George House Trust is delighted to announce that its Board Of Trustees has appointed Darren Knight as Chief Executive Officer.  Darren’s appointment will commence on 28 September 2020.

Darren said 

"As someone who has seen the amazing work of George House Trust evolve over the years and the organisation’s excellent record in tackling stigma, providing services, support and influencing change, I’m both delighted and excited to be joining the team.  I’m totally committed to ensuring the work that George House Trust delivers continues to meet the diverse and changing needs of people living with and affected by HIV in my role as Chief Executive".

Darren has over 14 years’ experience of working in charities and joins George House Trust from Bolton CVS, where he’s been the Chief Executive for the last 5 years.

Darren also worked for Shelter as a Development Manager on the Inspiring Change Manchester programme and spent almost 9 years working for the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (now LGBT Foundation), where he was the Head of Policy and Engagement.

In his spare time, Darren is a Trustee for Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lancashire LGBT, as well as being a volunteer mentor for young people with Bolton Lads and Girls Club and a volunteer befriender for older people with Senior Solutions.  He lives in Westhoughton with his husband, Andy and their dog Fletcher.


Jo Hancock, Chair of The Trustees said

 “I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Darren as the new Chief Executive for George House Trust, and welcome him to the organisation.  Darren will be a strong and passionate leader, and his commitment to the cause will ensure that George House Trust continues to challenge stigma and provide innovative services that meet the needs of our diverse client group".


Thursday, 30 July, 2020

Experiences of Black African Women Living With HIV


Shiraaz Sidat is a Sexual Health Care Coordinator who is also an MSc Health Psychology student at the University College of London.  Shiraaz is working on a project which explores the experiences of Black African women living with HIV in the UK.  


The project is using in-depth analysis and interviews, with the aim of better understanding the experiences of women in order to inform the development of support services for this group.  They are looking for people to get involved and everyone who completes an interview will receive a £15 Amazon voucher.


To participate, you must be a Black African woman who has been resident in the UK for at least two years.  You need to have identified as female from birth and be between the ages of 25 and 45.  Additionally, you need to be accessing clinical care and to have had an undetectable viral load for at least six months.


For further information and to find out how you can get involved, please visit their website.  You can also contact Shiraaz by email.

Friday, 17 July, 2020


Healthwatch Manchester Surveys


Healthwatch Manchester is the independent consumer champion. It was created to listen and gather the public and patient’s experiences of using local health and social care services.  This includes services like GPs, pharmacists, hospitals, dentists, care homes and community based care.  Healthwatch Manchester are currently conducting surveys which may be of interest to you.  Please note these surveys are only for residents of the city of Manchester.


COVID-19 Survey


Since the beginning of the pandemic Healthwatch Manchester have been contacted by residents from across Manchester who have raised concerns about their health and social care.  In response to this, Healthwatch Manchester launched a COVID-19 survey, so they can better understand the challenges which people have faced when accessing healthcare over the last few months.


Healthwatch Manchester especially need to know about the impact it is having on individuals and communities with protected characteristics, such as BAME, LGBTQ+, long term conditions, learning disabilities.  Please help them to amplify your voice and make sure no-one is left behind.


If you would like to share your healthcare experiences, good or bad, to help Healthwatch Manchester improve local services then they would love for you to complete their short survey which you can access here.


De-registration Survey


Healthwatch Manchester have heard numerous accounts from people who have been deregistered from a GP Practice, and as a result they are launching a new survey to find out the true picture across Manchester.  Healthwatch Manchester are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experienced homeless and how this impacted upon their registration with a GP.


People who are experiencing homelessness often suffer from poor health outcomes, especially when they have pre-existing medical conditions.  Research conducted by Public Health England found that 41% of homeless people had reported a long-term physical health problem and 45% reported a mental health problem.  These figures are almost double that of the general population, highlighting the added importance of ensuring that homeless people have access to medical care.


Once a homeless person is deregistered from a GP practice it can be very difficult for them to get registered again.  Despite NHS guidelines making it clear that you do not need to have a fixed address to register with a GP, we commonly hear this as a reason given for refusing a registration.  This is why it is so important to ensure that patients are not deregistered in the first place, and Healthwatch Manchester are very keen to hear the experiences which homeless people have gone through with deregistration.


The short survey can be found here.


Alternatively, you can audio record (voice memo) the answers to the questions within the survey and then email the audio file to


Please let Healthwatch Manchester know if you would like a copy of the questions.  You can also phone Healthwatch Manchester on 0161 228 1344 or visit their website here.

Friday, 17 July, 2020

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