I moved to America to live with my partner, who had a big family (after growing up in a children’s home, that was something I really loved). When he died I came back to England, I self-medicated with drugs and going “up the heath”, eventually becoming HIV +ve. Being by myself, not knowing anybody else who was also positive, I felt pretty lonely. Finally I met someone from this group at a social occasion and he suggested I try coming along.

The group has changed my life, it is somewhere I can completely out pour my feelings – not just problems, but also sharing the good times. Also for the first time in years, I’ve learnt to listen, be more sensitive, mindful and understanding towards others. It has become my new family.

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