Family Events

Families’ Weekend 

At Chiva we offer an annual Families’ Weekend. This residential event is for families who have a child or young person who is growing up living with HIV, or for adults who themselves grew up living with HIV and now have their own family. It’s a chance for families to come together in a safe, supported space for a weekend retreat in the countryside where they can:

  • Meet other families living with HIV
  • Explore family communication together
  • Dedicated activities for children, young people and parents/carers
  • Dedicated creche space and activity programme for under 8’s
  • Activities for all the family

Upcoming Events

Our next Families’ Weekend will take place from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June 2024 in Oxfordshire.

Costs are covered, including food, rooms and travel to the location. Click below to apply by the 30th April.

If you would like more information about the weekend, feel free to email Amanda on [email protected] or Text/WhatsApp: 07484 830329

Previous Events

We held our first ever Families’ Weekend from 14-16 April 2023. It was an informative, emotional, fun weekend that brought together families from across the UK who shared the experience of growing up with HIV. The programme for the weekend was carefully created to ensure that safe spaces for parents and caregivers were available, while the young people were entertained. Parents and caregivers had the opportunity to have conversations that they would not normally have. Some mentioned that this was the only place they felt comfortable and safe to talk about HIV.

You can read more about the weekend on our news page.

Family conference

Previously, and since 2018, Chiva ran an annual family conference for parents/carers of a child or young person growing up living with HIV, and young adults who have grown up living with HIV. It was a safe space where participants could:

  • Attend sessions exploring family communication and HIV
  • Hear from the Chiva Youth Committee and other young people about their experiences of growing up with HIV
  • Hear what young people living with HIV need from their family members
  • Hear from other parents and carers perspectives, plus attend specialist workshops exploring topics such as positive parenting techniques, understanding the impact of bereavement, and self-care.

The most recent family conference took place on Saturday 21st May 2022.