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`I have been volunteering for Terrence Higgins Trust since September 2014 and I am based in Lighthouse South Waterloo. I am a health promotion assistant for the London Chlamydia Screening Programme.'

My role is to assist the health promotion officer. This role consists of promoting, evaluating and improving sexual health amongst young individuals aged 15-24 years, in the community and within primary care services. The majority of the work is administrative therefore there is a need to be competent using Microsoft Office, which are skills that I’ve acquired.

I also had the opportunity to co-facilitate a focus group for young people on the chlamydia screening programme, which illustrated the role of the health promotion officer in practice. My role was to promote chlamydia testing amongst young people as we know there is a high rate of chlamydia in UK and particularly this targeted age group.

I chose to volunteer for this charity because someone referred me to Terrence Higgins Trust. My career plans are to be in health promotion but it is still undecided. I am also a full-time student in my final year and in need of work experience that will link in with my course.

Since September 2014 I have enjoyed my time at Terrence Higgins Trust, the staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. If anyone wants to join Terrence Higgins Trust why not, give it a try. It might not be easy particularly in the sexual health field but if you have knowledge, want to make a change, gain experience, then you can go for it. Make sure you’re committed and enjoy the area of sexual health.

As long as you are pleased in what you are doing, you will enjoy it all the time. Like I said earlier, sexual health is not an easy field but the fact that I am meeting young people enables me to see how important it is to promote health in the practice and apply the theory. The team at Terrence Higgins Trust are really friendly and welcoming. I hope this charity will grow more in the international area because it covers HIV and STI’s.


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