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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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Irish AIDS Day 2017

June 15th is Irish AIDS Day, an occasion when we reflect on the story of HIV in this country. Today many will be remembering loved ones and others will be processing the stigma they experience while living with HIV. It is also likely that there will be a new HIV diagnosis today. Every 18 hours another person in Ireland receives news of a HIV positive test.

So ask yourself, what can I do today?

If you do not know your HIV status, get tested. At www.hivservices.ie you will find a list of local testing centres most of which offer testing for free, all of which offer it confidentialy.

Challenge stigma. HIV related stigma is all around us and often is linked to other forms of stigma particularly as relates to racism, homophobia and class divides. A kind word, a warm embrace, a shared meal can all play a part in ending the marginalisation.

Support ACET and be part of the story of seeking to improve the lives of those living with and affected by HIV and playing our part in reducing the number of new cases of HIV in Ireland.

 

 

 

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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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World AIDS Day 2016

1st December is World AIDS Day and while our projects were ongoing with many, such as our Quilt Group, taking the opportunity to mark the occasion, ACET Ireland CEO Richard Carson was busy traversing Dublin at various functions and events.

First stop was the Mansion House on Dawson Street where the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brendan Carr greeted representatives from a wide range of agencies working locally and globally in response to the pandemic.

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Amos Ngugi of Acts of Compassion Projects and partner of ACET Ireland with the Lord Mayor of Dublin City, Cllr. Brendan Carr.

Next stop was Cental Park on the Green Luas Line where Salesforce played host to Richard for a conversation on HIV in Ireland and beyond. ACET has been a Salesforce user for almost a decade and we are looking forward to receiving some of their staff as volunteers as we upgrade our systems.

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Staff of Salesforce wearing Red for World AIDS Day

Finally it was over to Glasnevin for a beautiful interfaith memorial service hosted by the Dublin City University chaplains, including former ACET team member, Philip McKinley.

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Students, staff and chaplains of DCU at the memorial service.

You can also read more about World AIDS Day in Richard’s guest blog post for Vox Magazine and in the most recent edition of Metro Eireann.

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We have moved office!

New Address:

ACET Ireland

50 Lower Gardiner Street

Dublin 1

D01 VC03

ACET Ireland has moved office. We have left our home of the past decade in O’Connell Street and are now based just down the road  in The Exchange on Lower Gardiner Street.

We would like to thank our original landlords on O’Connell Street, Ballymore Properties, as well as the current owners, FAM Assets Limited, for their hospitality to us over the years.

Also, a big thank you to Serve The City for helping with the move.

We are looking forward to sharing the space at The Exchange with Jobcare and our kind hosts, Trinity Church Network. This is our administration office but it is in homes, hospital clinics, training rooms, churches, community cafés and elsewhere that you will witness our ongoing work of improving the health of those living with and affected by HIV.

 

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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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