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

Support Camp

Applications for the 2019 support camp are now closed. We will post information about the 2010 CHIVA Camp here in January 2020.

One young person who attended camp last year said:

"For me camp was a place to get to know other people my age living with HIV like myself, but then it was a great way for me to have fun with out thinking about it. But apart from talking about HIV there was loads of challenges during activities like climbing & loads of team work skills. We also had workshops where people told their stories and it made some people closer and it was quite upsetting for some. Overall it was a great experience and I would go again next year deffo!"

About camp

The last camp took place in Kent from 14th-18th August 2018. 102 children and young people living with HIV, aged 11-16 came from across the UK and Ireland to attend. The theme of the camp was 'My journey and finding my way', and included workshops and talks that focused on understanding what HIV is (and isn't), talking about HIV and learning from other people's experiences; TED style talks from young adults living with HIV, as well as outdoor and creative activities. Read the evaluation report here. You can also read our camp 2018 newsletter here. 

Since the first camp in 2010, we have run ‘Freedom To Be’ annually. The camp sees young people aged between 11-16 travel from all over the UK and Ireland come together for 5 days. Everyone who attends is HIV positive. During camp, there are mandatory workshops on issues related to growing up and living well with HIV, creative and outdoor activities which encourage expression and sharing this experience, as well as free time to build friendships.