Big Lottery Funds New Services for Families Living With or Affected by HIV
The charity, Positive Life are receiving a grant of £696,793 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Supporting Families Programme for the five year ‘+Family Life’ project. It is working with families of young children across Northern Ireland living with or affected by HIV, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing and help them cope with this long term condition.
Positive Life is working with Relate NI, Citizens Advice Northern Ireland and Belfast Group of Citizens Advice Bureaux to offer a range of tailored support and activities to the whole family. This includes one to one and peer group support, individual and family counselling, child and family focused activities such as art therapy, family fun days, residentials, complementary therapies along with practical advice on matters such as budgeting and finance.
The project will also aim to challenge the stigma surrounding an HIV diagnosis by busting the myths and raising awareness about the issues faced by families living with HIV. It will work with statutory agencies and other community services to increase the support available to families.
Welcoming this development, Dave Murphy, Chief Executive of Relate NI, said, ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with Positive Life and Citizens Advice to provide therapeutic support amongst a range of services to families of young children living with or affected by HIV to help them cope with the challenges they face.’