Imagine you’ve just been diagnosed with HIV… Where do you turn? Who do you tell? How does your life change? How do you think your family, colleagues and friends will react?

The Thrive Programme is a 6-month service for anyone living with HIV, to help them answer all those questions and improve their physical, mental and emotional health, at a time of need.

The programme aims to give participants the awareness of their own stigma around the condition, and the confidence to express their fears and seek answers in a safe and supportive environment.

In individual and group sessions, participants work with life and health mentor Edward (Will) Pike to reconnect with their bodies, emotions and intuition through discussions, meditations, visualisations, embodiment and movement practices.

We focus on 7 areas of improvement:

  • presence
  • awareness
  • growth
  • aspirations
  • self-care
  • belonging
  • attitude 

(For more details see this blog post).

 

We understand that every single person has a different journey with HIV, so the Thrive Programme is designed to provide a personal and flexible learning environment for each participant: each is given 12 individually tailored 1-2-1 sessions, which are arranged to suit participants schedules and lives, rather than a rigid structured timetable.

We also understand that the main learnings come from connecting with other gay men in a similar position, so Thrive provides a space to nurture mutual support and development: 6 group workshops are held over 6 months, in which participants learn to practice the tools, and create ongoing connections and networks.

The next intake will start in January 2017. In order to participate, you must first attend at least one Open Day workshop. For upcoming dates, please check our calendar:


BACKGROUND

The programme was developed in 2015 by life and health mentor Edward (Will) Pike in partnership with the Peel Institute, a charity with over 100 years of history of providing health and wellbeing services in London.

10 participants were referred from the NHS clinic 56 Dean Street and HIV charity Positive East.

The pilot was funded by a variety of charitable trusts and individual donations, and made significant improvements:

  • Participants saw an average increase in their mental and emotional health scores of 30%
  • Participants were 60% more inclined to disclose their status to sexual partners
  • And 40% more inclined to disclose to their friends and families

The programme also received some great feedback and testimonials.

Thanks to this success, the Thrive Foundation was set up as an independent charity, and registered in December 2015.

See a video from April 2015 about the pilot programme below.