Common Ambition Bristol

Common Ambition Bristol – working with people of African and Caribbean heritage to reduce HIV infections and stigma

Common Ambition Bristol is a major new project with people of African and Caribbean heritage working in partnership with health care professionals, African Voices Forum, Brigstowe and academics to increase HIV testing and awareness and reduce HIV stigma. The project will support people to make decisions about their communities’ specific sexual health needs.

In order for this project to be a success, we need people of African & Caribbean heritage to work together with us to help develop news ways to tackle HIV.  There will be various paid and volunteer opportunities for involvement in the project.  The paid roles are for a few hours each month which can be carried out alongside other part-time or full-time work.

We will be holding an online launch event on Tuesday 2nd February from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.  This will be an online meeting where you can find out more information about the project.  Please register here for the event and we will send you more details of how to join nearer to the time.

The project is being led by Brigstowe (Bristol-based charity for people living with HIV), in partnership with African Voices Forum (Bristol-based network of African and African-Caribbean community organisations). They will be working in collaboration with African and Caribbean communities, health care professionals from Unity Sexual Health and public health teams from Bristol City Council  to introduce new ways to increase the uptake of HIV testing and broader sexual health services. Researchers from the University of Bristol will work in collaboration with community members to evaluate the project.

In Bristol, 2.7 people out of 1,000 aged between 15 and 59 are living with HIV. The rate has been steadily increasing since 2011 and is higher than the average for England (2.4 per 1,000 people).There are a disproportionate number of people of African and Caribbean heritage in Bristol who are:

1) Unaware they are HIV positive and only diagnosed once their infection is advanced and they have become seriously ill

2) Unaware they are HIV positive and are at greater risk of passing the virus on to others through unprotected sex

3)  Have identified problems with accessing HIV and sexual health services. 

Common Ambition Bristol aims to tackle these issues, by working in partnership with  African and Caribbean communities,  introducing new ways to increase HIV testing and reducing HIV stigma.

This project will help Bristol achieve the goals set out by the Fast Track Cities partnership which Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees signed up to in November 2019. These are to reduce new HIV transmissions in the city to zero by 2030, whilst at the same time eradicating HIV stigma.

This project is funded by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK and will run for 3 years from January 2021 to December 2023

If you are interested in finding out more about this project and are unable to attend the launch event, please email info@brigstowe.org