Here we take look at The Eddystone Trust. who have recently merged with Positive Action South West. Originally well established HIV support charities that now cover the whole of Devon and North Cornwall. Eddystone Trust is based in Plymouth, Exeter and Taunton that now provides an important service provision covering a wider area. Eddystone Trust also provide Free and Confidential Information & Support on Safer Sex and Hepatitis C. You can look at information provided by their Exeter Centre by clicking here.
The Eddystone Trust is an independent agency, providing information and support for anyone concerned about HIV or Hepatitis C (HCV) in Plymouth, Torbay, and south and Devon. They therefore work with the public at large, specific groups (e.g. gay men) and with people working in the health and community sectors.
Services vary according to the issue and to the geographical area. i.e. We are funded to provide all the same services in the whole of Devon, while some work goes beyond that area. Broadly, the Eddystone Trust's work divides into 4 types:
Newsletter , Stalls and displays . Including training , Safer Sex Products , Leaflets / flyers . The Eddystone Trust also has World AIDS Week , National Condom Week initiatives along with many other campaigns and events.
HIV/HCV Support Services.
Individual Info & Support , Advocacy along with Open Access drop-in. The Eddystone Trust also supplies a telephone helpline, Welfare Rights advice, Counselling and Mutual Support .
Targeted HIV Prevention Services.
Free condoms (via venues) and recently a post-direct scheme. Workshops/groups along with Individual Info/Support and Safer Sex Events.
HIV tests are available at the Sexual Health Clinic based at Derriford Hospital alternatively, if you live near Exeter you can access HIV testing at the 'Walk-in Clinic', Unit 4, 31, Sidwell Street, Exeter EX4 6NN. You may want to contact them to discuss your concerns before making the decision to have a test. If you do wish to have a test you will need to book an appointment by contacting 01392 276892. (Mon-Fri 07.30hrs-18.00hrs and Saturday's 0830hrs-1800hrs)
Hepatitis C Conference.
Each year Eddystone hosts a south west HCV Conference. This is aimed at people working in fields where they come into regular contact with people affected by HCV, with intravenous drug users (past or present) or with Health & Safety matters.
Can you help The Eddystone Trust?
The Eddystone Trust is a registered charity, 1078268 and is mainly funded by Plymouth and Torbay Primary Care Trusts and Plymouth Social Services. The Eddystone Trust is also dependant on other grants, voluntary contributions and their fundraising efforts, and relies heavily on the generous support of many people. If you can spare them some time as a volunteer or assist them with the cost of providing our services they will be delighted to hear from you.
All the work at The Eddystone Trust is governed by a clear and comprehensive confidentiality policy, a copy of which is available on request.
How to find The Eddystone Trust Centre(s)
You can locate The Eddystone Trust Centre(s) by clicking here for a map and locator, that can also be printed, by entering the post code within the multimap site.
The Eddystone Trust (Plymouth)