To provide a weekly lunch club for anyone living with HIV in B&H and Sussex. We aim to improve the health profile of clients by providing a regular healthy subsidised meal, important to people with a compromised immune system and who often do not eat well due to low stamina or mood, disability or poor mental health. We facilitate peer support, advice, and outreach from other services. We provide mentoring, information and training in healthy eating. We involve clients in volunteering.
The locality has a high number of people with HIV. Living with HIV can be a difficult and turbulent life challenge. Stigma still exists and many are socially isolated. Often people do not eat well due to low income, disability or low mood. Meeting at lunch club provides an informal, safe and supportive space for people to share peer support, care for one another, find information and build support networks. Our service has positive impacts on people's health, sense of wellbeing and community.
We carry out a formal evaluation each year. Our most recent evaluation showed that: We provide improved access to good nutrition and diet People felt less isolated and had built social networks People had found peer support which they had not previously had People found useful advice and information around health, living with HIV and medications Peoples' sense of mental well-being had improved through coming along Volunteering gave people sense of purpose, achievement and greater inclusion