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March 2017: Join the campaign to save HIV support services

We are approaching the end of another financial year, and as for many HIV support charities, this has been a very challenging one for The Food Chain money-wise. We needed to make some big changes in order to work within a smaller budget and maintain the best quality services possible for our service users. This included an office move and the re-structuring of our staff team. I am pleased to say that all our efforts to sustain income and reduce expenditure have been beneficial, and we will end the financial year in a more stable and sustainable financial position than before. As we approach the new financial year, our task now, is to continue our hard work to increase income, so that we can build our services back up the level we know is needed. As other charities’ services are under pressure, so the need for our essential food and nutrition support services for people living with HIV in London increases.

The outlook is difficult for the whole HIV sector. The Food Chain is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the cuts to HIV services and the impact this has on the very vulnerable people living with HIV that we work with on a daily basis. We need to do something to stop the cuts if we can. The National AIDS Trust has just launched two reports showing the findings of a parliamentary inquiry in to HIV support services

Deborah Gold, chief executive of NAT said: "The disappearance of support for people living with HIV in England and Wales is extremely alarming. This trend leaves people living with HIV without the support they need to live well. This is dangerous and short-sighted, creating a need for more urgent and more expensive care for people living with HIV further down the line. To read more follow the link here http://bit.ly/2mLjvvG and join the campaign to stop the cuts here: ttp://www.stophivcuts.org/

My recipe from ‘Nourish’ this month is the Cottage Pie with Parsnip mash. Spring may well be on the way, but there’s still a chill in the air, and this was a lovely warming supper on a rainy evening in February.