Exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety in people living with HIV, according to the results of a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

 

You can read the full story here.

Monday, 28 October, 2019

POSITIVELY SPEAKING

 

POSTIVELY SPEAKING

 

Could you tell your own story to raise awareness of the facts of living with HIV?

 

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join our ‘Positively Speaking’ Project.  We are seeking applications from people living with HIV who are prepared to talk about their experiences of living with HIV.

 

You will attend training, delivered at George House Trust, where you will be supported to develop your own unique story in preparation for sharing your experiences with different groups of people.  Some examples of groups we have worked with so far are school children and young people, medical professionals and professional networks.

 

As a Positive Speaker you will play a vital role in raising awareness of HIV and challenging HIV-related stigma.  George House Trust is commited to ensuring that the Undetectable = Untransmittable message reaches and is understood by the widest possible audience.  We need your help to spread this message.  This volunteer role is flexible so can work around your other commitments.

 

Interested?  Contact Rachel for more information and how to apply.

Sunday, 27 October, 2019

Christmas Opening Hours

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

 

We will be closing on Tuesday 24th December 2019 and re-open on Thursday 2nd January at 9:30am. 

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2020.

Saturday, 26 October, 2019

LIFE COACHING WITH RESULT CIC AT GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

We are currently offering life coaching at George House Trust. The coaching is being provided by Result CIC as part of an Awards for All grant from the Lottery Community Fund.

 

You will be assigned a life coach who through a series of focussed conversations, will enable you to think about your current situation, decide what you want and then support you to take the necessary steps to get there.

 

You will work one-on-one with your life coach and sessions can be done at George House Trust, over the phone or using Skype.

 

You can have up to 10 sessions.

To find out more, email Joshua or call 0161 274 4499.

 

Please note, this service is provided by Result CIC not George House Trust

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019

 

THE GREATER MANCHESTER UK AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT TRAIL

 

Inspired by the 2019 Global World AIDS Day theme ‘Communities make the Difference’, we are delighted and proud to announce an exhibition of panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt in locations across Greater Manchester in the run up to World AIDS Day, December 1st 2019.

 

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is a unique and powerful historical and social artefact and an irreplaceable piece of HIV history. It tells the stories of people lost to the virus in the early days of the HIV epidemic in the UK. Loved ones are honoured and remembered in panels made by partners, friends and families. This is the first time any of the Quilt panels have been exhibited in Greater Manchester since 2007.

 

The Greater Manchester UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail will run from 25th November until 1st December at various venues.  A launch event will take place at HOME, Manchester on 25th November at 6.30pm.

 

VENUES

 

Each venue will display a panel from the Quilt.  Each panel measures 12 foot x 12 foot (3.6m x 3.6m)

 

 

WORLD AIDS DAY

 

Since the virus was identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV-related illnesses. Nearly 37 million people are living with HIV today with over 101,000 of those in the UK.

 

Despite huge medical advances in treatment, HIV remains a highly stigmatised medical condition. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those lost to HIV globally, to raise awareness and to educate people about HIV today.

 

Neal Sharpe, Joint Interim Executive Director, George House Trust, says:

 

"We believe that the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt can be used as a key resource to raise levels of awareness about HIV. By personalising those who have died from HIV related illnesses and by presenting information about people living with HIV today, we hope to break down barriers and challenge the stigma that still affects the lives of many people living with HIV.”

 

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail leads up to the Greater Manchester World AIDS Day Vigil which takes place on Sunday 1st December at 6pm in Sackville Gardens, the site of the Beacon of Hope, Manchester’s memorial to those lost to HIV/AIDS.

 

George House Trust is coordinating and delivering the Greater Manchester UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail for the PaSH (Passionate about Sexual Health) Partnership as part of Greater Manchester’s World AIDS commemorations.

 

The PaSH Partnership is a collaboration between George House Trust, BHA for Equality and LGBT Foundation.

Thursday, 31 October, 2019

WORLD AIDS DAY VIGIL 2019

1st DECEMBER IS WORLD AIDS DAY

 

We have been busy planning for World AIDS Day with our PaSH partners and can confirm that The World AIDS Day Candlelit Procession and Vigil will be held in Sackville Gardens on Sunday December 1st from 6pm to 7pm.

 

The global theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Communities make the difference’.

 

We will be out in force with collecting tins on the streets of Manchester over the World AIDS day weekend.  We need lots of volunteers to help raise as much money as we can, so if you would like to volunteer to help with street collections over the weekend, please contact rachel@ght.org.uk

Sunday, 27 October, 2019

ANNUAL HIV STIGMA SURVEY

 

We are approaching the end of the annual Stigma Survey for people living with HIV. The study aims to identify how people living with HIV in the UK experience HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and to describe how stigma affects their daily lives.

 

The survey is open until December 1st 2019.

Monday, 28 October, 2019

‘To Whom It May Concern’ by Jordan Roberts

 

Manchester artist Jordan Roberts is looking for participants to take part in an exciting new art project focusing on the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are living with HIV.

 

The project involves having a portrait taken and a letter writing exercise.

 

The work will be exhibited publicly but both portraits and letters can be anonymised as much as the participant likes with the full support of the artist.

 

A workshop for participants to have portraits taken and to work on writing letters will take place on Sunday 17th November from 1pm at Partisan, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY (near Victoria Train Station).

 

The letter writing portion of the workshop will be facilitated by award-winning playwright Nathaniel Hall.

 

Nathaniel’s critically acclaimed play ‘First Time’ has been helping to change the public conversation around life with HIV.

 

Participants should be:

 

• Living with HIV.

• Based in Greater Manchester.

• Happy to share their story on their terms.

• Free on 17th November.

• The project is actively seeking women, trans and non-binary people, and people of colour to take part in this project to show the diversity of people living with HIV in our city.

 

There is also an option to read your letter at a launch event on 30 November. Everyone is welcome to attend this event whether they would like to read their letter or not.

 

Please contact Jordan Roberts by email.

 

This project is supported by Superbia at Manchester Pride.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This project is external and is not organised by George House Trust

Monday, 28 October, 2019

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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