Scottish Charity Awards 2017

Our African Health in Faith team enjoyed a fantastic night at the Scottish Charity Awards in Edinburgh this week.

The Health in Faith project was in the running for the Pioneering Projects Award, which recognises innovative work to support communities in Scotland. Although we didn’t take home the prize, it was a huge honour that our work was recognised with a nomination.

Through Health in Faith, we work with African faith leaders to take conversations about HIV and sexual health to the heart of communities.

The idea for Health in Faith grew out of our African Health Project, in recognition of the important role faith plays within African communities.

Since the project first launched in 2010, we have built relationships with faith leaders across the country. These pastors are important community figures, and working with them has allowed us to deliver a range of HIV awareness and testing workshops with congregations. As a result, this work is contributing to challenging HIV stigma, encouraging people to know their HIV status, and ensuring that people living with the condition can access the support they need to live well.

We were joined at the awards ceremony by a number of Pastors who have worked with the project. We recently caught up with one of them, Pastor Favour Asante, to hear about her experience. You can read her story here.

The Scottish Charity Awards were a great opportunity to celebrate the huge difference that charities make to communities across Scotland, covering every conceivable issue. It was inspiring to hear about the many amazing projects that were shortlisted and our congratulations go to all of the winners and nominees.

We are honoured and proud that our Health in Faith work made the shortlist for the awards. We would like to thank our funders, and the many faith leaders and communities who have trusted us and continue to open their doors to work alongside us.