COVID 19 Update: Due to the current COVID 19 situation it is likely that many of the face to face organisations and services listed across our website are suspended. Please call to check first.
Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
*Covid pandemic update- Eddystone Trust have suspended all face to face work but are still available on their usual numbers and email. Also offereing a Virtual Lockdown Social 18+ on Zoom every Tuesday https://www.eddystone.org.uk/virtual-lockdown-social *
The Street Drop-In is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10am to 1pm.
The group is for people living with HIV or people closely affected by HIV who are based in Somerset, offering:
• Peer support: a place to meet others in a confidential setting. The Eddystone Trust provides biscuits and hot drinks. Please bring food to share with the group.
• Workshops and talks
• Access to the Somerset Community HIV worker for information and advice (Anne Parker)
To protect the confidentiality of both yourself and other group members, please do not disclose details of the venue, those who attend the group or why the group meets.
*Covid pandemic update- Eddystone Trust have suspended all face to face work but are still available on their usual numbers and email*
“We challenge the stigma, discrimination and misinformation associated with HIV and Sexual Health and work tirelessly with people affected by HIV to improve their quality of life. We provide a confidential service, we are here to listen not to judge”
Services they provide: Pre & Post HIV Testing Support, HIV Testing, results in less than 30 Minutes, Support & information on the best sexual health choices for you, A Range of Safer Sex Products, including Condoms. Guidance and Practical Support on how to access clinical sexual health services. Help to access other services in your area, Free HIV & Sexual Health workshops and talks to local Groups
Covid Pandemic update- Terrence Higgins Trust have extened their ‘At Home’ service https://www.tht.org.uk/our-services/at-home
If you need help concerning HIV or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) but you’re not sure where to turn, this is for you. You may want to get tested for HIV, for example. You may have been recently diagnosed with HIV and want to understand how it may affect your life. Maybe you would like to meet other people in the same position, or you feel you would benefit from counselling. Or perhaps you have questions about sexuality or you are concerned that your HIV may affect your immigration status.
*Covid update- Face coverings are to be warn at all venues*
SWISH offer free confidential testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and offer a full range of contraception. open to all ages including under 16’s. You can visit any SWISH Service, locally or further afield, however not all clinics run a full service, so please ring to find out what is available.