Children & young people living with HIV

Sahir House is proud to announce is has appointed a dedicated worker to take on the role of Children and Young People’s Support Worker.  Providing emotional and social support and HIV education to children, young people and young adults who are living with HIV.

Rachael Hickmott has joined the Sahir House team which is being funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Rachael is based at Sahir House and will work closely in partnership CHIVA, Alder Hey Hospital and Axess to develop and deliver this support service.

Rachael commented:
‘I’m very excited to be joining such a well-established, experienced team at Sahir House.  I’m looking forward to bringing 11 years of expertise in the field of education and wellbeing support for young people to the role of Children and Young People’s Support Worker  and contributing to the excellent work Sahir House does across the Liverpool City Region’.

On Merseyside we work directly with clinics to help address some of the wider impacts HIV can have on children’s and young people’s lives and to support families facing more complex issues.
This includes:

  • working in collaboration with clinic teams to support health and wellbeing
  • providing expert guidance and advice to the wider workforce supporting families living with HIV, e.g. schools and professionals from wider agencies such as social care
  • offering direct support and advice to children and their families through home visits and one-to-one work
  • supporting young people to successfully transition and settle into adult care
  • organising local peer group meet-up events for children and young people
  • supporting families to engage children and young people with CHIVA’s wider national peer-based programmes

Life Growing Up is a short film created from the real life stories of young people who have grown up with HIV. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the experiences and needs of young people living with HIV.
The film explores critical issues for young people including finding out they have HIV, engaging with healthcare, adhering to treatment, sharing their HIV information with friends or partners, and managing the emotional and social impacts of HIV.

You can watch the film here. The second video is a BSL & subtitled version.

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