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OUR Project: Fashion Support
Summary: The Make A Difference Trust supported The OUR Project in Bradford to work with service users to create a fashion show for World AIDS Day 2011.
The OUR Project supports people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in the Bradford and Airedale District. The aim of the project was to assess and recognise the many talents displayed by service users in areas such as design, pattern cutting, hairdressing, make up, choreography and photography and then to create a fashion show to help build those skills and market them to the greater public.
The event was a great success and as a follow on program the equipment will be used to train other service users in basic sewing, clothes making etc.
The project helped to increase confidence and service user empowerment as well as enhancing skills and building service user self-esteem. A number of employment agencies and bookers were invited to the show.
NAT: Improving Public Awareness and Understanding of HIV
Summary: For the second year, The Make A Difference Trust has supported a World AIDS Day Project with NAT (The National AIDS Trust). NAT is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. They look to champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change whilst providing fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources.
The Trust supported NAT to use World AIDS Day 2011 to improve public awareness and understanding of HIV in order to prevent new HIV infections, tackle HIV-related stigma and promote local action. Find out more online
BPNW: Reducing Stigma through Education
Summary: The Trust funded BPNW (Body Positive North West) to provide a programme to train up volunteers as peer to peer educators in schools, colleges and adult training centres as well as to provide health training across the North West region to those both economically and socially marginalised. The aim was for people living with HIV in the area to be more accepted in their community and less stigmatised through the increased awareness promoted through the training and onward engagement.
Summary: The Trust funded a programme with AAF (Africa Advocacy Foundation) to set a peer led pilot, advocacy and education program amongst young people, to tackle discrimination, miss-education and hate crime. The project looks to promote tolerance and understanding amongst young economically disadvantaged members in South London. Ultimately the pilot looks to reduce isolation and pressure that the chosen target groups are usually subjected to by family, friends and their wider communities, as well as the unnecessary feelings of guilt and shame which many experience, usually leading to poor health and under-achievement.
Summary: The Trust funded IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) to design and deliver ‘Positive? - Awareness of and Attitudes to HIV in the UK’. This program will develop a multi-media anti HIV stigma educational resource and campaign for schools. The program will further advocate for improved health and social services/policies to support young people living with HIV by strengthening regional and national platforms to address the various layers of HIV related stigma. Finally the project will look to pioneer and model best practice to enhance and support the global Stigma Index initiative.
Positive East: 5K Red Run
Summary: The Trust was proud to support Positive East with its awareness and fundraising 5K Red Run which helped ensure World AIDS Day was visible and high on the public agenda. Positive East is a leading community-based HIV Charity. By building on more than 20 years of experience in the successful delivery of services across east London boroughs, they are now even more able to provide a fully comprehensive and coordinated practical and emotional support for those people living with and affected by HIV in east London. The charity aims to create a safe environment for people to visit and receive peer and professional support. Central to all services is the principle of self-empowerment i.e. people, where ever possible, should be independent and in control of their lives.