IMPROVEMENT COMMUNITY

Connect well

Working to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness for people living with HIV

Led by Living Well, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help people improve and maintain their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, this project involves London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and various local voluntary sector partners.

Many people living with HIV find it hard to share their HIV status. They can feel alone, disconnected from family and friends and isolated within their local community. All of which impacts on their mental health and ability to live a full and healthy life.

We offer a range of one-to-one and group wellbeing services, including counselling, life coaching, workshops that focus on getting back to work, art and hypno therapy, that reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness for people living with HIV in London. We use a variety of approaches including community outreach, drop-in sessions and personal care planning, plus case work, coaching groups and workshops.

We help people create new connections and a sense of community. Many of our team are people who are living full lives with HIV. We give people the advice and support they need to know they are not alone. We help give them the confidence to build new relationships and a healthy future.

So far we’ve supported over 600 people across 30 London boroughs, including:

    • 300+ people in 1-2-1 sessions
    • 550+ attendees to group sessions
    • 2500+ hours of coaching, counselling and hyponotherapy

53% of service users are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.