Common Ambition Bristol

Improving HIV and sexual health services for people of African and Caribbean heritage in Bristol

Common Ambition Bristol (CAB) is a major 3- year community powered project led by Brigstowe and African Voices Forum working with the African and Caribbean heritage communities in Bristol to reduce HIV diagnosis, stigma and generally improve sexual health. 

This is a huge co-production project which includes health care professionals from Unity Sexual Health and the public health team from Bristol City Council to introduce new ways to improve HIV testing and broader sexual health services; as well as researchers from the University of Bristol working in collaboration with community members to evaluate the project. 

Why Bristol?  

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. 

Where are we now?  

Work on the project is well underway!    

  • February 2021: saw the launch of the project via an online event with the Deputy Lord Mayor Carole Johnson officially declaring the project “open”. 
  • Community involvement: 6 community members, all of African and Caribbean heritage in Bristol, have been recruited and whose role will help make key decisions and support the running of the project. 
  • Evidence Review: a full systematic review has been carried out of similar initiatives to help inform the project of potential interventions to use

What is next?  

We are now at the community consultation stage of the project!

The project has identified similar initiatives that have been tried and tested with positive results from a global perspective, however we are also aware that different things work in different settings and want to engage with African & Caribbean Heritage Communities in Bristol to explore these further

Consultations: – Come join one of the consultation sessions below & let us know what you think will work in Bristol:

  • Tuesday 10th August 2.30 – 4pm Easton Community Centre, BS5 6AW
  • Thursday 12th August 6pm-7.30pm Zoom
  • Saturday 21st August 2.30pm-4pm Easton Community Centre, BS5 6AW

Please book via Eventbrite & chose which event you would like to attend here

For attending the consultation, you will receive:

  • £15 as a thank you for your time
  • Refreshments and entertainment provided!

For more information, please contact

Aisha Namurach 0117 9555038