Project information

Adding Life to Life

This project aims to fill in the gap that National Health Service cannot fulfill by engaging with people in their respective social setting and reaching out to them in ways that is unattainable by conversional health professionals.

2 Years

Charity information: The Ernest Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    There are about 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV in South London. Most of these people are living in isolation and hard to reach and are less supported. Some have even lost their sense of living and confidence. Due to the stigma associated with HIV, these people do not know who to go to and seek help outside the medical help offered by the National Health Services. There are a lot more living with the disease who do not want to come out for support and treatment.

    Solution

    Organise four day-outs in settings away from home to enable members to interact.
    Organise 12 monthly meetings where members interact and discuss matters of mutual interest
    Organise six workshops and seminars on topics including medical/health, nutrition, immigration and psychiatry
    Hold on-going one-to-one counselling sessions
    Members call each other at any time 24/7 to discuss matters of mutual consent and generally encourage each other









  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower more people living with and affected by HIV to live a positive life

    Activities

    » Organise 12 monthly meetings where members interact and discuss matters of mutual interest
    » Organise four day-outs in settings away from home to enable members to interact.
    » Organise six workshops and seminars on topics including medical/health, nutrition, immigration and psychiatry
    » • Organise four workshops and seminars on career advice and voluntary work

    Success will be reduction in the tendency of isolation from society


    Aim 2

    To encourage more people to come out for treatment and support

    Activities

    » Hold on-going one-to-one counselling sessions

    Success will be positive change in individual perception of HIV condition leading to an improved ability to manage stigmatisation.


    Aim 3

    To help reduce the spread of HIV among the Black Ethnic Minority community

    Activities

    » To run a test center

    Success will be members and community adhere to practices that promote safer sex leading to reduction in infection rate of HIV and Sexual Transmitted Infections


  • Impact

    Impact

    Increase in awareness of activities to undertake to cope with life and increase in the knowledge, skill and a positive change in attitude that provides empowerment to deal with challenging life situations.

    These will be measured by the number of people reached and the change to their lives prior and after the project

    Risk

    One major factor preventing people from coming forward is disclosure. The people living with and affected by HIV do not want their information to be disclosed or shared.

    To deal with this issue, we have registered with the Information Commission with the Data Protection Act to assure members of our confidentiality. We have put in place a confidentiality policy to deal with any issue of disclosure.

    Reporting

    A list of all donors will be complied and an annual report and account will be sent to them. What however, will not be reported to them is the names of the beneficiaries. But when requested an identifier in place of names will be sent.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £119,603

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Salary Part time outreach worker for 2 years
      £30,450 Salary Project Coordinator for 2 years
      £54,000 Salary Executive Director for 2 years
      £14,153 Project Running Cost Refreshment, Publicity, Professional fees, Vo at weekly meetings, workshops and seminars for 2 years
      £11,000 Insurance/Utility Employment Liability and equipment and Administrative expenses for 2 years
  • Background

    Location

    London - Borough wide

    Beneficiaries

    Mostly people in South London amongst the Black Ethnic Minority

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have the experience of reaching the 'hard to reach' community as well as understanding the cultural needs of our community

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ernest Nkrumah - Staff

    Executive Director

    Emmanuel Ntim - Staff

    Project Coordinator

    Nana Safar - Volunteer

    Outreach Worker

    Emmanuel Baffour - Volunteer

    Outreach Worker