East Surrey - Peer Support
Our peer support service in East Surrey for people living with HIV aims to build confidence, resilience, greater independence and reduce social isolation.
The service is based at our Redhill office. Co-produced by people living with HIV, with the support of a coordinator, the service offers regular opportunities for people to socialise and get advice through:
- weekly day and evening groups, giving people the chance to share common experiences and concerns and to build a social network
- themed sessions with speakers on topics such as managing medication and its side effects, safe sex, eating on a budget, understanding benefit changes, confidence building
- healthy activities such as walking groups
- supported buddying
- fundraising for social activities
- on-line support through developing website and social media
- access to a food bank
The service is for people living with HIV who need advice and emotional and social support. Referrals come from the local Sexual Health Clinic and other statutory/health professionals for people who are both long term and newly diagnosed. Self-referrals are also accepted.
There will be an events calendar circulated to former and existing service users, and shared with any new participant.