Sahir House won a GSK IMPACT Award, a national award run with The King’s Fund that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities. We beat more than 400 organisations from all over the UK and have received £30,000 funding as part of the prize.
There are more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. Over 100,000 have the condition and 88,769 access HIV care services – a number that has doubled over the past decade. The life expectancy of people with HIV has improved dramatically, although the condition can have a severe impact on physical and mental health.
We have shown how we successfully adapt our approach so that we keep meeting the changing health and wellbeing needs of people with HIV. Following concerns expressed by older people with HIV that they may encounter discrimination if they moved into a care home, we developed a specialist training course that has now been delivered to staff in 38 residential and nursing homes.
Sahir House proactively targets people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, working successfully with local BME community groups. We also provide support to asylum seekers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and living with HIV – the only organisation doing this in this area.
Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund, said: “Sahir House is a dynamic charity that shapes its services around the changing needs of people with HIV in Merseyside. Through its innovative projects and commitment to reaching marginalised people, it provides crucial support to those who are often very vulnerable. Sahir House does fantastic work in raising awareness of HIV issues and improving public understanding of the condition. This is so important both for combatting stigma and for helping to reduce HIV transmission.”
Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme, which has now been running for 20 years, and Sahir House will have access to training and leadership development tailored to its needs. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of more than 70 award-winning health and wellbeing charities working together to develop their leaders, find new ways of working, and support others.
Tommy McIlravey, CEO attended the awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Science Museum in London along with nine other GSK IMPACT Award winners.