STaSS currently provides the following services to individuals living with and closely affected by H.I.V. For further information, please contact us.
We provide an initial assessment of your needs and assign a support worker to each individual or family. Support workers work with you to develop a support plan and provide access to services, both at STaSS and elsewhere. You can contact your support worker for information and advice on a wide range of issues.
The PLC provides an opportunity for peer support, networking and friendship. Speakers from external organisations help to stimulate lively discussions about issues that matter to you, such as mental health, drug adherence, sexual health, nutrition and disclosure. You can share your experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
The benefits of complementary therapies for people living with HIV are well known. Massage, cupping, aromatherapy and acupuncture are available. You may arrive, tired, stressed or anxious, but you’ll leave feeling calm and energised. The service is free to people living with HIV but donations are welcomed. The service is in high demand so if you miss an appointment, we will ask you to pay £10 before the next treatment. Check the Calendar for dates, and phone the office for an appointment.
Counselling is available at the STaSS office from our student counsellor, Sharon, once a week – check the Calendar for dates. Most people can benefit from at least a few sessions of counselling. Your support worker can help you assess and decide if counselling could be beneficial to you at this time.
Drug adherence and maintaining good health are vital to people living with HIV. We can support you when visiting the sexual health clinic, your GP or a specialist health appointment and remind you of key dates.
We organise a number of social activities during the year, including parties, picnics, pub visits, meals and coach outings. Joining in the social activities is a great way to meet new people, keep in touch with friends and sometimes meet future partners. We also encourage service users to organise social events.
Good nutrition is an important part of maintaining a healthy immune system. During difficult times, we can provide emergency food parcels by prior arrangement. In exceptional emergencies we can take one to your home.
We promote a healthy and safe sex life for everyone accessing STaSS services. Sexual health information is available at the STaSS office and condoms are available free of charge. You can talk to your support worker about any concerns you have about your sex life.
Staying active is great for your physical and mental health. That’s why we’ve negotiated a very substantial discount at a top gym in Central Milton Keynes. Many of our service users access the gym and so you’ll also be able to find someone to help keep you motivated.
Want to be put in touch with other service users who are looking for friendship, or more? Register for our buddy service by talking to your support worker.