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Groupwork London

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Meet other people living with HIV and share experiences in one of our groups.

Terrence Higgins Trust runs several groups in London. These groups enable you to share your experiences and meet similar people. They offer support from people who understand your concerns and can boost your confidence and social life.

Our groups are great places to meet other people in the same situation as yourself. All of our groups have a psycho-educational aspect and use various approaches including:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Art Therapy

They provide a safe space to talk and hear other people’s perspectives and are always run by qualified facilitators.

We run groups specifically for people living with HIV:

Newly Diagnosed Group

For gay, bi, trans and men who have sex with men.

This is a 6 week programme of support and workshops for men who have recently diagnosed HIV positive.  Most men attend within the first 12 months of diagnosis.  However, the programme has proved to be beneficial to any man who is diagnosed with HIV. Sessions are highly participative, where mutual support builds the group members confidence in their ability to come to terms with their diagnosis.

Maisha Mema – African emotional support

Free and confidential HIV support 6 week group for Africans and refugees in London. The group will provide an opportunity for people who are living with or affected by HIV in the capital to get emotional support and learn new skills for managing their life, feelings and relationships. Food is provided and transport will be reimbursed with a valid receipt.

We also run mixed-status groups:

Are you Losing Control?

For gay, bi, trans and men who have sex with men.

This is an eight-week programme for men who want to understand and change compulsive behaviours. These can include alcohol and drug use, compulsive sexual behaviour, over-eating or compulsive spending. Coping strategies are discussed and guys have told us that they leave feeling more self aware with an increased capacity for changing their behaviours.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an eight-week course which offers an introduction to mindfulness meditation through breath-work, gentle yoga postures and group exercises. While most other formal meditation practices involve being still, this meditation practice involves movement, which some find easier in accessing a grounded mindful practice.

Partners, Friends and Family

Has someone you know been diagnosed with HIV? This one-day peer support workshop provides a safe friendly environment where you can meet other people who care about someone who is living with HIV, share experiences and ask any questions you have about HIV. You may want to learn skills to support someone you care about, or explore how HIV might affect your relationship, or just get some medical and legal information.

Sign up

When we feel more knowledgeable and confident about ourselves, we are more likely to make better choices about our own sexual health and the health of our partners.

If you're interested in signing up for our groups, you can register online, or for more details contact us on 020 7812 1719.

We also deliver a variety of groups funded by the South London HIV Partnership (PDF). Contact us on 020 7812 1719 for more information.

 

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