FREE FORMULA MILK PROVISION FOR BABIES BORN TO WOMEN WHO ARE LIVING WITH HIV AND RESIDENT IN THE CITY OF SALFORD

 

Are you a woman living with HIV and a resident of Salford?

 

Do you have a child who is under 12 months old?

 

Are you pregnant?

 

Do you know that breastfeeding is an identified route of vertical transmission of HIV, and current UK clinical guidance recommends that an infant born to a mother living with HIV is fed exclusively with formula milk?

 

George House Trust administers a Formula Milk Scheme funded by Salford City Council and open to residents of Salford borough.

 

The scheme provides free formula milk for the first 12 months of the baby’s life, and a starter steriliser kit to women living with HIV who give birth and is open to all women regardless of income or immigration status.

 

Referrals to the scheme

Pregnant women living with HIV or mothers living with HIV with infants under 12 months old who are resident in Salford can be referred to George House Trust via the ‘make a referral’ section of our website.

 

Referrals can be made by any health professional or people may self-refer.

 

To find out more about the scheme contact adela@ght.org.uk or call 0161 274 4499

Wednesday, 1 January, 2020

NEW ROLE, NEW YOU - VOLUNTEER ROLES

 

NEW ROLE, NEW YOU

 

The new Distribution Volunteer role is an ideal addition to your current volunteer responsibilities and would be perfect for volunteers living outside of Manchester City Centre. Our Distribution Volunteers will distribute and restock George House Trust informational literature at identified sites across Greater Manchester.

 

You will be able to collect the literature from the office at your convenience and distribute the materials in your local area. This is a very flexible role and will be integral to ensuring people in your local area know about George House Trust and how to access services.

 

You can check out the role description here

 

If you fancy something a little more office based then why not think about supporting us as a Finance Administration Volunteer? This role is ideal for someone looking to volunteer for four hours per week to either gain or build skills in financial and accounting procedures. This role is suitable for anyone with an interest in finance and would provide a good insight into how a small charity works.

 

You can check out the role description here

 

If either of those roles appeal to you then please drop me an email or give me a call and we can discuss them in more detail.

Wednesday, 22 January, 2020

PEOPLE WITH HIV AND THEIR DOCTORS HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES FOR CLINICAL CARE

When patients living with HIV were asked to rank the priority issues to be covered during a routine clinical appointment, they ranked social issues such as stigma and social support far higher than their healthcare providers, who often wanted to focus on substance use. The study by Dr Rob Fredericksen of the University of Washington is published online by AIDS and Behavior.

 

A total of 206 patients were recruited at five clinics in Birmingham, Alabama; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington. Efforts were made to recruit a diverse sample, including cisgender women (30%), transgender women (9%), people aged under 30 (11%) or over 55 (22%), black (33%) and Latino people (28%), individuals poorly engaged in care (25%), people with a detectable viral load (29%), people diagnosed in the past five years (30%) and rural residents (10%).

 

They were given a list of 25 possible issues to address in a typical clinical visit and asked to select their top eight priority issues as well as the three least important topics.

 

Separately, 17 healthcare providers completed the same exercise.

 

The top issues for people living with HIV were:

  1. Medication adherence
  2. HIV and treatment symptoms
  3. Depression
  4. Sexual risk behaviour
  5. HIV stigma
  6. Pain
  7. Physical function
  8. Social support.

 

Their three lowest priorities were anger, shortness of breath, and tobacco use.

 

Healthcare providers’ priorities were different:

  1. Substance abuse
  2. Depression
  3. Medication adherence
  4. Alcohol abuse
  5. Tobacco use
  6. Sexual risk behaviour
  7. HIV and treatment symptoms
  8. Cognitive function.

 

Clinicians ranked shortness of breath, positive affect, and spirituality/meaning of life as the least important.

 

Whereas 94% of clinicians put substance abuse in their top eight, only 36% of patients did so. Similarly, 71% of clinicians put tobacco use in their top eight, compared to 15% of patients, and this was the lowest overall ranked item for people living with HIV.

 

People living with HIV tended to rate social issues such as HIV stigma and social support as of greater importance than healthcare providers did. For example, 48% of patients and 18% of clinicians included stigma in their list of top eight issues. People who had been diagnosed with HIV more recently, were younger, were black or Latino and were more likely to see stigma as a priority issue.

 

A number of symptoms and social issues were considered a priority by significant numbers of patients but not by a single healthcare provider who took part: positive affect (31% of patients), fatigue (27%), spirituality/meaning of life (26%), sleep disturbance (22%), social roles (18%), social isolation (17%) and anger (16%).

 

Qualitative interviews in which 79 patients explained their choices showed that they saw social issues and health behaviours as being closely interconnected, as this man explained:

“If you don’t get over the stigma… none of this matters. The isolation is gonna come in, right? You’re not gonna even care about the symptoms or the treatments. You’re not gonna take care of your medication, you’re gonna start that risky behaviour.”

 

Drug use and sexual risk behaviours were often described as self medication in response to stigma and social isolation.

“[HIV stigma] is all you think of… It causes depression and then you want to use [drugs]. You’re gonna socially isolate yourself, because you don’t want to deal with people like that.”

 

People who had been living with HIV for several years talked about how their priorities had changed over time. Some issues had been particularly important soon after diagnosis:

“Now, the reason why I have them in this order is because when I first found out about me being diagnosed, these first three [depression, HIV stigma, spirituality/meaning of life] it hit me hard. I was depressed. I didn’t want to be around… I didn’t know how to handle it at first.”

 

When asked how they would like healthcare providers to address issues like stigma and social isolation, many people with HIV acknowledged that there may be no ‘easy fix’ to these complex issues. However, they expressed deep appreciation of clinicians who acknowledged difficult circumstances in their lives.

 

The interviews suggested that showing interest, demonstrating familiarity with the issues, and making appropriate referrals to mental health and social support services may often be sufficient.

 

“Many patients felt it important that their healthcare address the at-times overwhelming context-based problems in their lives,” Fredericksen and colleagues note. Doing so may strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and so improve the likelihood of successfully addressing other issues, they suggest.

Thursday, 2 January, 2020

 

VOLUNTEER THANK YOU AWARDS EVENT

 

Although it is still some time away yet we are starting to get our thinking caps on about the next volunteer social.  We will be celebrating National Volunteers Week in June and want to show our appreciation to the volunteer team by hosting a thank you awards ceremony.

 

It would be great to hear from you if you have a suggestion of a venue we could host it in this year? Answers on a postcard to Rachel.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

MEMBERS MEETING - FEBRUARY 5th 2020

 

MEMBERS MEETING - FEBRUARY 2020

 

Our next Members Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, February 5th.  Members will receive an invitation to this meeting from Ingrid, our Governance Administrator.

 

Not a member yet? Please visit our Membership Area for further information.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

AGE+ PROJECT COORDINATOR

 

Job Vacancy – Age+ Project Coordinator

 

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract type: Fixed term contract to end June 2021 (with successful candidate commencing April 1st 2020)

Salary: £24,313

 

We currently have a vacancy for a Project Coordinator to lead our exciting new Age+ project for people living with HIV and over the age of 55.

 

The post is offered on a 15-month fixed term contract basis and we are looking for the successful candidate to commence on April 1st 2020.

 

An ever-growing ageing population of people living with HIV means that support services will need to change and adapt to ensure that they remain relevant.

 

Services provided within the Age+ project will include informal social networking opportunities, skills-based training sessions, new volunteering opportunities and one to one support.

 

Alongside these services, a key element of the project will be the delivery of HIV training and awareness sessions to residential care homes, social care providers and other organisations in contact with, or supporting, older people.

 

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for leading on all aspects of the project.

 

We are looking to recruit someone with project management experience, knowledge and understanding about HIV and a commitment to challenging HIV stigma.

 

If you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to make a success of this role you can download an application pack, which includes a job description and person specification here

 

If you require a hard copy job pack email phillip@ght.org.uk or call 0161 274 4499 to request one.

 

Deadline for applications is 9:00 am on Monday 3rd February 2020.

 

Please note that applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

 

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February 2020. Shortlisted candidates will only need to attend on one of the interview dates.

 

Regrettably, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

 

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HIV AND AGEING?  ‘HIVLIVE’ EVENT AT GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

We are pleased to be hosting Terrence Higgins Trust’s ‘HIVLive’ event at George House Trust on Thursday 27th February. The event will take the form of an hour-long talk relating to HIV ad ageing that will explore the latest research and understanding.

 

We will be joined by Dr Clare van Halsema, Consultant in Infectious Diseases from North Manchester General Hospital.

 

People can attend as audience members or access the talk through a livestreaming platform using a smart phone, tablet or computer.

 

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day and we can reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

 

Please note that this event is for people aged 50 and over.

 

You can register for the event here

Sunday, 19 January, 2020

LIFE COACHING WITH RESULT CIC AT GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

Are you looking for a new challenge, want to make changes to your life or want support to stick to your new year resolutions?

 

We are 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

Friday, 10 January, 2020

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

 

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES AT GEORGE HOUSE TRUST

 

We have lots of really exciting volunteer vacancies. If you fancy dipping your toe into something new then why not get involved by helping us in our reception as a Meet and Greet Volunteer?

 

Or if you fancy supporting us more directly with our service users, we are looking for volunteers to support us during our Groups and Sessions. If you consider yourself to be a friendly and warm individual with an enthusiasm for social inclusion then why not get involved in our Saturday Drop-ins and Relaxation Therapies? Dates for up and coming events are as follows:

 

Saturday Drop In

  • 22nd February
  • 28th March

 

Relaxation Therapies

  • 18th March

 

To stay up to date with volunteer vacancies visit the volunteering page here

 

As with all volunteer related things, contact Rachel for more information about how to get involved.

Friday, 10 January, 2020

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.

Living with HIV? Want to talk to us?
Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk

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