An important community project for HIV positive people.www.lunchpositive.org Upon arrival at the Methodist Community church in Dorset Street (just off St. James Street), the welcome smell of Fridays lunch came wafting down the stairs. (A lift is available ). The friendly receptionist and well placed sighs meant I soon found Gary and his team getting ready for the forty plus people who come every Friday lunch.
While the team got the tables ready, I chatted to one of the dinners, a regular since its opening back in July 2009, while chatting he told me, “Positive Lunches is much more then a place to eat, I can meet here with my friends and share what’s been going on during the week.” As the place filled up I understood what he was saying, Positive lunches provide a safe welcoming place for all HIV positive people to get together.
As a newcomer to the group, I felt instantly welcomed by everyone who walked through the door. It was also really nice to see catch up with people I’d not seen for a while; and this is perhaps what makes Positive lunches so special, Here is an alternative meeting place from the lunch time pub. At one ‘o’ clock, The food was ready, and for £1.00 three main courses were on offer, roast dinner, cooked salmon and a vegetarian option of quiche, all served with potatoes and a selection of vegetables; additionally there was salad on the table along with a selection of juices, followed by an apple sponge and custard for dessert.
The emphasis behind this project is to serve up good quality healthy dinners for all those affected by HIV & AIDS. Throughout March, two of the volunteers are also running small classes to the service users on food shopping/planning and how to prepare healthy balanced meals at home. Positive Lunches has filled a much needed gap, left when Open Door closed in the summer of last year and reinvented it totally this much needed service. Gone is the single table and double sittings, replaced with three long tables for community lunch, with the addition of four two/three seater tables.
Once a month an additional support service is provided by THT, were an adviser is hand to talk through any problems, and or to make appointments at a later date at the main office in Ship Street. Positive Lunches provides a safe comfortable space for people living with HIV, where respect for each other is most evident. A further review of this excellent project can be found in gscene (online) December issue, page 18. To find out more about joining Lunch Positive, please visit there web site at www.lunchpositive.org or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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