George House Trust has been providing HIV support and advice services since 1985. We are a service user centred organisation with a diverse team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
In 1985 six gay HIV activists set up Manchester AIDS-Line in response to the arrival of the HIV virus in Manchester. The City Council formed an ‘AIDS Working Party’ and the North Western Regional Health Authority began to support Manchester AIDS Line financially.
George House Trust is officially launched and relocates to its current home in Ardwick Green North which it has purchased. George House Trust adopts the slogan 'There is still life with HIV'. George House Trust brings together all HIV charities across the North to challenge the government’s downgrading of HIV and the very real threats to public funding.
George House Trust throws itself into the heart of campaigning, celebrating more than 15 years of action and lobbying for the repeal of ‘Section 28’, which prohibited local authorities from promoting homosexuality in schools. Also, the start of George House Trust's campaign against criminalisation and promoting testing through the ‘Testing, testing 123’ campaign. The extent of Africans living with HIV in the North West began to emerge and was reflected in George House Trust's service development and campaigns. The now traditional HIV candlelit vigil at the end of Manchester Pride's Big Weekend was also established during this decade.