Voice of Hope initiative gets underway

This month saw the beginning of a new venture to work with African churches across Scotland, involving our Voice of Hope Choir.

The Voice of Hope initiative will see us work with eight  churches over the course of 2018, organising weekly singing sessions with church choirs, followed by HIV awareness workshops and the opportunity for people to access testing.

The workshops will cover basic information about HIV testing, treatment and prevention along with broader sexual health awareness.

The Voice of Hope Choir is an important part of our outreach work in African communities. By singing at community events, particularly within churches, the choir delivers positive messages about HIV awareness and prevention in a way that people feel comfortable engaging with.

The new initiative builds on our African Health Project’s Health in Faith Agenda, which works with faith leaders to take conversations about HIV and sexual health to the heart of communities.

This work contributes to challenging HIV myths and 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 caught up with our Health in Faith Coordinator, Swang, on a recent visit to Jesus Praise International Church in Glasgow, where he spoke about the new initiative: