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      News From The Eddystone Trust

      We're building a new sexual health dictionary and hope you'll use it as a valuable resource

      We're building a new sexual health dictionary and hope you'll use it as a valuable resource

      We're excited to announce the launch of our new sexual health dictionary! Our dictionary is an organic resource that provides easy-to-understand information on  sexual health topics. We're creating this dictionary to help you make informed decisions about your sexual health and to empower you with the knowledge you need to take control of your well-being.

      Why Use Our Sexual Health Dictionary?

      There are many reasons why our sexual health dictionary is a valuable resource for anyone interested in sexual health. Here are just a few:

      1. Organic and Relevant Information: Our dictionary will evolve organically, we'll be adding new terms and topics to it on a weekly basis, as well as making sure it's super relevant to the needs of our community.

      2. Easy to Understand: We believe that sexual health information should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or education. That's why our dictionary is written in clear and easy-to-understand language, with definitions and explanations that are easy to follow.

      3. Judgment-Free Zone: We understand that sexual health can be a sensitive and stigmatised topic for some people. That's why our dictionary is a judgment-free zone where you can find information and support without fear of judgment or shame.

      4. Reliable Information: Our dictionary is based on reliable sources of information, including scientific research, government health organizations, and other trusted sources. You can trust that the information you find in our dictionary is accurate and up-to-date.


      We believe that everyone has the right to accurate and up-to-date information about their sexual health. By using our sexual health dictionary, you can take control of your own sexual health and make informed decisions that will help you stay healthy and safe. Whether you're looking for information on contraception, STIs, or sexual pleasure, our dictionary has you covered. So why wait? Visit our website today and start exploring our sexual health dictionary!


      Testing sessions for April

      Testing sessions for April

      Sexual health is an important aspect of overall wellbeing, and getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a crucial part of maintaining good sexual health. However, many people may feel nervous or embarrassed about getting tested, and may not know where to turn for help.

      That's why we're pleased to offer sexual health testing sessions in both Gloucester and Plymouth. The sessions are ran by our friendly team who can help put you at ease and answer any questions you may have.

      We offer a range of testing options, including HIV & Syphilis in Gloucester and HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea in Plymouth.  We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality sexual health care, regardless of their background or circumstances.

      So if you're looking for sexual health testing in Gloucester or Plymouth, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact details provided below:

      Plymouth Testing Session
      Tuesday April 4th 2023
      12.30pm - 4pm
      Intercom Trust, Mutley, PL4 6LF
      Email: katieann.hill@eddystone.org.uk

      Gloucester Testing Session
      Wednesday April 12th 2023
      6pm -8pm
      The Cavern, 56 Westgate Street, GL1 2NF
      Email: taylor.dougan@eddystone.org.uk


      Would you like to volunteer for our much loved charity this summer?

      Would you like to volunteer for our much loved charity this summer?

      We are excited to invite you to join our team at our sexual health charity as a volunteer working with LGBTQ communities across the South West of the UK. Our organization is dedicated to promoting sexual health, education, and advocacy for all members of the LGBTQ community, and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us spread the word at Pride events throughout the region.

      We are currently seeking volunteers to help us at Pride events across the South West, where we will be providing information and resources on sexual health, as well as promoting our organisation's values and services.

      We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to join our team. Whether you are a student looking to gain experience in the nonprofit sector, a professional seeking to give back to your community, or simply someone who is passionate about sexual health and LGBTQ rights, we would love to hear from you.

      As a volunteer with our organization, you will have the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals who share a passion for promoting sexual health and supporting LGBTQ communities. You will also gain valuable experience in event planning and outreach, as well as the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the lives of others.

      If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with our organization, we invite you to complete our online application form. We will be in touch with more information about upcoming Pride events and how you can get involved.

      To register your interest please fill out this short form on our website by clicking here

      Community Leaders update

      Community Leaders update

      The first ever Community Leaders training is coming to an end and we think it has been an incredible success, bringing together individuals with a shared passion for helping LGBTQ+ communities improve their sexual health.

      Community Leaders is a voluntary scheme that has enabled participants to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective advocates and leaders within their communities.  One of the most significant benefits of the Community Leaders training so far has been the sense of community that has developed among participants. 

      Another key benefit of the Community Leaders training has been the focus on sexual health. LGBTQ+ individuals face unique challenges when it comes to sexual health, including increased barriers to accessing healthcare. By equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to address these challenges, the Community Leaders training is helping to improve the sexual health outcomes of LGBTQ+ communities.

      So far the scheme has been fascinating and also very positive. It's bringing people together and giving them the space to work through complex/challenging issues which should make a difference to the communities we work with. It's been a really positive project so far and we’re excited to see our community leaders in action!

      Join our new community leaders programme and shine in your community

      Join our new community leaders programme and shine in your community

      What is it?

      This is a brand new project being ran across the South West and we're looking for to train community leaders within the LGBTQ community to start conversations about sexual health, deliver point of care HIV testing and offer advice/support around sexual health

      Who is it for?

      If you're passionate about making a difference, and working within the LGBTQ community on a voluntary or professional capacity then you could become one of our first wave community leaders

      What does it entail?

      You will take part in a fun and interesting training programme this March (2023) ran by James from The Eddystone Trust

      To register then please click here or email james@eddystone.org.uk for more details

      HIV Testing Week 2023, Community Testing Events Across the South West

      HIV Testing Week 2023, Community Testing Events Across the South West

      We're out and about providing free HIV testing in the community this National HIV Testing Week.  Testing is pain free, easy to do, confidential and our staff are on hand to support you through the whole of the process.  All you need to do is pop down to one of the testing events listed below and we'll handle the rest.

      Don't forget if you can't make it to a testing event you can still test by ordering a free home test by clicking here


      Mon 6th Feb, 14.00 - 18.30:
      Milsom Street Clinic, 8 Milsom Street, Cheltenham, GL50 4BA

      Thurs 9th Feb, 17.00 - 19.00: 
      Gloucester Resource Centre, Alfred Street, Gloucester, GL1 4DF

      Contact : Naomi 07587 638819

      North Somerset

      Wed 8th Feb, 12.00 -15.00: 
      The for All Healthy Living Centre, 68 Lonsdale Ave, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 3SJ

      Wed 8th Feb, 16.00-18.00: 
      Route69 135 High Street, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1HN

      Contact : Jon 07539 691852


      Tues 7th Feb, 11:30- 14:30:
      The Link 32 Vicarage Walk, The Quedam centre Yeovil BA30 1EU

      Fri 10th Feb, 11:00 – 14:00:  
      The Trident Community centre, Galmington Rd, Taunton TA1 5NN

      South Gloucestershire 

      Thurs 9th Feb, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Rd, Patchway, South Gloucestshire BS34 5LP

      Mon 13th February  17:00-19:30:
      Ridgewood Community center, Station Rd, Yate BS37 4AF

      Contact : Jon 07539 691852


      Mon 30th Jan, 12.00 - 14.00: 
      Bodmin Family Hub, Chestnuts Centre, 83 Fore St, Bodmin, PL31 2JB

      Tues 31st Jan, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Penzance Family Hub, 1.26, St Johns Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance,                  TR18 2QR

      Tue 7th Feb, 12.00 - 14.00:
      Wadebridge Family Hub, Camel House, Goldsworthy Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7AL (by LIDL)

      Tue 7th Feb, 17.30 - 20.00:
      Falmouth Dracaena Centre, Dracaena Avenue, Falmouth, TR11 2ES

      Mon 13th Feb, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Newquay Sandy Lodge Hotel, 6-12 Hilgrove Road, Newuay, TR7 2QY

      Tues 14th Feb, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Redruth Family Hub, Drump Road, Redruth TR15 1NA

      Thurs 16th Feb, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Truro Intercom Office, 6a Higher Newham Lane, Truro, TR1 2ST

      Contact : Paul 07494 171018


      Mon 6th Feb, 12.00 - 15.00:
      Paignton Library, Great Western Rd, Paignton TQ4 5AG

      Contact : Hannah 07587 638818


      Fri 10th Feb, 10.00 - 12.30:
      Endeavour House, 228 Union Street, Torquay TQ2 5QS 

      Contact : Anastasia 07587 638817


      Fri 10th Feb, 11.00 - 14.00:
      Yes Brixham, The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham, TQ5 9DH

      Contact : Hannah 07587 638818


      Mon 6th Feb, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre, Scott Business Park, Beacon Park Rd, Plymouth PL2 2PQ

      Thurs 9th Feb, 13.00 - 16.00:
      Intercom Plymouth, Mutley, Plymouth PL4 6LF

      Contact : Hannah 07587 638818


      Mon 6th Feb, 13.00 - 15.00:
      Health for women drop in at CoLab Exeter, Wat Tyler House King William Street, Exeter EX4 6PD (women only)

      Contact : Anastasia 07587 638817

      Tues 7th Feb, 13.00 - 16.00:
      Intercom Exeter, Zone 5, Wrentham Business Centre, Prospect Park, Exeter EX4 6NA

      Weds 8th Feb, 17.00 - 20.00:
      Meeting Room at Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS

      Contact : Hannah 07587 638818

      West Devon

      Tues 7th Feb, 13.00 - 16.00:
      The Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR

      Contact : Anastasia 07587 638817

      North Devon

      Thurs 9th Feb, 11.00 - 15.00:
      Barnstaple Outreach Centre, Shambles, Butchers Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SY

      Contact : Anastasia 07587 638817

      Remember if you can't make it to a testing event you can still test by ordering a free home test by clicking here, for all other enquiries you can also email on info@eddystone.org.uk