Rise Community Action – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Rise Community Action (formerly Hackney Women’s Project) was established in 2004 to provide information, care and support to HIV positive women living in the London Borough of Hackney. The project was established with the aim of creating awareness on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, by running workshops and facilitating community events, to reduce the spread of the HIV and HIV-related stigma in the community.
Our aims were to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in East London by:
- Providing information, education, and advice on HIV and HIV services.
- Providing care and support through Hospital visits, home visits, and support groups.
- Empowering the women to make informed decision about access to services.
- Reducing HIV related stigma in the community through HIV awareness campaigns.
- Promoting social inclusion, individual well-being, and self esteem.
Rise Community Action has grown and is now managed by 3 members of Management committee and 10 volunteers. We support 80 women and their families and our services now extend to the boroughs of Newham, Enfield, Haringey, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Greenwich.
Our work has four key objectives
- Create awareness on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and reduce HIV - related stigma in the community.
- Reduce isolation suffered by HIV positive people and promote their social inclusion.
- To better inform service providers on the needs of people living with HIV thus improve the quality of care.
- To empower our users to make informed choices on access to services and their lives in general
From its inception the organisation intended to provide a voice for people living with HIV/AIDS and create a bridge between service providers and service users. We have now managed to extend our services to include providing, support, care, empowerment sessions and safe sex activities with young people.
Charity Number 1147332 Company Number 05617122