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      News From The Eddystone Trust

      Be You in 22

      Be You in 22

      This year The Eddystone Trust have decided to focus our efforts towards helping people 'be you in 22'.  This isn’t just a one sentence line that ryhmes and sounds cute (honestly), this is our ethos for this year and beyond. 

      We want to help people connect with aspects of themselves that otherwise might be neglected or forgotten.  By doing this we hope enable our community to make steps that are easily applicable in everyday life to enrich their sexual health.

      We’ll be focussing on:

      • Condom use and how you can sign up to our innovative condoms by post service (Condoms Direct) to take away the hassle of remembering to buy condoms face to face
      • How HIV testing is easy, pain free and part of your regular sexual health routine
      • Engaging the community about PrEP and how the medication can help prevent HIV transmission, with reinforcement of the U=U message
      • Are you using chems?  Have you forgotten what sober sex feels like?  We’re running our new Chemsex support service this 2022 and help people look at their relationship with chems 

      If you want to know more about chemsex, PrEP, Condoms Direct or HIV testing then click the words in this sentence to be taken to the relevant pages on our website.

      Also follow us on social media to be kept up to date with the latest news and information on sexual health in the UK to help you ‘Be You in 22’.

       

       

      We're hiring, Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker vacancies

      We're hiring, Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker vacancies

      Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker 

      SALARY: £19,500 - £23,500 (depending on experience) 

      LOCATION: Candidates will cover the Devon region, in particular Plymouth and Exeter.

      JOB TYPE: Part-Time, Permanent

      WORKING HOURS: Full and part-time hours available 

      We have a number of job roles within our well-loved and established charity. The Eddystone Trust are looking for candidates who are good listeners, empathic, and personable, with experience working with marginalised groups or individuals. The job role requires a positive attitude towards HIV and other sexual health issues, as you will be working with a diverse clientele. The ideal candidate will have the experience or the skills needed to hold workshops, facilitate support groups, and engage in activities that promote social inclusion and sexual health awareness.

      PLEASE NOTE: 
      Candidates should have a Driving Licence and access to a vehicle as this post requires regular travel, locally and regionally and you will need to be able to get to places that are not well served by public transport  

      JOB OVERVIEW

      Working as the Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker you will deliver key elements of the area work plan which includes a support service for people living with HIV.

      As the Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker, you will also provide an STI prevention service targeted at people most at risk of poor sexual health.

      You will also provide a day-to-day proactive service to individuals and groups which support their capacity to manage their sexual health and/or HIV and help them access a range of appropriate services provided by other organisations.

      ABOUT THE CHARITY

      The charity aims to create the circumstances that support a person’s ability to engage in discussions about sex. They want to live in a world where it is easy for anyone to communicate about sexual health and HIV and to be able to openly discuss their needs and describe their concerns, making it commonplace for anyone to take ownership of their own sexual wellbeing.

      The charity wants people to be able to engage with the reality of their sexual lives, whatever that looks like; and be able to recognise the behaviours that either support or have a detrimental impact on their sexual health. We want to empower people, working with them to take control of their sexual health and equip them with the knowledge they need to make improvements and maintain good sexual health.

      The charity recognise that this is not currently the norm, many barriers exist, and sexual health is not equally distributed in society. We are 100% committed to improving the experience of people who experience poor sexual health.

      As a charity we also realise that for many people living with HIV the burden of stigma and discrimination remains an issue. People are reluctant to engage with HIV testing because they fear the consequences of a positive result and as a society, we need to address health inequalities for people living with HIV.  

      The charity is committed to working for and with people who are affected by HIV to ensure that their needs and voices are not lost or marginalised within communities, wider systems of health and social care 

      DUTIES

      Your main duties as a Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker include:

      • Actively promote social inclusion, continually looking to involve service users and staff in partnership working - encouraging service users to seek opportunities to improve their circumstances and supporting them in achieving goals
      • HIV Prevention: actively engage people identified as being at greater risk of acquiring HIV or other sexually acquired STIs in prevention activities; this will include behaviour change interventions with individuals and groups, active engagement with social media, outreach and netreach, and community testing 
      • HIV Support: to create an effective support offer to PLWHIV that enables them to successfully manage their condition and improve their overall health and wellbeing, undertake initial needs assessments, support planning and support plan reviews with the aim of addressing the main needs of the service user within 12 weeks from the commencement of a support plan
      • Sexual Health promotion: to take part in the design and delivery of evidence-based public health campaigns aimed at improving sexual health, including access to PEP/Prep, condom use, U=U, and appropriate testing options
      • Support the development of and deliver against the contract work-plan and contracted KPIs
      • Develop and maintain effective, mutually beneficial relationships with partner agencies, actively engage with networking opportunities and facilitating increased awareness of the work of the charity

       CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

      As the Community Sexual Health Outreach Support Worker you will have the following skills, experience and attributes:

      • Experience working with members of marginalised groups and/or individuals with multiple and complex needs
      • Positive attitude towards HIV and sexual health issues
      • Experience of reaching, working face to face and digitally with target groups who experience health inequalities and who are most at risk of poor sexual health in local communities
      • Excellent written and communication skills
      • Ability to coordinate multiple assignments and to determine priorities 
      • Strong interpersonal skills and professional attitude  
      • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships and build partnerships with a wide range of people and organisations
      • Excellent administrative, organisational and time-management skills
      • Excellent knowledge of software packages, in particular Microsoft Office

      To apply please download the job description and application forms on the links below and return via email to business@eddystone.org.uk

      Job description

      Job application form



      Christmas Opening Times 2021

      Christmas Opening Times 2021

      Christmas is upon us once again and we hope you’re all getting ready to spend some much needed time with the people you care about (in a covid safe way of course). As we all slow down and put the Baileys on ice we understand that sometimes Christmas means a crisis. That’s why we’re publishing our opening times over the festive period so that you know you can call us on 0800 328 3508 and someone will be on hand to take your call on the dates/times below.

      Everyone associated with The Eddystone Trust wishes you all a Happy Christmas, no matter where you are or what you’re doing this year.x

      World AIDS Day Cookie Recipe

      World AIDS Day Cookie Recipe

      World AIDS Day is on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people to join together to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from an A illness

      Mark World AIDS Day with red ribbon cookies…

      Ingredients for the cookies:

      200g dairy-free butter
      1 tsp vanilla paste
      100g caster sugar
      300g plain flour, sifted

      For the icing:

      125g icing sugar
      15ml warm water
      Red food colouring

      Ready, steady, bake!

      Step 1: cream the butter, vanilla and sugar together.  Stir in the flour and mix into a dough.  Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up

      Step 2: meanwhile, preheat the oven to 160C/140C (fan)/320F and line a baking tray with parchment paper

      Step 3: once the dough is chilled, roll out to approximately1/2cm thickness and cut with your red ribbon cutter.  Place on the baking sheet, sprinkle with a little extra sugar and bake for 12/15 minutes until golden brown at the edges, turning halfway through to ensure even baking

      Step 4: leave to cool for at least 10 mins before serving or decorations

      Step 5: sift the icing sugar into a bowl and gradually add the warm water until the icing becomes thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  If necessary, add a drop of water or the icing sugar to adjust the consistency.  Add drops of red food colouring until you get a lovely dark red colour then ice your cookies 

      Share your cookies online and tag us in!!!


      Chemsex Support Service Launch, Sept 30th, 2021

      Chemsex Support Service Launch, Sept 30th, 2021

      Join The Eddystone Trust on the 30th of September as we launch our Chemsex Support Service. The event will showcase our new service, which provides both one to one and group support for men who have sex with other men, who want to take control of their relationship with chems and sex. The event will provide an introduction to chemsex and staff can answer any questions you may have.

      Please join us for an interactive and engaging session.

      The Chemsex service will support individuals who are using drugs within a sexualised setting offering harm reduction advice and information, psychosocial interventions, and signposting and onward referral to other support services.

      If you have any questions about the service or the event please contact cs@eddytsone.org.uk for more information.

       

      We are looking for trustees

      We are looking for trustees

      We are looking for people to join our Board of Trustees...  

      The Eddystone Trust is at a pivotal point in our development and are looking for creative and motivated people to join us in developing our plans and creating a sustainable future for the charity.  

      We are a small charity that makes a big impact in the lives of individual people across the southwest of England. 

      Working in sexual health takes us to the heart of inequality in our society, talking about sexual wellbeing is still difficult for many people, a reality made worse by the impact of every one of the “isms” (sexism, ageism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia etc) and the fact that stigma and discrimination is sadly still rife in our communities.

      We have a small, friendly and supportive Board, which we want to be fully inclusive so if you are drawn to finding out more we are interested in talking to you. 

      You don’t need to be an expert in HIV or sexual health but you do need to have the drive to want to help us make a difference in the world.  And don’t worry about previous experience at Board level, whether you know your way round a set of board papers or are just curious about the idea of being a trustee; in both cases support will be provided to take on the role. 

      The minimum commitment is approximately four meetings a year (currently held online) with opportunities to get more involved in areas of agency or service development should you want to.  

      If you are interested please send an introductory email outlining who you are and why you are interested to mags.davies@eddystone.org.uk

      This is a rolling opportunity so if this ad is on our website we are keen to hear from you so don’t hesitate!