Here we take look at Positive Action South West (PASW) who have merged with the Eddystone Trust. Originally two welll established HIV support charities that now cover the whole of Devon and North Cornwall. Eddystone Trust now has centres based in Plymouth, Exeter and Taunton that provides an important service provision covering a wide area. Eddystone |Trust also provides Free and Confidential Information & Support on Safer Sex and Hepatitis C.
Eddystone Trust provides confidential and free HIV and sexual health services for people living with HIV. their carers, partners and family members:
- one-to-one and group support
- specialist information and advice
- complementary therapies
- telephone help line
They can also provide support and complementary therapies to people in hospital and at home.
One-to-One and Group Support.
If you are living with HIV you may w!sh to talk through aspects of your health and life circumstances in a safe and confidential place. It might help to explore your support needs and how Eddystone can help you. To do this, one-to-one appointments with a support worker can be made at a time and place which best suits you. They can also accompany you to social and health care appointments. You can also come along to their drop-ins and meet others who are living with HIV.
The complementary therapy service at Eddystone Trust helps people living with HIV to achieve and maintain good physical and mental health. In particular, reduction of their stress levels has a real health benefit for our service users. All therapists at Positive Action South West are qualified to a recognised national standard. The range of therapies they provide includes:
- stress management advice/counselling
- aromatherapy massage
Specialist information and advice.
Up-to-date and accurate information about HIV can help you to make well informed decisions about the many aspects of your life. These can include:
- starting and maintaining combination drug treatments
- considering safer sex issues
- dealing with housing and benefits issues and problems
- exploring dietary and nutritional options
Regular social events are organised throughout the year, giving people a chance to mix and to share ideas.
The freefone Helpline (0800 328350) at The Eddystone Trust providing telephone support and advice about pre-and-post-HIV test issues, safer sex, social care matters and general concerns about sexual health. Every Tuesday 9am until 5pm.
HIV tests are available 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)
Other services at The Eddystone Trust include:
Education and Training Services.
PASW provides a range of education and training events to meet the needs of individuals and organisations requiring specialist HIV/AIDS and sexual health training.
Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual (LGB) Health Project.
The LGB Health Project for North and East Devon Health Authority is based at Positive Action South West. It responds to the sexual health needs of men and women with same sex attraction, including people who may not identify as lesbian or gay. You may contact this health project directly on: 01392 494539.
Can you help Eddystone?
The Eddystone Trust is a registered charity and is dependant on grants, voluntary contributions and members 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 Eddystone is governed by a clear and comprehensive confidentiality policy, a copy of which is available on request.
Tel: 01752 294408. Exeter Office: Wat Tyler House, King William Street, Exeter EX4 6PD.
Help line: 0800 328 3508 (freefone)
Website information: www.eddystone.org.uk