Project information

Celebration of Life

Sahir House is holding a range of events including a fabulous evening of music at the Liverpool Philharmonic, featuring Brian Kennedy 'The Voice of Ireland'.

www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/celebration-of-life-2017

The theme is tackling HIV stigma which remains a killer

November 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Sahir House

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  • Need

    Need

    HIV Stigma is a killer. People living with HIV are twice as likely to take their own lives. Many more people have the virus but don't know because stigma prevents them from testing. This leads to deaths from advanced HIV which could have been prevented with early treatment.

    Solution

    We are running a series of events and a media campaign designed to:
    1) Celebrate the lives and contributions of people living with HIV
    2) Challenge assumptions and HIV stigma
    3) Help people understand the virus and how it is (and isn't) transmitted
    4) Help people access a range of opportunities for HIV testing - including rapid tests in the community

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Celebrate the lives and contributions of people living with HIV


    Activities

    » Events at the Liverpool Philharmonic and St Brides Church

    What success will look like

    Attendance at events and feedback


    Aim 2

    2) Challenge assumptions and HIV stigma


    Activities

    » Through a sustained media campaign getting high profile people to test for HIV and share their stories (including the Bishop of Liverpool)
    » Providing a range of opportunities for member of the public to attend information sessions and hear the testimonies of people living with HIV

    What success will look like

    Evaluation of campaigns and info sessions


    Aim 3

    3) Help people understand the virus and how it is (and isn't) transmitted


    Activities

    » Providing a range of information resources

    What success will look like

    Evaluation of campaigns and info sessions


    Aim 4

    Help people access opportunities for HIV testing - including rapid tests in the community


    Activities

    » Providing a range of point of care testing for people across Merseyside

    What success will look like

    Numbers of people testing


  • Impact

    Impact

    Reduction in HIV Stigma - evidenced by evaluation tools designed to track distance traveled in terms of attitude for people engaging with the project

    Reduction in stigma around HIV testing - evidenced by increasing number of people testing in community settings

    Risk

    1) Lack of ticket sales at the paid for events - (to address) we have utilised significant networks and social media coverage and are regularly monitoring ticket sales to note impact of these activities.
    2) Lack of media engagement/traction - we have identified high profile supporters, such as Brian Kennedy and the Bishop of Liverpool
    3) Issues around clinical governance of community HIV testing - agreement from community health trust to ensure our staff have competencies/supervision

    Reporting

    We will produce a special newsletter in March 2018 reporting on every thing that has happened as part of the Celebration of Life, including feedback from: main event (@Philharmonic); World AIDS Day vigil; engagement volunteers; training team; positive speakers; and testers

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 6 Training/info sessions Facilitator and materials costs
      £2,500 10 community testing clinincs Testing kits and testers
      £900 Main event costs Venue hire and tech (at subsidised rate)
      £200 Vigil costs Heating and tech (venue free)
      £1,000 Volunteer expenses Speakers at sessions; travel for social media volunteers coming to our office etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Main event tickets £1,800 Conditional
    After party tickets £800 Conditional
    Match funding from Barclays £1,800 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Main events in Liverpool City Centre but with info sessions and testing clinics throughout Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral

    Beneficiaries

    People living with HIV
    People affected by HIV (families and carers)
    People at risk of HIV
    General public

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity in Merseyside dedicated to supporting people living with HIV and raising awareness about the issues around the virus (particularly stigma).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Serena Cavanagh

    Main events organiser and overall co-ordinator for media and social media

    Emma Richards

    Co-ordinator for community testing opportunities

    Cath Turner

    Co-ordinating training sessions and positive speakers

    Tommy McIlravey

    Overall co-ordination of the project