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      List of events The Eddystone Trust will be visiting this summer

      List of events The Eddystone Trust will be visiting this summer

      It’s Pride Month, and we’re kicking off our summer events schedule in style!

      The staff and volunteers at The Eddystone Trust have been working hard to make sure we have lots of fun activities and things to talk to you about. If you come and find our newly designed and vibrant stand you’ll be able to take part in a game of Willy Hoopla, and bag yourself a memento of your Pride day. We also have lots of giveaways including Pride tats, rainbow leis, pronoun badges, free condoms, bracelets and sweets.

      All you need to do is come and say “hi” on the day!

      Over the summer you can find us at the following events:

      Exeter Respect Festival, June 11th & 12th
      Cirencester Pride, June 12th
      Exmouth Pride, June 18th
      Armed Forces Day, Plymouth, June 25th
      Cornwall Pride @ Camborne, July 2nd
      Weston-super-Mare Pride, July 2nd
      Bristol Pride, 9th July
      Cornwall Pride @ St Austell, July 9th
      Plymouth Respect Festival, July 9th
      Taunton Pride, July 16th
      Cinderford Pride, July 17th
      Stroud Pride, July 23rd
      Tewksbury Pride, Aug 7th
      Totnes Pride, Sept 3rd
      Gloucestershire Pride, Sept 10th
      Teignmouth Pride, Sept 10th & 11th

      Make sure you swing by for a chat and also follow us on Insta, Facebook and Twitter in the meantime.x

      Let's Talk Sex - new training dates and booking system

      Let's Talk Sex - new training dates and booking system

      The Eddystone Trust is committed to providing quality training to people across the South West who work with people in a health, social care or young people’s setting. Furthermore, our training sessions could help you have more effective sexual health conversations with the people who use your services and enable you to offer C-Card to young people.

      On the sessions we cover a diverse range of sexual health topics including: 

      • sex and the law 
      • sexual health taboos 
      • the impact of technology and porn on relationships
      • gender, sexual orientation & identity

      Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that booking onto our courses is now even easier. All you need to do is fill in our booing form by clicking the image below, pick your dates and one of the team will be in touch shortly.

      Monkeypox advice from The Eddystone Trust

      Monkeypox advice from The Eddystone Trust

      There have been newsstories and headlines relating to recent diagnosis of Monkeypox cases in the UK. Whereas this can feel alarming, the number of cases are small and the UK Health Security Agency advise that the infection does not spread easily and the risk to the UK population remains low.

      The infection is acquired through close contact with someone who has the virus. It is not a sexual infection but can be acquired through close contact with a sexual partner.

      Preventative measures you can take include:

      • Do not share bedding or towels with people who are unwell and may have monkeypox
      • Do not have close contact with people who are unwell or have symptoms of monkeypox
      • You should wash your hands with soap and water regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as you may have come into contact with skin lesions or secretions which might have ended up on your hands

      Please do read this advice from our friends at THT, click here to read their advice

      If you have questions or concerns gets in touch on info@eddystone.org.uk or via out social media channels on Insta, Twitter and Facebook

      We're hiring in South Gloucestershire - Community Sexual Health Outreach

      We're hiring in South Gloucestershire - Community Sexual Health Outreach

      We have an exciting job opportunity working in South Gloucestershire delivering face to face outreach services, as well as delivering an exclusive online service to clients in Worcester:
      Permanent: part-time 27 hours

      • 12 hours per week in South Gloucestershire
      • 15 hours a week online for Worcester

      Salary: £19,500.00-£23,500.00 per year pro-rata
      Closing date 17th June 2022 5pm

      We 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, and you will be working with diverse individuals. The ideal candidate will have the experience or the skills needed to work on a one to one basis with people, hold workshops, facilitate support groups, and engage in activities that promote social inclusion and sexual health awareness. Full support and training will be given

      About us
      The Eddystone Trust is a small charity that works across the Southwest. We are collaborative, social and rewarding, and our goal is to challenge the stigma, discrimination and misinformation associated with HIV and sexual health.

      Our work environment includes:

      Safe work environment

      Flexible working hours

      Casual work attire

      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.

      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.

      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

      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

      PLEASE NOTE:
 Ideally, candidates will 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

      Get Set for Summer with testing, condoms and PrEP

      Get Set for Summer with testing, condoms and PrEP

      Summer is fast approaching! Whilst you might be thinking about dusting off the swimwear, digging out your sunglasses ready to take in the unique aroma of sun cream, we’re launching our Get Set For Summer campaign.
       
      Summer is undoubtedly a time for fun, and we all need a bit of that after the last couple of years, but it is also a time when sexual infections can be on the rise, we've already seen higher numbers of Syphilis and Gonorrhea in the Southwest over the last few months.
      Whilst now is the time to enjoy yourself, we want to empower you have fun safely!


      Things you can do to Get Set for Summer:
      Get tested: The only way to know you have an STI is to get tested.  A sexual health screen doesn't have to be a big, scary experience but if you have never done one it's understandable that you might feel this way. The tests are painless, and these days it's normal for a test kit to be sent out to you so you can do it where you feel comfortable. If you do test positive , try not to worry as it happens to nearly all of us at some point and most STI’s are treatable.  The only way to know is to test, to find your local test center click here.
      Get your condoms: Condoms are still the most effective form of protection against STI’s and are 98% effective, when used correctly.  You can sign up to our condoms direct service by clicking here or you could get access to condoms via your local C-card service if aged under 25
      Get PrEP’d: PrEP is available for people who feel they may be at risk of acquiring HIV.  PrEP works by stopping the HIV virus multiplying in your body if you are exposed to it. It is extremely effective in preventing the transmission of HIV.
      So what are you waiting for? Follow our tips to Get Set For Summer and do more of the things you enjoy without the worry!
      If you have any questions about your sexual health or  Get Set For Summer then feel free to reach out to us on social media or via info@eddystone.co.uk

      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 

      We have an exciting job opportunity working across Devon, the successful candidate doesn't have to be from Exeter as long as they can travel to provide services in and around Devon locations

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

      LOCATION: Candidates will cover the Devon region.

      JOB TYPE: Full-time, Permanent

      WORKING HOURS: Full and part-time considered

      Closing date: 27th May, 2022, 5pm

      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