be posted to you.  We may be able to arrange e-vouchers, which can be emailed to you, subject to store avaialbility.

Bed sets will be delivered to your home.  Bed sets are 1 x quilt, 2 x pillows and  plain-dyed sets consisting of 2 x duvet covers, 4 x pillow cases and 2 x sheets.  Quilts will have polyester fibre filling and the TOG rating may vary.  We do not make cash payments for bed sets.

Grants for 6 months membership will be made by voucher, redeemable at your local Pure Gym.  We do not make cash payments for gym membership.   

EXPENSES

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please provide as much information as possible in your responses to the following questions.  Your application is more likely to be accepted if you provide full supporting information as the Panel can more easily make a decision based on your circumstances and the reasons for your application.

 

 

If you have any unusual or high expenses, including debt repayments that impact heavily on your budget, tell us about them here.  Examples include debt repayments and care and mobility costs in relation to disabilities.  We may be able to provide additional services to help your debts be managed, including negotiating payment plans on your behalf or sourcing other means to reduce your outgoings.

George House Trust can provide specialist advice and advocacy if you are experiencing problems managing debt.  Would you like someone to call you to discuss the support we can offer? 
 

Our Adviser will call you back.
 
If your personal and/or financial situation has been affected by Covid 19 please explain how. Examples include the following:
 
  • You or a member of your household have or have had Covid-19
  • You have received a government letter advising you to shield
  • You have lost your job, been furloughed or have lost work
     
 
If you do not have any unusual or high expenses or have not been significantly impacted by Covid-19, use this space to describe your circumstances as fully as you can to support your application.

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