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Happy Christmas!

Thank you all for your interest and support throughout 2017. We are looking forward to 2018 with hope.

We wish all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas,

the ACET team:

Richard, Terrie, Vivienne, Olivia, Hansi and Lynn

Our office is closed until 8 January 2018.

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World AIDS Day 2017 in Dublin

ACET staff marked World AIDS Day in three counties:

Richard Carson, ACET CEO, was a guest at an evening reception in Áras an Uachtaráin for HIV Ireland, at the invitation of President Michael D Higgins “to mark World AIDS Day, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of HIV Ireland, and to pay tribute to people and organisations working to prevent the spread of AIDS and assisting people living with HIV.”

ACET founder and quilt group coordinator Terrie Colman-Black and Olivia Corbett, care worker, were part of an Intergenerational Plenary at NUI Maynooth, where the Media Studies Department hosted “AIDS and Irish Media: Intergenerational Dialogues“.

Hansi Chisnall travelled to Galway for a conference, HIV and Ageing, hosted by AIDS West.

 

 

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Friends Remembering Friends

You are invited to join us in St Andrew’s Resource Centre on 30 November to remember friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, and community members who have passed away.

With songs, inspirational readings, and reciting of names, Friends Remembering Friends gives a space to reflect on those we love who are no longer with us.

Hosted by ACET board member Tony MacCarthaigh and the quilt group, who will unveil their most recent work, the event is both memorial and celebratory, as together we look to the life that is around us.

Thursday, 30 November, 12 noon, St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Rialto, Dublin 8

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Annual Report and Audited Accounts 2016

ACET’s 2016 Audited Accounts and Annual Report  are available on our website.

As CEO Richard Carson points out “the emergence of new fruit” is an appropriate image to describe our work throughout 2016. New Partnerships, impactful Care work and the development of our Migrant Led Church project all form part of the story as well as the blessing which Matilda Project continues to be to communities in Zimbabwe.

Through grants, trusts and individual donations our 2016 income reached its highest ever level and this enabled delivery of more services inputting to the lives of those we support and work with. Thank you for all the valuable contributions of support through time, money or prayer.

We look forward to seeing how ACET continues to touch, empower & improve lives  throughout 2017.

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New Parent/Teen Communication Course Dates in Dundalk

“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 13th May: 9:45am – 3:30pm

Saturday 27th May: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Attendance is required for both days.

Venue: RCCG – Miralceland, Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

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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Spaces Matter – On the Threshold

Have you checked out our series of pictures?
ACET’s Liminal Space Project is an attempt to tell something of the story of our work. A liminal space is somewhere that exists at the point between two realities. The old may have passed but the new has not yet come. The threshold between despair and hope, between darkness and light has been an ongoing home for our projects and a place where we have encountered beauty, meaning and miracles. These projects find their origins in a virus that changed the world but now also find definition in the many fault lines of societal injustice exposed by HIV. Through photographs and videos we will show you the liminal spaces of homes, streets, people and issues that have come about over our 25 years in existence and are made real by the work of our staff and volunteers every day. New images will be added on a regular basis and we hope these glimpses will inform, encourage and inspire you. Why don’t you take a look at https://www.instagram.com/acetireland/?hl=en

 

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ACET adopts the Governance Code

As of the 24th May 2016 we’re delighted to say that ACET has adopted The Governance Code – a strong measure of how well a charity is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means an organisation has policies and procedures in place that will make sure the organisation runs effectively and transparently.
We, the Board of ACET commit to:
Principle 1. Leading our organisation. We do this by:
  • Agreeing our vision, purpose and values and making sure that they remain relevant;
  • Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan to make sure that our organisation achieves its stated purpose.
  • Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.
Principle 2. Exercising control over our organisation. We do this by:
  • Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Making sure that there are appropriate internal financial and management controls;
  • Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.
Principle 3. Being transparent and accountable. We do this by:
  • Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure that there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation;
  • Responding to stakeholders’ questions or views about the work of our organisation and how we run it;.
  • Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.
Principle 4. Working effectively. We do this by:
  • Making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their: role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making.
  • Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective.
  • Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes in place.
Principle 5. Behaving with integrity. We do this by:
  • Being honest, fair and independent;
  • Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties;
  • Protecting and promoting our organisation’s reputation.
  • We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.
Prof. Sam McConkey
Chairperson of Board
RIchard Phillips
Secretary of the Board
We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

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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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Drinking from the same cup

In 2012 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary. For the occasion we put together something very special. Drinking from the Same Cup is a collection of 20 stories from 20 people who have been part of the ACET Ireland journey. Clients, volunteers, trainees, staff, founders and more all contributed to this beautiful book.  If you would like a free copy of the book please get in touch with us, leaving your postal address, through the Contact page and we will send you one.
An excerpt from the book where the staff team explain the choice of title:

“To accurately sum up the highs and lows of this journey, and try to explain in simple terms what exactly it has looked like, we turned to one phrase from one particular story – “Drinking from the Same Cup.” Though used originally in one individual’s story to convey the burden of fear, stigma and discrimination around sharing or using the same cup as someone living with HIV, the phrase also wonderfully sums up ACET’s journeying in life with those affected by HIV and those we want to educate about HIV-related issues. As an organisation we were established as a response to a barrier of fear that we wanted to break down – to go where others wouldn’t, to talk about what others shied away from. Today, we continue to put this at the heart of what we do, seeking to respond to challenging issues by sharing in them alongside others.

“Drinking from the Same Cup,” speaks about not only the sharing in one another’s challenges but also to the reality that we all have much to learn from each other. More so, it speaks of a simple action that can be taken which overcomes fears and presumptions and says in essence, “we are the same.” “

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