The Eddystone Trust have announced the regional Positive SW 2014 event will take place on Monday 1st December in Taunton (yes, on World AIDS Day!). It is the first event of its kind inviting everyone from across the South West (including Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and right down to the Isles of Scilly) to come together for an inspiring day of speakers, workshops, films, food, chill out space, and coming together.
Visit the Eddystone Trust Website for more information and to book your place.
To complement the above event Pride in Plymouth are organising an evening event bringing people together in the city with a candle lit vigil, speakers, and poetry readings. We will gather from 6.30pm with the minutes silence at 7pm followed by the speakers – Hopefully this will give time for people returning from Taunton to attend.
Our chosen venue is the recently refurbished Drakes Place Garden on North Hill which will offer a tranquil space with shelter from the elements. Hot drinks and soup will also be available and we welcome donations in support of the Eddystone Trust.
About Drakes Place Gardens:
Drake’s Place represents a great community space for socialising, storytelling, art exhibitions or community mornings, as well as a trading space for plant, art and craft fairs and fundraising events.
In December 2013, work began to transform this important part of the city’s heritage back into the life of the community in line with the views of local residents and organisations.
The £1.4m project was made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, plus investment from Plymouth University. The restored Drakes Place was officially opened on Friday 13th June 2014 by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and the University’s Vice Chancellor.
For more information about Drakes Place visit: http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/drakesplace/Pages/default.aspx
About World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
For more information visit http://www.worldaidsday.org/index.php