New HIV representative

One of our representatives will help to ensure that the HIV community is involved in plans for the city to work towards becoming the first UK city to reduce HIV to zero.

 

The Council’s Health & Wellbeing Board have agreed to work towards the ambition of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV related deaths, and zero HIV stigma in Brighton and Hove. This will make Brighton & Hove a HIV fast-track city and the only city in the UK so far, to make this commitment.

The Council is putting together a steering group which will oversee the fast-track city initiative. Gary Pargeter, from Lunch Positive, who is our new HIV representative, will represent our members who work with and support people with HIV locally, and will engage with the HIV community to ensure their views and experiences are also taken into account.

 

A key aspect of the working towards zero strategy, is also to engage more widely within the voluntary and community sector, and Gary will undertake an important role in this.

Gary said of his new role: “I’m delighted to be representing local voluntary groups and organisations as part of this important initiative. I look forward to ensuring that the local HIV community’s experiences inform the plans and decisions taken by the steering group.”

Sally Polanski, our CEO said: “It is excellent news that the Council has agreed to work towards reducing HIV to zero. We are looking forward to Gary representing our members and supporting the HIV community to be involved in this very important initiative.”

 

We’re the local support organisation for community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing. Our 35 volunteer representatives share our members’ views and knowledge with those responsible for planning and providing local services and projects.

Taking over from Gary Pargeter, Reuben Davidson, from Allsorts Youth Project, is now our LGBT representative and will represent our members who work with and support LGBT people in the city.

 

Notes:

1. Lunch Positive is a weekly club for people with HIV
2. Allsorts Youth Project supports and empowers young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity
3. We believe that voluntary and community actions makes our society and local areas better. We want to make sure it does, and that it has the greatest positive impact on everyone. To achieve this we create the support and networks that help people and organisations to use their time, expertise and energy effectively
4. Our volunteer representatives, represent our members at key meetings and get involved in key projects in the city. They ensure that the knowledge and experience of the city’s charities and community groups is used by decision-makers to improve local services

 

“I’m delighted to be representing local voluntary groups and organisations as part of this important initiative. I look forward to ensuring that the local HIV community’s experiences inform the plans and decisions taken by the steering group.”

“I’m delighted to be representing local voluntary groups and organisations as part of this important initiative. I look forward to ensuring that the local HIV community’s experiences inform the plans and decisions taken by the steering group.”

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