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

Participation Work

The meaningful participation of young people is central to CHIVA's work.

Our approach is about working in partnership with children and young people in everything we do, from encouraging previous CHIVA camp participants to lead activities, to building roles within our volunteer team for older young people who want to continue their involvement with us.

We are a young person led team, where participants can suggest the direction they would like our work to go in, in order to meet their needs. For example in 2018, a group of young adults wrote, directed and filmed a short film about their experiences growing up living with HIV. Read more about this project here.

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. 

Mercy, the 2016/2017 Chair of the CYC was awarded one of the 20 inaugural Diana Legacy Awards which was presented at St James's Palace in May 2017. You can read more about the awards here


(Youth Committee members and CHIVA staff meet HRH Prince Harry at the International AIDS Conference in Durban 2016)

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 We are always interested in working with other organisations on specific participation projects.