The History of Positive Action
The organisation was originally a telephone help-line providing information to the local community in the early 90's.
The name 'Positive Action' and the Constitution were adopted and the charity was registered in 1995 when, with the assistance of the local health authorities, independent premises were leased in Farnborough. This move enabled the volunteers to start providing emotional and practical support services directly to individuals.
In 1998 additional funding from Surrey and Hampshire County Councils enabled Positive Action to relocate to new premises in Aldershot and to establish a dedicated centre for people affected by HIV. As the charity grew, new centres were opened in Portsmouth and Southampton.
In 2016, Positive Action undertook a comprehensive service review to shape the future direction of the charity and re-evaluate the local need for services. Before this could be completed, the charity was hit by the cut backs in public sector funding and lost their statutory funding early in 2017. The charity was forced to close the centres but the Trustees remain committed to maintaining the charity and to continue making a positive contribution to the lives of people with HIV and their local communities.
Positive Action is currently recruiting a new team based in Aldershot, Hampshire. The charity will be operating on a membership basis and will encourage people living with HIV to link up, share experiences and offer mutual support.