Support for people living with HIV - Community, food, friendship & peer support

Brighton based HIV charity Lunch Positive receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

Lunch Positive is a community based HIV charity that does big work with impact in Brighton & Hove, and in Sussex. Lunch Positive provides an HIV lunch club & friendship groups, HIV food bank, befriending, outreach and wellbeing programmes. Importantly, the work undertaken is provided by volunteers who are themselves people living with HIV, and their allies. It is an entirely unique service to community, and a brilliant example of peer support involving and reaching hundreds of people each year.

Lunch Positive volunteering features as an example of best practice with Public Health England and the charity works closely with NHS to reach and support people living with HIV.

Gary Pargeter, Director at Lunch Positive says:

“We’re overjoyed that Lunch Positive has received this award for voluntary service. Our organisation, projects and the support we provide are all built upon the energy, contributions and kindness of volunteers. Our volunteers are shining examples of what great things can be achieved by and for a community, and what impact this can have. Our charity has been founded, led and delivered by volunteers, people living with HIV and our allies. Genuinely community and grassroots to the core! The impact of volunteering throughout our projects is amazing. During the pandemic our volunteers prepared and delivered over 34,000 meals! Volunteers have formed and developed new work. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to reach and support, and because of our volunteers

Lunch Positive provides the largest regular support gathering for people living with HIV in the locality. Volunteering to support people with HIV is a long held tradition, now going back over 40 years since HIV was first identified. We are extremely proud to continue that tradition, meeting the needs of today which are still often complex.

It is a genuine team effort, and it is so fitting for this Queens Award for Voluntary Service to recognise the high quality of work achieved by our volunteers, the trust this engenders in the HIV community, and the impact it has for people using our projects. Our volunteers help hundreds of people each year, many who would not otherwise receive support. Volunteering is a wonderful thing, our volunteers are amazing people and so rightly deserve this brilliant recognition!”

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