GEORGE HOUSE TRUST RECEIVES THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE  

 

Our volunters have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 

 

George House Trust has been providing HIV support, advice and advocacy services to improve health outcomes since 1985, we are a service user-centred organisation with a diverse team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

 

George House Trust is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.  The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. 

 

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.   They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.

 

Representatives of George House Trust will receive the award from Sir Warren Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.

 

George House Trust’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachel Purvis says:

“We are thrilled and honoured that the hard work and commitment of George House Trust’s volunteers has been recognised at this level. We could not deliver our wide variety of support services to people living with HIV in Greater Manchester and the wider North West without the dedication and hard work of our amazing volunteer team. Everything each and every one of our volunteers does contributes to our vision - for people living with HIV to live healthy lives free from stigma and discrimination. We could not be prouder of them all.”

 

George House Trust is one of the longest serving HIV charities in the UK.  Launched in July 1985, we have been providing support services to people living with HIV, their carers, partners and families across the North-West of England for over 34 years.  We work with children, young people and adults, delivering support through relevant and timely interventions, which focus on empowerment and strengthening confidence to live a fulfilling and healthy life.  We are recognised nationally as an organisation that has developed innovative responses to the needs of people living with HIV. We are also recognised for our commitment to being a service user-centered charity, putting service users at the heart of its decision making processes and governance.  All our services are provided free of charge.

Tuesday, 2 June, 2020

Latest News on COVID-19 from Aidsmap

Latest News on COVID-19 from Aidsmap

 

Two studies of COVID-19 cases published in recent days lead investigators to the cautious conclusion that people living with HIV are not at higher risk of death or severe illness, but one study shows a higher frequency of bacterial pneumonia leading to death in people living with HIV hospitalised with COVID-19.  Read the full article here.

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

CLINIC UPDATE

CLINIC UPDATE

 

All the HIV clinics in Greater Manchester remain open.

 

Due to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 across the UK most HIV clinics across Greater Manchester have reduced their opening times and the number of face-to-face appointments they offer. This is to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19 and because staff at many clinics have been redeployed to other parts of the NHS.

 

Clinics are doing most of their consultations over the phone – if you are on treatment, have an undetectable viral load and have no medical issues, you will probably receive a supply of medication and your next set of bloods will be deferred for six months.

 

You may still be asked to go into clinic if you are newly diagnosed, switching treatment or you have a medical need that cannot be dealt with over the phone.

 

Below are the contact details for all the clinics in Greater Manchester. For further details please check your clinics website or call them on the number provided.

 

Clinic

Contact number

Bolton Sexual Health Clinic

0120 439 0771

Bury Sexual Health Clinic

0300 303 8565

Goodman Centre – Salford

0161 206 1099

North Manchester Clinic (Outpatient D)

0161 918 4263

North Manchester Clinic (Outpatients B)

0161 7202 677

Oldham Sexual Health Clinic

0300 303 8565

Orange Rooms – Ashton-Under-Lynne

0161 342 7101

Rochdale Sexual Health Clinic

0300 303 8565

Stockport Choices Centre

0161 204 5888

The Hathersage Centre

0161 701 1555

Withington Clinic

0161 217 4939

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

May 17

 

IDAHOBIT

 

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

 

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

 

The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

 

2019 Annual Report

Friday, 15 May, 2020

 

OUR SUPPORT GOES MUCH FURTHER WITH YOUR SUPPORT

 

Like many - if not all - charities across the UK, we are experiencing an unprecedented impact on our income; particularly that income which is generated through community fundraising events.

 

Ever since we were founded in 1985, in response to the emergence of a new virus, we have relied on donations and fundraising income to support our core work.  The funding we receive from local authorities to provide one-to-one advice & support and the income for projects like our Better Together peer mentoring does not cover all our costs.

 

These costs include, for example, reimbursing travel expenses for our volunteers to support staff in our office; covering the cost of fuel when volunteers drive service users with limited mobility to appointments; purchasing materials to improve the recruitment experience of new volunteers.

 

We do not receive any specific funding to cover the cost of t-shirts or the printing of general awareness-raising material - all of which is vital in helping us, and our key messages, to be visible and, more importantly, to educate the public about HIV and HIV stigma.  This is one of our governing objectives, one of which we cannot ever lose sight.

 

It is also true of course that we need to maintain a safe, clean and welcoming space in order to provide our one-to-one support and group events.  We rely on donations, community fundraising and other income to help us do this.  The hire of our ground floor training room to external organisations brings us income which also supports our work.  However, all bookings which were made before the current crisis have now been cancelled.  We do not know when we will be able to take bookings again.

 

These are challenging times for everyone and we understand that, for many, fundraising priorities have changed.  However, despite the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented, we continue to work hard to ensure that people living with HIV - in Greater Manchester and beyond - receive the very best support, advice and information.

 

THANK YOU

 

Thank you to our regular donors, fundraisers, supporters and friends.  We know that many of you, local businesses and individuals, are facing significant challenges yourselves at this time.  We are so grateful that so many of you have loyally supported us all these years with love, creativity, originality, and, on many more than one occasion, fabulous flamboyance.

 

Many thanks to our patron Russell T Davies for making this short video

 

Please do help us to continue to do what we do well and give what you can.  Our support goes much further with your support.

 

Text GHT plus the amount you wish to donate, e.g. 5, 10, 20 or any other amount to 70085.

 

GHT 5 to 70085 to give £5

GHT 10 to 70085 to give £10

GHT 20 to 70085 to give £20

 

The legal bit is that texts cost your donation amount plus the cost of a standard text message.

 

After you have made a donation, you will receive a follow up text asking if you would like to add Gift Aid to your donation.  Please add Gift Aid - you will increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.  For example a £10.00 donation will be worth £12.50

 

 

Monday, 4 May, 2020

COVID-19

Latest News on COVID-19 from Aidsmap

 

Aidsmap have written a useful overview of what we know about HIV and Covid-19. You can read the article here.

 

You can also read more about Covid-19 on the THT blog, written by their medical director, Dr Michael Brady. You can find the blog here.

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

LOCAL AUTHORITY SUPPORT

Local Authority Support

 

Emergency Covid-19 helplines have been set-up by all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. The helplines are manned by council workers and can offer support with food shopping, getting essential medicines, fuel and electricity payments and companionship.

 

They are generally aimed at people who fit into the following categories:

 

  • People who have received a letter from the government or have been advised by a medical professional that they are deemed to be highly vulnerable to Covid-19 and should shield for 12 weeks

 

  • People ages 70 or over and those with serious underlying health conditions

 

  • People who are socially or economically vulnerable

 

If you do not fit into any of these categories but you need support, please contact us at George House Trust by calling 0161 274 4499 and leaving a message of by emailing talk@ght.org.uk.

 

Local Authority

Helpline Number

Salford City Council (Spirit of Salford)

0800 952 1000

Manchester City Council

0800 234 6123

Rochdale Council

01706 647 474

Oldham Council

0161 770 7007

Stockport Council

0161 217 6046

Bury Council

0161 253 5353

Bolton Council

01204 337 221

Wigan Council

01942 489 018

Trafford Council

0300 330 9073

Tameside Council

0161 342 8355

Thursday, 23 April, 2020

LATEST NHS GUIDLINES ON COVID-19 TRANSLATED INTO 43 LANGUAGES

 

"Doctors of the World" are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 43 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice and a lot of wonderful volunteers:

 

The complete list: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, German. Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kiswahili, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Oromo, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish.

 

Here are all language files to view in browser or download for free.

 

The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information.

 

UPDATE  – The NHS guidance on COVID-19 symptoms include essential information on how to self-isolate and how to contact the NHS.

 

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

COVID-19 & HIV - FAQs

INFORMATION PUBLISHED BY BHIVA 19 MARCH 2020

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that can infect mammals and birds. Seven strains can infect humans, typically causing mild illness (1 in 6 cases of the common cold are caused by coronaviruses) and more rarely serious illness.

 

There are currently no coronavirus vaccines or antiviral drugs but research teams across the globe are working tirelessly to change that. There have been headlines about using the HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir (uncommonly used for treatment in the UK) to treat coronavirus but no good evidence yet that it will work. The drugs used for PrEP are not active against coronavirus.

 

COVID-19 is a new condition caused by the SARS-CoV-2 strain of the coronavirus, which spreads very easily from person-to-person (much more so than some other types of coronavirus). Nobody has existing immunity to it. Although the estimated death rate of about 1 in 100 people sounds low compared to some infections, if very large numbers of people are infected that would result in a high number of deaths. Current data suggests that 1 in 5 people develop more severe illness, and large numbers needing hospital treatment could rapidly overwhelm health care systems - this is happening in Italy now. People most at risk of serious illness and death are the elderly and people with long-term medical conditions such as lung disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

 

However, about 80% of people with COVID-19 have relatively mild illness, which can lead to diagnosis of infection being delayed or missed altogether, which increases the risk of passing the virus on. Data from Japan estimates 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms – making control even harder.

 

In February the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern' – giving WHO the legal right to make recommendations about dealing with it and (hopefully) stimulating funding and Government action. On 11th March 2020 WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, which is an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting large numbers of people.

 

BHIVA have issued answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Thursday, 19 March, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS: IMPACT ON OUR SERVICES

 

UPDATED 18 MARCH 2020

 

Due to the ongoing situation with regards to the coronavirus outbreak the George House Trust building will be closed with effect from Friday March 20th until further notice.

 

We are taking this course of action reluctantly - but we hope that you will agree that, in the circumstances, it is the most sensible thing to do.

 

This means that we need to make changes to working arrangements which will have a significant impact on the services we can provide.

 

Staff will be working from home and will be able to provide one to one support by phone. Similarly, our volunteer peer mentors will provide telephone support and the programme remains open for referrals.

 

From 9am on Friday March 20th, if you are in need of support, advice or information and would like to speak to someone please email talk@ght.org.uk and include your telephone number in your message and we will call you back.

 

We cannot provide the following services until further notice:

 

  • Group events
  • Counselling
  • Volunteer Driving
  • Manchester City Council Welfare Rights appointments
  • Welfare Fund applications

 

Arrangements are also in place to continue to provide:

 

  • Formula Milk
  • Support for people who are destitute

 

We are keeping up to date with any new information about coronavirus and HIV which we will publish on the George House Trust website www.ght.org.uk and our social media platforms.

 

We want to assure you that we will continue to provide the very best services we possibly can in these challenging circumstances – but we also need to be clear that the same levels of support we normally provide simply won’t be possible at this time.

 

We are keeping the situation under constant review and we will update this page when there are any planned changes to these arrangements.

 

We look forward to being able to resume normal service again soon.

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020

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