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U13s group

Younger Children's Peer Support Group

From 2017 to 2019 CHIVA ran a younger children's peer support group for 9-13 year olds from the South West region. This group has now merged with the older group '00+'. During the two years we held a number of peer support days and 2 weekend residentials.

During the second residential we worked in partnership with the The Association of Young People’s Health (AYPH) to  collaborate on producing an animated film that imagines an idealised world where young people are supported with the challenges of living with HIV to reach their potential.

Participants were encouraged to use their imaginations for the basic storyline for the film and this is a flavour of what they said:

 ‘A community where we’re not always on our phones/social media’
‘Not being pressured at school/less pressure overall’
‘People can always see support systems, we can always access someone we can talk to who won’t judge’

We launched the animation with a friends and family screening at the Cube Cinema in Bristol in May 2019. 

Read the full report on the project, including all the behind the scenes discussions here, and find out more about the project from the Association for Young People's Health here.