Mission Statement

 

AIDS WEST

 Mission Statement and proposed objectives.

 27 July 2015

 Mission Statement

 

AIDS West is a charity which provides a safe and welcoming environment for everyone with whom it works. Our office is based in Galway.

Our Mission is to:

  •  Deliver the highest quality care and support to people living with HIV,AIDS or STIs.
  •  Empower those living with HIV to optimise their health and well being
  •  Raise awareness around HIV, AIDS, and STI issues and work to eradicate stigma and discrimination
  •  Promote positive sexual health without prejudice or discrimination.

Objectives.

  •  Deliver the highest quality care and support to people living with HIV AIDs or STIs

Support

  •  To offer emotional/psychological support to people living with HIV AIDS or STIs according to their stated needs and to the ability of AW to deliver those supports.
  •  Support may be by telephone, email, or by face-to-face meetings with the coordinator.
  •  Telephone Helpline support may be offered by other AW staff.
  •  Support groups or ‘buddying’ by similarly affected people may be offered.
  •  Respite weekends may be offered to people living with HIV AIDs or STIs and their carers.
  •  If deeper psychological support is needed the person may be referred to a psychotherapist.
  •  Support may also be offered to a person who makes contact who is experiencing a sexual health crisis or problem.

Care

  •  Offer practical assistance to people living with HIV AIDs or STIs e.g. in finding suitable accommodation or in obtaining social welfare benefits,
  •  Provide complementary/holistic therapies for the physical/holistic wellbeing of the person affected.

 To empower those living with HIV to optimise their health and wellbeing

  •  Workshops on different aspects of personal development facilitated be experienced practitioners will be offered from time-to-time to the HIV+ people who use the AW Care and Support services.
  •  Workshop topics will include areas such as :

                   Improving self-esteem

                   Fighting against stigma

Campaigning for the best possible support services and treatments

 Raise awareness

  •  We will raise public awareness of HIV,AIDS, STIs and sexual health through awareness campaigns, provision of information material, use of different media, seminars, publication of a newsletter and public events.
  •  Provide a confidential Helpline Information Service on HIV, AIDS, STIs and sexual health matters.
  •  Publish a quarterly newsletter “Happiness is vital”
  •  Ongoing use of technology to provide information on HIV, AIDS, STIs and sexual health such as maintaining up to date information on our website  www.aidswest.ie and App.
  •   Draft and publish leaflets, posters, brochures and booklets on sexual health matters for information and distribution to health clinics, doctors surgeries, seminars, conferences etc.

Promote positive sexual health

  •  We will enhance sexual well-being by the provision of responsive and innovative training programmes to schools, community groups, youth organizations etc and work in conjunction with state agencies to provide these programmes where appropriate.
  •  We will provide outreach programmes for at-risk groups i.e. gay community, asylum seekers, prisoners plus many others in the form of education, support, advice and provision of free condoms
  •  We will provide outreach services to young people who are potentially at risk and who are not in contact with other services.
  •  We will work with the Western region Drugs Task Force[WRTDF]  to deliver holistic educational programmes which link sexual health with drug and alcohol abuse.

Best Practice

  •  Participate in Research on sexual health, disease prevention and best care practice.
  •  Participate in national/local meetings and networks/associations in order to develop and maintain models of practice.
  •  Work with HSE and community groups in the development and delivery of “Train the Trainers” programmes to schools, community groups etc.

 

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