What we've been up to:

April was all about the arts at CHIVA. We spent a week in London at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith with 20 Young People living with HIV. They spent the week working with artists, sharing experiences and thoughts and producing poems, songs and drama pieces which expressed their experiences of growing up with HIV and reached out to their peers.
 
We are now producing podcasts from recordings of these pieces.  We aim to reach more young people through sharing these and help address the sense of loneliness and social isolation many young people living with HIV describe.
 
Young people used these words to describe how they felt at the end of the project: ‘Peace’ ‘Sense of togetherness’ ‘Openness’ ‘Trusting each other’ ‘That it is ok to be vulnerable’ ‘Unity’ ‘Reassurance’ ‘Supportive’ ‘Friendship’. Showing us again how much support young people gain from each other and the quality of friendships they make through their shared experiences and understanding.
 
The photo is from our evaluation ‘gingerbread person’completed by young people at the end of the week. This part shows what they take away in their hearts from the project.