In August 2016 we ran our 7th annual support camp in Hertfordshire. We had 81 young people living with HIV, aged between 11 and 16 attending from across the UK and Ireland. Alongside our staff team of 6, we had volunteer support from key workers, and camp leaders (HIV+ peer mentors) as well as numerous workshop facilitators from organisations including Positively UK. You can apply for a place at this years support camp here.
In 2015 The Royal Holloway University London began a comprehensive evaluation of CHIVA support camp. After 5 years of running our support camp CHIVA were keen to develop increased understanding of the impact of the intervention on young people's lives, and in particular more understanding of the psychological and behavioural outcomes following attendance at camp. The evaluation also aimed to understand how camp is experienced by attendees, how they perceive its impact on their lives and ability to live well with HIV. The full report from this evaluation can be read 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.