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 or call 0161 274 4499

Wednesday, 1 January, 2020





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


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




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





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



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 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




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



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





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

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