Established in 1991 NAZ is the sexual health charity dedicated to people experiencing better sexual health. We do this because there’s a big gap in the sexual health outcomes of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities compared to the general population. Everything we do works to reverse this trend. We provide four key work programmes:
1) HIV Care & Support
2) Sexual Health Promotion including support to LGBT
3) Clinical services: HIV Testing and Counselling
4) Policy, Research & Advocacy.
Our services are aimed at transforming the lives of BAME people, by challenging homophobia and stigma, building confidence, promoting self-esteem, skills and individual capacity to access services. We combine aspiration with motivation to create a sustained behaviour change. We understand the role culture, religion and language has in underpinning motivation to change. NAZ competencies lie in decoding these complex structures so we can enable the most at risk of our communities to have fulfilling sexual lives as well as support people on how to access local services to remain healthy.
Antidote is the UK’s only drug and alcohol support service run specifically by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. It provides support for people wishing to cut down and gain more control over their drinking or drug use, or to stop altogether.
Antidote provides weekly walk-in sessions where clients can access a full drug and alcohol assessment, peer support, brief interventions, one-to-one and group structured psycho-social interventions, and complementary therapies. Services are provided from our base in Kings Cross and at a number of satellite locations across London. There is open-access referral at all our sites.
Antidote works in partnerships with sexual health clinics and other drug services, providing access to full sexual health screenings. Antidote workers have extensive experience supporting those engaged in chem sex, providing support that addresses both chems and sexual health together. Our innovative SWAP programme is the first intensive therapeutic programme for men engaged in chemsex run over 4 consecutive weekends.
The Antidote services are provided by London Friend, the UK’s oldest charity working to improve LGBT health & wellbeing. London Friend’s other services include coming out groups, a trans group, social and other support groups and a large LGBT counselling service. As well as direct client services London Friend and Antidote work with healthcare professionals providing training, consultancy and advice around supporting LGBT people and their related health issues.
The Race Equality Foundation promotes race equality in social support (what families and friends do for each other) and social care (what ‘workers’ do for people who need support), by exploring what we know about discrimination and disadvantage and developing interventions that will overcome barriers and promote equality. REF have 25 years of delivering projects using an evidence-based approach to improving the experiences and outcomes of disadvantaged groups in England.
Lessons learnt have been used to shape national developments (Sure Start Unit used our work to produce the guide Sure Start for All and has led us to better understand the role of BAME-led voluntary organisations and faith groups, how they should be supported, and in doing this allows us to reach some of the most marginalised communities.
The SFSC programme is a 13 week, inclusive, evidence-based programme designed to empower parents and carers and promote some of the protective factors associated with better outcomes for children. At the same time, SFSC helps parents to explore and develop strategies for dealing with the factors in parenting that are associated with increased risk of poor outcomes for children, such as harsh and/or inconsistent discipline. This programme works with parents and carers on a range of issues beyond improving family functioning and relationships to include confidence building and empowerment, better understanding of local services and opportunities, connecting with community, volunteering opportunities, skills development and goal setting.
GMFA are one of the lead providers of online HIV and sexual health information. The GMFA sexual health information website receives up to 150k visits each month with 8.5% of these coming from Lambeth and Southwark (GMFA evaluation surveys).
GMFA have marked success in using social media for campaigning, their recent HIV prevention advertising campaign, Think Again, targeting younger gay men (18-25) reached over three million people on Facebook, with over 214,000 engaging with the campaign through the following types of interaction — clicked on the link, commented, liked or shared it — with 2,000 more people signing up for regular updates on HIV and sexual health.
More than 27,000 people came to the Think Again page on GMFA’s website while the number of HIV test kits ordered through the GMFA website quadrupled, with 80% of kits now being sent to men in their teens and 20s (up from 45%). GMFA also delivers sexual health workshops for gay and bisexual men in Tower Hamlets.