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Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon 2017

Would you consider joining TEAM ACET to celebrate ACET’s 25 years of service in our communities by running, jogging, walking (or even crawling!) the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Monday 5th June 2017? Please spread the word and share with anyone who might be interested. It would be great to get as many people as possible involved in this event to encourage each other along on the day and raise some funds, which are always useful and appreciated, whatever the amount. Contact the office on 018787700 or dublin@acet.ie for more details or to receive your sponsorship card and Tee-shirt. Entries close on 28th April so hurry and don’t miss out!

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ACET is Hiring

ACET Ireland is a Christian interdenominational agency responding to HIV with various projects at the intersections of addiction, sexuality, faith, minority ethnic groups and poverty that seek to improve health and offer hope.

ACET is looking for candidates for the following fixed-contract post to cover a career break. This post is based on 20 hours a week and a contract running from 4th January 2017 to 25th August 2017.

The post primarily involves operating the ACET administration office, being part of the ACET Core Team while contributing to the activities to ACET’s various projects and some PA duties for the CEO. The ideal candidate will be excellent at multi-tasking and working with a diverse team, carrying out the various administrative tasks while expressing ACET’s values and Christian ethos of compassion and care.

For more details please see this job description: Admin Job Description pdf

To apply please send a copy of your CV to richard.c@acet.ie before 5pm on Wednesday 7th December. All informal enquiries to Richard Carson at 01-8787700.

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New Parenting Course Dates Announced

“This course has enlightened me about how to deal with teenagers.” – Jesus Centre Dublin participant.

We know that Parenting is tough. We know that Parenting teenagers can be really tough. That is why we are bringing the vastly experienced staff of ACET Northern Ireland to deliver our Parent/Teen Communication Skills course in Dublin.

We have trained church leaders all over the country on HIV, listening skills, mental health and more. Together with our participants we have identified Parenting as an enormously challenging area, particularly in the context of the generation divide marked by migration from one continent to another. I remember the day a Pastor said to me, over coffee, “Richard, I don’t know how to talk to my 14-year-old daughter. It is like she is speaking a different language.” “You are not alone.” was my reply.

We have already trained parents on our Level 2 course in Jesus Centre Dublin. 100% of participants stated that the course equipped them to be better parents in areas such as Teenage Development, Strategies for Resolving Conflict,  How to Build Self esteem in Teenagers and Talking about Sex and Relationships with Teenagers.  Now we are repeating the same course for new participants

Would you consider joining us as together we explore areas of Conflict and Listening and see how God might equip us to become better parents for our wonderful children?

Course Details:

Saturday 19th November: 9:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday 26th November: 9:30am – 4:15pm

Attendance is required for both days.

Venue: Sanctuary of Salvation Ministries, Unit 12, Willow Business Park, Knockmitten Lane, Dublin 12.

Lunch will be provided. All participants will receive a Level 2 Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland qualification and will be introduced to further options for learning in this area including the chance to become trainers themselves through a Level 3 course. There is no charge for this course and there are limited places. To book your place contact Richard Carson at richard.c@acet.ie or 0860482094 (On WhatsApp or phone)

This project is funded by the MAC AIDS Fund.

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New Parenting Course Announced

“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, and the hardest thing to do.”

We know that Parenting is tough. We know that Parenting teenagers can be really tough. That is why we are bringing the vastly experienced staff of ACET Northern Ireland to deliver our Parent/Teen Communication Skills course in Dublin.

We have worked with leaders in Jesus Centre Dublin, other RCCG parishes, MFM, CAC and leaders of many other churches in addressing sexual health and more. Together with our participants we have identified Parenting as an enormously challenging area, particularly in the context of the generation divide marked by migration from one continent to another. I remember the day a Pastor said to me, over coffee, “Richard, I don’t know how to talk to my 14-year-old daughter. It is like she is speaking a different language.” “You are not alone.” was my reply.

Would you consider joining us as together we explore areas of Conflict and Listening and see how God might equip us to become better parents for our wonderful children?

Course Details:

Saturday 25th June9:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday 2nd July9:30am – 4:15pm

Attendance is required for both days.

Venue: Jesus Centre Dublin, 119A JFK Industrial Estate, Bluebell Ave, Dublin 12.

Lunch will be provided. All participants will receive a Level 2 Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland qualification and will be introduced to further options for learning in this area including the chance to become trainers themselves. There is no charge for this course and there are limited places. To book your place contact Richard Carson at richard.c@acet.ie or 0860482094 (On WhatsApp or phone)

This project is funded by the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Testing, Testing, Testing!

On World AIDS Day (1st December) Dr. Fiona Lyons of the GUIDE Clinic, St. James Hospital reminded her audience in the Mansion House Dublin of the importance of HIV testing.

We now have wonderful medicines to treat HIV. But up to 1 in 3 people living with the virus in Ireland do not know their status as they have not yet tested.

Testing is free, confidential and available at a range of venues around Ireland. To find the nearest venue to you

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Everyone has a status – do you know yours?

 

 

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Advent Hope Service

We warmly invite you to join us for the Advent Hope service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin with Christian Aid and ACET.

Dr Rowan Williams

We are delighted to have Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Chair of Christian Aid UK, as special guest preacher for the service.

The service of worship, prayer, thanksgiving and reflection will be in the context of Choral Evensong led by the world famous Cathedral Choir.

Sunday 30 November 2014, 3:15pm

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

(By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of St Patrick’s Cathedral)

 November 30 is the first Sunday in Advent, and the day before World AIDS Day, December 1 2014, which is marked around the world.

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New Healthy Church Training Dates Announced

We are delighted to announce new dates for our Healthy Church Training. On Thursday 4th December (4pm-8pm) and Friday 5th December (9am-9pm), in the Lucan Centre, church leaders from a range of backgrounds will join the ACET team of facilitators to explore health issues within our faith communities with a particular focus on the challenges that migrants to Ireland face in relation to overcoming barriers to health.

In line with ACET’s ethos, the approach of the training is to explore the possibilities of raising a culture of listening in our faith communities rather than just passing on information or skills.  By focussing on areas such as HIV and mental health we seek to equip the leaders with all they need to bring about such change. In our last post-event evaluation 100% of participants agreed that the members of their church would benefit from their leaders’ attendance at the event.

We are grateful to a range of funders including MAC AIDS Fund, the Community Foundation for Ireland, PA Foundation and Dublin City Council for their support.

This training is part of a broader Project Hope which seeks to both train leaders of migrant-led and multi-cultural faith communities in Ireland and support those most marginalised by HIV within those communities.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say after our last training event:

“The emphasis on building a culture of empathetic listening was the best part. I really benefitted from the listening skills.”

“You are doing a great work. Please don’t relent in your efforts.”

“Brilliant!”

There are only 15 places available and we expect these to fill quickly. To register your place click below to Download the Healthy Church Flyer and Booking Form.

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Counting down to Christmas: Hampers!

We know it’s not yet Hallowe’en, but we’re counting down the days until we deliver our Christmas hampers!

Hampers are a great way to wind up the year, as staff take time for a care visit with each delivery, which is a perfect opportunity to talk about the difficulties facing people at this time: expectations for the Christmas period; budgeting; other challenges and anxieties. This reflects our values of placing a high importance on relationship.

Hampers are just one part of the individual care we offer to each of our clients, so it is especially fitting that we can provide a hamper that is specific to each family or individual. They typically include both the necessary basics and those extras that makes each one unique.

If you, or a group you represent, are interested in providing a hamper for a client family this year – or would just like to find out more – please contact the ACET office.  We can provide you with guidelines and some suggestions as to what to include. Hampers will need to be ready by the middle of December and we need both small ones, for individuals, and larger ones for families.

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Mourning those lost on Flight MH17

Please join us in praying for the families, friends and colleagues of all of those who died on flight MH17 in Ukraine. About a third of the passengers were delegates heading to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Among the dead are those who had contributed to Quality Action, an initiative seeking to improve the quality of HIV prevention in Europe.  Earlier this year ACET Ireland CEO, Richard Carson, attended the first European level training workshop of Quality Action in Dublin Castle.

Those of us working in the area of HIV & AIDS are all too familiar with loss and bereavement but there is something particularly devastating when so many individuals who have dedicated themselves to ending the pandemic have been taken so suddenly. They will be sorely missed as will their wisdom, commitment and expertise.

 

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Summer Project: On Your Mark!

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Thanks to City of Dublin Youth Services Board and Crosscare, we are happy to announce the launch of our summer project 2014! Catering to our clients aged 5-18, these recreational outings and in-house workshops will be times of establishing and strengthening relationships, having fun, enjoying our city, and learning some new games and skills. Along with family days, the project will also offer parents and children alike much-needed respite time.

During the summer we are also hoping to open up conversations with the youth clients about what supports they need and what they would like to see as part of our family and youth work . Rain or shine, we’re expecting good things!

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