NOTTINGHAM’S ONLY INDEPENDENT
VOLUNTEER RUN HIV PEER SUPPORT GROUP
REGISTERED CHARITY 1129416
Registered Charity 1129416
Registered Charity 1129416
Tagadere’s joyful Christmas Party
On Wednesday 17th December another fantastic Tagadere Christmas Party enthralled and entertained everyone who attended. The doorbell pealed endlessly to announce yet more people eager to join in the festive revelry.
Friends from near and afar joined to make a wonderfully empowering day where we celebrated the unity and friendship which epitomises the word Tagadere meaning ‘together’.
Once more it was standing room only and more chairs were needed to so that we could all fit in to enjoy the delicious and plentiful feast which was provided by Tagadere members who all pulled together because that is what we do. We are there for each other. Tagadere means ‘together’.
After lunch, our now-
All at Tagadere are proud of the support which we provide to the extremely diverse HIV population of Nottingham. We are often told that our enduring success is attributed to the fact that we are volunteer-
We resume our weekly drop-
World AIDS Day 2014: Tagadere radio interview
On Monday 1st December a Tagadere volunteer was interviewed live on BBC Radio Nottingham shortly after 10 a.m.
The interview was to also feature Dr Ahmed from Nottingham City Hospital but unfortunately at the last minute this was not possible. Our Tagadere representative stepped in to extend her interview which was conducted with an admirable aplomb, exploding many lingering preconceptions surrounding HIV.
We would like to thank Radio Nottingham presenter Mark Dennison for handling the interview with such sensitivity and for helping to raise awareness of HIV and Tagadere. Since the interview we have received numerous telephone calls, text messages and e-
The Fabulous Tagadere World AIDS Day 2014 Craft Fair
Tagadere is a volunteer run, user-
NottsTV approached Tagadere a short time before the doors opened to the public as they wished to film an interview with a Tagadere member and also to capture the busy atmosphere of the stalls setting up.
We would like to thank the many Tagadere supporters who used Facebook to share the details and the poster; also utilising Twitter to tweet, retweet and re-
Get ready: Tagadere’s World AIDS Day 2014 Craft Fair
Preparations for our event to mark World AIDS Day 2014 are well under way. We have over 20 stalls presenting a myriad array of unique, homemade magnificence. Hot food, an amazing prize raffle and of course, red ribbons are available from the Tagadere information stand.
Hot food and drink will be available to purchase.
Prize raffle drawn at 4 pm.
Date: Saturday 29th November 2014
Venue: Sherwood United Reform Church,1 Edwards Lane, NG3 3AA.
Buses: 40,42, 87, 88, 89 from the city stop right outside.
Some of the incredible goodies for sale include:
stained glass • handmade jewellery • gift bags • applique • leather pouches • photography • handmade bears • crocheted bootees • decorated gift boxes • handmade bath and shower products • baby, children’s and women’s clothing • felted items • cards and candles • locally milled flour from Green’s Mill • handmade organic gardening equipment • handmade ceramics • homemade cheesecakes • hand knitted kindle covers • hand made cushions • hair slides • jams • chutneys • biscuits and chocolates…and much, much more!
This is your chance to wear a red ribbon to show your support for people living with HIV not only here in Nottingham but all over the world.
We’re still gratefully accepting donations for the prize raffle; if you have anything which you feel will be suitable, please drop a line to email@example.com or telephone 07766 800 514
If you don’t have a way of getting larger donations to us,
we’ll be pleased to arrange for someone to collect.
Tagadere on the front page of QB (again!)
Our Fabulous World AIDS Day event is featured on the front page of the latest edition of QB which is produced by The Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage.
Tagadere World AIDS Day 2011 balloon was found three years later in Finland!
On 7th October we received an e-
The discovery of our balloon almost three years since it floated into the blue sky above Nottingham and its final fall to Earth approximately 1,587 miles from our drop-
We thank Helena to taking the trouble to write to us from Finland which shows that Tagadere and our achievements reach even further than we thought.
(We would like to point out that we no longer release balloons for World AIDS Day due to environmental reasons. Therefore, we would prefer it if excess personal energy was not wasted by e-
Our au revoir party for HIV Specialist Nurse
On Wednesday 8th October we hosted a special ‘au revoir’ party for HIV Specialist Nurse Sue Pennant who is leaving Nottingham for pastures new in Doncaster after considerable years spent as the HIV Specialist Nurse here in Nottingham.
We had a great day full of laughter, music, psychedelic balloons, flowers and a stupendous buffet lunch provided by Tagadere members who, as always, pulled together to make it a very memorable and emotional occasion.
The happy crowd devoured the homemade feast, many were happy that we chose not to have a cake as sadly, ‘the truth will out’ and many people told us that they considered previous cakes at Tagadere events had been a bit dry and tasteless – something which Tagadere can't be accused of being! As a tasty, moist alternative, one Tagadere member created some spectacular handmade confectionery which was gobbled up in a flash!
We wish Sue all good health and happiness for the future; many local HIV positive people believe that Doncaster's gain is definitely Nottingham's loss.
Short and sweet: a pair of e-
Within a couple of hours of the Tagadere news page being updated to report the uplifting letter which we received from Team Timber, a pair of e-
Well done Tagadere, you’re the Unsung Heroes, like all unpaid charity workers & supporters’
‘Good one & well done to all of you at Tagadere & Team Timber. There is hope for the world’
Thank you to the authors of those e-
Donate to Tagadere’s fabulous fundraising raffle!
As Tagadere is Nottingham’s only local, independent, volunteer run peer support group for people living with HIV we do not rely on Local Authority funding and so create other fundraising activities, amongst which are our successful Craft Fairs and the monthly raffle at our drop-
Donations are always welcomed for this fabulous event! If you feel that you have something which you don’t have room for, no longer use; a spare room full of unwanted gifts and things which have been bought from QVC in a frenzy of ‘I can’t live without that’, if it’s not too ghastly to donate please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tagadere gets the HIV message out on local television
On Tuesday 19th August we received an unexpected call from the exciting new local television channel Notts TV who wished to interview someone living with HIV about the ongoing stigma and ignorance which surrounds HIV and importantly, to discuss the lack of education and promotion of HIV information in mainstream media and schools.
We frequently hear the accolade 'You can rely on Tagadere' and as we are always ready to raise the flag of HIV awareness and education, one of our group members was prepared to abandon their schedule for the day in order to travel into the city centre studios for the interviews.
Considering the understandable concerns and initial paranoia which surround being ‘outed’ as a person living with HIV, our member took the bull by the horns from the beginning, calmly stating that she was a person living with HIV.
As a white heterosexual female this was a notable moment which instantly shattered persisting stereotypes and provided a massive surge of education in a few precious minutes. An erudite approach was delivered with a relaxed confidence from a member of Tagadere; a wonderfully empowering moment which erased the antiquated preconceptions and tired judgemental clichés which continue to hamper knowledge about HIV.
We applaud our group member and were heartened when she told us the next day at our fabulous weekly drop-
Considering the topic of the interview, Tagadere believe that those with more readily available financial resources could be achieving better results in educating the nation about HIV.
Perhaps because Tagadere is a local, grassroots, user-
Tagadere: Looking after Nottingham’s HIV community
As the only volunteer-
Tagadere World AIDS Day 2014 Christmas Craft Fair
Bookings to have a stall at our WAD 2014 Christmas Craft Fair are coming in rapidly. When we view the list of stallholders who already requested space in advance of our special event we see that it promises to be another potpourri of creativity.
Put the date in your diary, on your phone, computer, jot it on a Post-
Saturday 29th November 1pm – 5pm
Sherwood United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane at the junction with Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG5 3AA
*Please note that Tagadere as a Registered Charity, any of its Trustees or people accessing valuable and crucial volunteer peer support from Tagadere do not advocate the tattooing of the date of the Tagadere World AIDS Day Craft Fair 2014 on any parts of any individual’s body and therefore cannot assume responsibility should any individual be so impressed by and subsequently supportive of the selfless voluntary actions undertaken by Tagadere that they feel the urge to have the date of our esteemed event/s tattooed upon their anatomy.
Tagadere proud to raise awareness
Nottinghamshire Pride 2014 exceeded expectations as the change of location to a city centre setting was a decision which reflected the feeling of community and resulted in a much higher public gay visibility in contrast to previous years when we had been slightly away from the public eye on the Forest Recreation Ground.
As in previous years, our information stall was endlessly busy; the highly approachable Tagadere Three Degrees handed out free red ribbons and provided information on HIV and the crucial work which Tagadere provides as Nottingham's only independent volunteer run HIV support group.
Unfortunately, a worrying indication of how much HIV has been allowed to slip from the national consciousness (despite a recent high profile storyline in the television series Emmerdale Farm) is that when asked if they would like a red ribbon to wear, an alarmingly high percentage of people asked 'Why? What's it for, what does it mean?’
To hear this question from gay men at a Gay Pride festival is very depressing. Evidently the horrendous AIDS pandemic which surfaced in 1981 has been dismissed by many.
This prompts us to wonder about the apparent lack of public education about HIV. As a small, local user led volunteer group, Tagadere receives many requests from a wide variety of professional organisations asking us to provide HIV awareness training for staff.
If Tagadere can manage to successfully achieve this as a small, local volunteer run group, it makes us wonder why the general public are not being educated about HIV by those larger national entities who have more significant financial resources which permits access to wider national exposure and awareness.
Tagadere would like to thank the committee of Nottinghamshire Pride and all involved for making the day such an empowering and joyous celebration of the diversity proudly blossoming within The Queen of The Midlands.
We heard it through the grapevine…
As Nottingham’s only independent, volunteer run, user-
The accusations that ‘If your face doesn’t fit you’re not welcome’ and that you can’t attend our popular and successful weekly drop-
Tagadere is celebrated for embracing and supporting the social diversity of people living with HIV. An often heard comment ‘It’s like the League of Nations here!’ is perfectly tailored for such an inclusive group as Tagadere. HIV does not discriminate and reject a person because of their sexuality, gender, skin colour, religion, level of physical ability, height, weight or hair colour – and neither do we!
The Tagadere Monthly Raffle: everyone's a winner!
The successful introduction of our monthly fundraising raffle is proving to be a happy and popular addition to activities at our drop-
Already there have been many fabulous prizes won which range in size and use; homemade jams, chutneys and marmalades stand alongside printer/copiers, household goods, DVDs, books, unique jewellery and individual accessories for the home.
Donating to the raffle: Thanks go to the many people who have generously provided such wonderful items in order to fundraise for Tagadere.
Donations are always welcome; if you feel able to contribute please contact us for details by dropping us a line at email@example.com.
Tagadere World AIDS Day Christmas Craft Fair
As Nottingham's only independent volunteer-
The eclectic range of stallholders who have already booked space promises that as with our previous events there will be a fascinating and diverse range of stalls to grab the attention as well as our own stall which will offer information about HIV and the support which Tagadere provides to so many people not only in Nottingham but also further afield.
Another Tagadere presentation at Places for People
On Tuesday 10 June our successful and very much in demand resident Tagadere Presentation Duo gave an address to Places for People staff who were eager to learn about living with HIV and the valuable service which Tagadere provides.
The forum was well attended and we are proud that Tagadere receives so many requests for consultation on the many complex issues surrounding HIV. This proves that the only way to access first-
Nottingham LGCM donation
We would like to thank the Nottingham LGCM (Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement) for their very generous donation to Tagadere and for recognising the work which we do as a volunteer run charity.
Tagadere World AIDS Day 2014 Christmas Craft Fair
Tagadere grows from strength to strength as Nottingham’s only independent HIV support group. Even amidst the empowering excitement of the past few months we have still managed to plan our next World AIDS Day Craft Fair.
This year we are holding our event on Saturday 29 November from 1-
The spaces are in high demand – if you are artistic, creative and craft-
Mighty Real: Tagadere’s 5th anniversary party
6 May 2014 was another day of celebration for Tagadere as it marked five years since we were awarded status as a registered charity. As the next day was our drop-
A friend of Tagadere had contacted us early in the morning to let us know that they had specially cooked two huge vessels of Jamaican curry and rice for the occasion. To make such an effort whilst maintaining a busy working life indicates how much the unity of Tagadere is valued.
Eager to begin the celebrations on such a sunny day, the crowd began to arrive early, many people bearing additional contributions to the beautifully-
Throughout the day people dropped in to access the valuable professional support available at our drop-
A brief speech was made to reassure everyone that despite prolonged efforts made by a small and somewhat tiresome clique of what can only be described as ‘Tagadere-
Tagadere is treasured by so many people as Nottingham’s only independent HIV peer group run by people living with HIV for people living with HIV. The contributions on so many levels from such a diverse array of people adds to the strength of support which we provide.
This announcement gained rousing applause and three cheers for Tagadere, followed by an increase in fun as we began our ‘Disco Pass the Parcel’ – several diligently and almost impossible to open packages were in frenzied circulation to the accompaniment of Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ erupting joyously from the sound system.
This iconic song by Sylvester was chosen as a fitting soundtrack to our games as he was instrumental in the early days of the AIDS crisis to be the first to utilise his celebrity and high public profile to organise benefits and to raise awareness of what was happening.
The fortitude of the AIDS Activists across the globe at the beginning of the pandemic who were prepared to vocalise and draw attention to the situation should never be ignored or forgotten.
The jubilant atmosphere was buoyant and stirring; in other words, a usual Tagadere day but this time with a splendid cake to crown the celebrations. Thank you to everyone who contributed in so many ways to ensure that the day of celebrations was so successful and well deserved.
Tagadere interviewed by journalism student
In April 2014 Tagadere was approached by Alex Copley, a second year journalism student at Nottingham Trent University whose interest in Tagadere grew upon seeing various tweets on Twitter.
We thank Alex for taking the time to speak to us and for his affirming words:
‘It was inspiring being able to talk to you about the charity and how it has changed people's lives so considerably’.
Alex’s artcile is below:
The stigmas attached to HIV often mean that people living with the condition experience severe feelings of marginalisation. However, Tagadere, Nottingham’s only volunteer run, user-
“When I began going to the Tagadere drop-
At the age of 17, Kate James was diagnosed with HIV. This devastating blow was made worse when Kate, pregnant at the time, was told she would have to terminate her baby. In desperate need of support, she was offered no form of counselling. Minus brief visits from a social worker over the subsequent years, Kate experienced extreme isolation. Despite her worker’s efforts, she remained withdrawn and unhappy with what she had become. “My worker kept on telling me that there was this group I could go to called Tagadere and meet other people like me. But back then I didn’t like me, so I didn’t really want to meet anyone else like me.”
This all changed in 2007 when Kate eventually plucked up the courage to attend one of Tagadere’s weekly drop-
The pivotal point of Tagadere’s week is their drop-
As many HIV-
Kate has seen Tagadere blossom over the years and change people’s lives in many ways – including her own. She joined the group hardly able to speak to her peers, but now feels as though she has a new sense of purpose.
“My favourite saying is ‘we’re living with it, not dying from it.’ Lots of people can’t get their head around and won’t mix, but I’m so glad I did. God knows where I’d be now? Still sat in a pile of rubbish in my house probably.”
Someone who has witnessed the group’s exceptional growth since its inception is Simon Smalley – a trustee and secretary at Tagadere. The 52-
“We were all very energised and dedicated to becoming a more organised group. The main thing was to be a proper community group where we controlled ourselves and made decisions on how Tagadere is run in a very democratic way.”
Simon explains that the name Tagadere comes from an old English word for ‘together’ and he’s still waiting for someone to get it on Countdown. He says it’s a fitting moniker for the user-
It’s testament to the charity’s unmitigated success that people from outside the Nottingham postcode even seek its support. However, due to the ongoing social stigma and prejudice surrounding the condition, many HIV-
Simon says: “Any other condition will have a lot of presence in the media, but when it comes to HIV, the early 1980s hysterical, knee-
For this reason, the charity doesn’t publicise its drop-
What Tagadere have created is unique. They reach out a helping hand to those living with HIV, making them feel comfortable and accepted within society. This attitude is encapsulated perfectly within the charity’s philosophy to ‘be positive about being positive.’
It is an amazing achievement for a group with such humble beginnings to blossom into an entity that is so important in the lives of many – something of which both Kate and Simon are immensely proud. So as Tagadere nears its fifth anniversary as a registered charity, you’d expect some big celebrations are in order. Simon casually replies: “We’ll just be having our regular drop-
Journalism student, Nottingham Trent University.
Five years ago we were told that it couldn’t be done!
In early 2009 when a bright idea produced a decision to form a more cohesive group, that idea for progression immediately met considerable doubt and derision.
Observations were voiced that something similar had been unsuccessfully attempted before; therefore our idea was destined to fail before it had even begun. Scornful remarks such as ‘You’ll never do it, it can’t be done’ and ‘It’s been tried before, it didn’t work then and it won’t work now’ did not deter or disillusion us; far from it.
It was vital that we combined our self-
We enthusiastically began the journey uncertain of what lay ahead. A huge learning process began as, despite our combined vast wealth of experience and myriad skills as individuals in other fields of life, none of us had any previous experience of this task which we had undertaken.
The first thing to establish was a commitment to build upon the existing foundation of Tagadere; continuing to provide Nottingham’s HIV community with a much needed drop-
This would allow easy access to valuable professional workers including the HIV Specialist Social Worker, the HIV Specialist Nurse and a selection of trained support workers who would be available on a drop-
We embarked on an adventure to find new premises from which to operate the weekly drop-
Once a suitable venue had been acquired we began developing the next stage of Tagadere. During this process we have been confronted with many challenges; we have learned an infinite amount and maintained our integrity in providing a support system which local people value.
Five years seem to have sped past, containing some amazing achievements: within the first year a ‘One Nottingham’ award; two years later we received the accolade of being one of only two of The Lord Mayor of Nottingham’s chosen charities and in 2014 the Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage presented us with an award which was ‘In recognition of the many years of invaluable work provided by this user-
As a local community group we have successfully organised our own craft fairs to raise awareness of both HIV and Tagadere. Our debut World AIDS Day event was given added ceremonial credence when it was opened by The Lord Mayor of Nottingham and subsequently reported in the Nottingham Evening Post.
Interest in Tagadere has been shown by way of conducted interviews filmed and recorded by miscellaneous media sources. Our members have been invited to make many presentations on HIV to professional and medical organisations. Each of these involvements with the wider community distinctly shows how well respected Tagadere is.
Assorted medical professionals have been able to access the people living with HIV in Nottingham at our drop in, allowing them to consult local people living with HIV on various subjects in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We have even seen two Tagadere members marry when romance blossomed during visits to our drop-
Tangible awards and accolades are wonderful acknowledgements of who we are and what we do; however the real reward for the countless voluntarily devoted hours arrive in the shape of the thanks which we receive from so many people who value Tagadere, many of whom have written to us or asked to have their thoughts documented.
As often in life, when attempting to create something wonderful for the benefit of others, the golden road to success is notoriously bordered with shadows of disruption and strewn with dark pebbles of jealousy and malice. Often, lurking in the wayside darkness and sometimes alarmingly encroaching closer, we have encountered those who have a determination to throw a variety of spiteful and vindictive disruptions into our path which are intended to create our ultimate failure and demise.
The futile attempts to ruin us are no match for our resolve and tenacity. We are still here and under our own terms. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who genuinely supports us and who believe wholeheartedly in what we continue to do.
Tagadere is Nottingham’s only independent HIV support group operated voluntarily by people living with HIV for the benefit and support of people living with HIV in Nottingham.
Tagadere members interviewed
We were very flattered that upon posting a Tweet mentioning our forthcoming 5th anniversary as a Registered Charity, we were promptly telephoned by Nottingham University 2nd year student journalist Alex Copley who showed great interest in interviewing someone from Tagadere to discover more about our position as a unique volunteer run charity and also the various complex aspects of living life with HIV.
A pair of Tagadere members were more than happy to be interviewed; the results will be incorporated into Alex’s examination coursework and also feature in his blog. He commented ‘It was very fascinating and incredible to hear how Tagadere has developed over the years.’
We find it encouraging that genuine interest in Tagadere covers a wide and diverse range of society. Our thanks to Alex for contacting Tagadere and taking time to learn more about the continuing social stigma surrounding HIV and possible ways of exploding the ignorance which sadly still makes HIV a taboo subject for so many people.
When Alex’s interviews are published we are proud that we’ll be able to include them on the Tagadere website.
Healthwatch Nottingham visit to Tagadere
On 16th April the Tagadere drop-
The Tagadere Tabletop Shop arrives!
As we are an independently operated group we decided that to augment our fundraising raffles and annual World AIDS Day Craft Fairf, a good way to raise funds would be to have a ‘tabletop shop’ at our drop-
Here we have a dizzying variety of handmade creations ranging from cards and jewellery to food processors, lava lamps and designer label handbags which nestle alongside other items which have been donated -
Tagadere at ‘Looking After Each Other’ event
As March entered its last few days, Tagadere members joined a large and varied amount of people attending the ‘Looking After Each Other’ event at Nottingham’s Indian Community Centre Association. This was a valuable networking opportunity for the many who were present; a diverse range of key note speakers included Leader of Nottingham City Council Cllr. Jon Collins, Portfolio Holder for Vulnerable Adults Cllr. Alex Norris and also Lillian Greenwood MEP plus Melanie Futer MBE, Steve Parkinson from Bulwell Toy Library, George Cowcher, CEO Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.
It was encouraging to realise that the fundamental ethics which Tagadere believes in are shared by others as the correct way forward for community groups. We have successfully proved that being operated by service user volunteers is essential and highly beneficial for a community group to retain its unique identity. It is not professionals who decide how Tagadere is operated; local people living with HIV who use Tagadere decide how their own group is run.
For the past five years since becoming a Registered Charity we have worked hard at maintaining a grassroots approach which has proved to be a highly successful and well respected example of the power of local people who have a direct, hands-
At our wonderful weekly drop-
Fresh lemon juice, fresh oranges, golden caster sugar and on the naughty side, maple syrup and Nutella were available to embellish the light as a feather delights which were devoured as soon as they slipped effortlessly from the pans.
Another Tagadere friend brought in a huge box of handmade jam and lemon curd tarts for everyone to share which, along with the pancakes, made for a very tasteful treat. Thanks to all involved who continue to make Tagadere the only successful peer support group for people living with HIV in Nottinghamshire.
Due to the increasing number of fresh faces attending our drop-
Tagadere’s Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage Award
On Tuesday 25th February, Nottingham’s Council House hosted The Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage Awards; a busy, highly attended evening which was full of accolades to proudly validate Nottingham’s LGBT community.
Following announcements by Nottinghamshire Pride, Tagadere were the first award winners to grace the stage to accept our certificate which was presented by the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, Chris Eyre; the certificate stating: ‘In recognition of the many years of invaluable work provided by this user-
As the Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage Master of Ceremonies stated, the initial AIDS crisis in the early 1980’s had devastated the global gay communities; those communities who mobilised and responded accordingly to the enormous challenge by organising care and support.
To those of us around during those dark days it soon became apparent that the massive amount of mis-
Tagadere are extremely proud to continue to be Nottingham’s only, user-
The following day we were able to put the framed certificate down long enough to display it at our weekly drop-
Tagadere would like to congratulate fellow award winners and the E.on LBGT Network and to also thank everyone who has given their genuine support and continued belief in Tagadere and what we do.
Special thanks extend to everyone involved in The Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage for making the evening such a happy, uplifting and fabulous event.
A thank you
In advance of Tagadere receiving an award from The Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage, we received an e-
‘Hi Tagadere. Thanks for always being here in Nottingham for me and a lot of others, not just us gay guys. I saw on the front of QB that you’re up for an award and wanted to say that it’s more than well-
TV soap tackles HIV
We’re not all square eyed at Tagadere but it’s encouraging to see that television soap opera Emmerdale has brought HIV to television prime time mainstream attention. This is an applaudable opportunity to promote awareness of HIV and to hopefully begin to demolish established prejudices of ‘high risk’ groups.
The series producer encouragingly stated: ‘Things have changed so dramatically and I suppose I just wanted to tell a story that informed people properly and made people reaslise that actually their preconceptions of what HIV is today really probably aren’t right.’
HIV medication information forum at Tagadere drop-
On 12 February the Tagadere drop-
This crucial and informative workshop was presented by HIV Specialist Nurse Sue Pennant from the Nottingham City Hospital Department of Infectious Diseases who we thank for enlightening us on the forthcoming changes.
Tagadere invited to make HIV Awareness Training workshop presentation at Nottingham City Hospital
On Wednesday 15 January a trio of Tagadere service users visited the Midwifery & Nursing Post Graduate Education Centre at the Nottingham City Hospital Campus to give a productive and highly informative two hour presentation as a part of the ‘HIV Awareness Training for Nursing Home Senior Staff’ event.
The purpose of the day was to offer free HIV Awareness training to managers and nursing colleagues from local community nursing homes and domiciliary care agencies. Locally there are a small number of patients who have required nursing home care or community care services and the also acknowledging the fact that people living with HIV are an ageing population which is increasing in numbers.
For Tagadere to be invited to this event and consulted once more to provide first-
This was a wonderful opportunity to inform on the realities of living with HIV and a chance to present a well-
Our appreciation goes to HIV Specialist Nurse Sue Pennant for her original idea for the day, to Dr. Janet Garley (Specialty Registrar, GU Medicine) for inviting Tagadere to participate and for everyone whose attention and welcome resulted in a most rewarding visit.
Our first drop-
Towards the tail-
The Christmas and New Year period is invariably a difficult time for many people and we are happy to say that during this time we were able to continue to provide ample support and direction via telephone and e-
The first drop-
Tagadere in QB 76
Tagadere are proud to be featured on page 6 in the latest edition of QB, Nottinghamshire’s very own bi-
Download it here: http://www.nottsrh.webeden.co.uk/#/qb/4540911171
New Year greetings from Tagadere
Tagadere would like to extend our thanks to those who, during the past year, have continued to believe in us and whose honesty in their support for what we do as volunteers meant a lot to us during 2013.
As a local group we spent another phenomenally busy year supporting people living with HIV from not only Nottingham and the county of Nottinghamshire but by extending our reach to help people from many locations much further afield.
We’ve received encouragement knowing that Tagadere has been recommended to a considerable number of people living with HIV in more remote areas of the UK which makes us proud to know that our support is not exclusively limited to NG postcodes.
A continually growing number of people appreciate and value Tagadere, never doubting the unconditional support which we provide as a volunteer-
‘What you do is incredible, so unique, so beneficial, so selfless, running Tagadere as you now do, running it as a charity so well.
Tagadere is an amazing thing and you who give your free time to run it are amazing. Credit yourselves with something that is truly incredible. Tagadere supports anyone who asks for support. You do everything you possibly can to support everyone who needs support and if sometimes that isn't enough for them, well so be it. It is not because you have not done everything in your power to do to help -
Remember though -
Tagadere has honesty and integrity -