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Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

Participation Work

The meaningful participation of children and young people is central to our work at CHIVA.

Our approach is about working in partnership with children and young people in everything we do, from encouraging previous CHIVA participants and youth committee members to lead activities, to our established peer mentor role of 'Camp Leader' at the annual CHIVA support camp.

In all the work that we do, participants can suggest the direction they would like our work to go in. We will also talk with the youth committee and other young people when we start working on a project, to ensure that it is youth-led and will meet their needs from the start.

At the core of our work is the CHIVA Youth Committee (CYC). The CYC is an integral part of the structure of the organisation and sits alongside the Executive Committee. The CYC has its own work programme and is supported by a Participation Officer. The CYC regularly meets with the CHIVA Trustee Board and links with the dedicated Young Adult living with HIV Trustee position which we have recently established.

CHIVA is currently in receipt of a BBC Children in Need England grant for its participation work. This funding supports the work of the CHIVA Youth Committee and the role of a part time Participation Officer. The Participation Officer role has three key elements.

 CHIVA supports the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in particular article 12 -

'Every child and young person has the right to have his or her views taken seriously'.

For more information about these work areas or for any other participation enquiry please visit the above links or contact abi.carter@chiva.org.uk. We are always interested in working with other organisations on specific participation projects.

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