Originally from Lancashire, Jits moved with his partner to London and then to Brighton in 1998. Soon after moving down, Jits began volunteering for Sussex Aids Centre (S.A.C.) in Cavendish Street.
“Initially I was part of the health promotional team, I also trained as a community support worker, visiting clients in their own home, helping them with meals, emotional support etc. Jits Partel
When the centre merged with THT (Brighton) in the late 90’s, Jits took on the role of full time administrator, while continuing to work as part of the outreach support team. Read more
After Completing his Humanities Degree, where part of his dissertation looked at how past government policy including section 28 and HIV impacted on the sex lives of young gay men in the UK, Ross took on the roll of External Health Promoter and Community Fundraiser at, THT Brighton.
The main roll Ross and his team, including their dedicated group of volunteers, is to visit a wide range of places, allowing a broader variety of people to gain access to safer sex information and advice, condoms and lube. Read more
Before joining the team at THT, Peter Boorman worked as a health promotion coordinator for the THT branch Eastbourne.
As part of the health promotion team, we visited the local gay venue, The Heart, as well as the local cruising areas on a regular bases, promoting safer sex through a range of literature. We also made people aware of the fast track HIV test service that was available. (Peter)
Peter moved to THT (Brighton) in June this year, where he and his team continue to support existing groups as well as setting up new support groups. These include: Read more
Welfare Rights Advisor, Terrence Higgins Trust, Brighton
Tim first became involved in welfare rights for people with HIV back in 1985. He volunteered for THT (London), providing voluntary support and advice once a fortnight to people who where struck down with HIV; a condition that at the time was deeply misunderstood.
You have to remember in the early 1980’s, if you disclosed your HIV positive status to a member of the benefit agency, it was quite likely that you would be evicted from the building; such was the fear of the condition at the time. Tim Procter.
Tim continued to volunteer for THT, while working full time as an interior designer. By 1988, the increasing demand for welfare advice, allowed Tim to take on the role as a fulltime, paid worker. Read more
Mandy South, HIV Health Trainer.
Mandy moved down to Brighton two years ago from Essex, where her work background varied from hairdressing, to working with young people with learning difficulties, and later as a trainee midwife. However, a change in personal circumstances, led Mandy to leave her home town and start afresh in Brighton, where she volunteered for THT as a community support volunteer.
Is Pride still relevant?
The first time I heard there was such a thing as ‘Gay Pride’ was way back in 1984, when I lived in Norwich. The only gay bar was hidden away above a straight pub, and the gay club, The Caribbean, was discretely situated round the back alley, above a chip shop and only open three nights a week.
This was when it was illegal to have gay sex unless you were over 21 and then there was a new disease that was affecting the gay community, but no one really wanted to talk about that. So the idea that there was a Gay Pride March through London, with a mass gathering in the park, sounded like paradise.
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. Read more
Every four weeks, there seems to be a good cause attached to that particular month December can guarantee the general public know about World Aids Day, The weeks leading up to August, the world and it’s wife anticipate Brighton Pride (fingers crossed for 2010’s event going well.) And then there’s March. Now, did you know that March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? No, nor did I. Read more
Gay Men’s Walking Group, (Gayswag) For those of us living in and around Brighton we really are spoilt for choice, plenty of pubs, clubs and of course, the gym. Away from the scene, for those who want to get a bit of fresh air there is the sea. With everything a stones throw away it is quite easy to forget about the fantastic surrounding countryside the South East has to offer. Read more