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World AIDS Day 2015

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ACET staff member Lynn Caldwell joined with the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, for the launch of the campaign at governement buildings.





This Tuesday, 1st December, is World AIDS Day.  ACET has joined with a broad range of agencies, including the HSE, to be part of the first National World AIDS Day campaign.

With 203 new HIV diagnoses for the first half of 2015, 1 in 4 people living with HIV unaware of their status having not tested and HIV stigma still a major challenge, this campaign is timely and important.

This Tuesday, wear a red ribbon, share the posters, learn more about HIV, challenge stigma and get tested.

Check out all the latest on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Details of your nearest testing centre are available at the newly launched HIV Services Ireland website: www.hivservices.ie




World AIDS Day



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Care work: Unearthing Joy

The care team have had a busy few months so far in 2015, continuing to meet with individuals and families in their homes, out and about in cafes and clinics, and working with emerging and ongoing challenges, as well as celebrating and acknowledging the positive moments. Our hope is to continue with our ongoing family care projects, as well as putting together respite activities for young people and individuals’, depending on funding and client needs.  This is always a huge focus of the summer months as there are more opportunities to come together, joining in on activities and continuing to build relationships.  We are receiving new referrals from various hospitals, which gives further opportunity to support and care for those living with and affected by HIV.

Upon some reflection, we see our care work a bit like preparing for the Irish weather – you never know exactly what it will bring, but you try to be prepared for whatever is coming!  You acknowledge the rainstorms and work through them, but rejoice when the sunshine is out and appreciate every moment of it.  Some days are chaotic, some are beautiful and many of them are mixed but it really does seem so much easier when you have someone you trust who shows up and stands with you throughout it all.  The care team aim to be the ones who show up in the midst of this, communicating to those we work with, “I hear you, I see you, and I’m here with you.” With the plans we have in place, we also want to acknowledge the space where God leads us to stand in the gap of hardship or isolation or hunger or sickness. We plan to help find goodness and beauty throughout hardships and disappointments, to unearth discarded joy and use it as a resource through those personal battles.  Alongside these ideals for clients, we continue to help source the practical and emotional ways that ACET’s collaborative relationship fits into their life stories.

We look forward to the summer and all of the adventures and opportunities for relationship-building that lie ahead – whether it’s practical resourcing for clients, long chats over cups of tea in an inner-city cafe, a DART journey with young people headed back from the beach singing One Direction songs, or sitting beside someone in an overcrowded hospital; we are blessed to be in it with them, and pray for goodness and joy to abound in it all.


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2014 in Numbers

We have just published our 2014 Annual Report and here are some of the numbers:

  • 501 adult care visits
  • 225 family care visits
  • one peer-reviewed paper published
  • 316 hours of training received by leaders of migrant-led and multi-ethnic churches
  • 265,980 porridge breakfasts for school children in Zimbabwe (Matilda Project)

The Piktochart below gives an overview of our education and training work.

For more details and stories from 2014, please read the full report which is linked below.

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Looking at care: 2014

2014 Annual Report A5

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Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising


We are delighted to announce that we have officially met the requirements for signing up to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising! The values we place in our work on relationship, mutuality, and transparency extend to our donors, funders and fundraisers as well: this formality recognises that. Please see our Fundraising Policy and Financial Accountability pages (under ‘Our Story’) for links to our accounts, donor charter, and feedback and complaints procedure. If  you are interested in doing some fundraising for us, please see our Conduct of Fundraisers page.

Meanwhile, with our board of directors, we are continuing on the ‘adoption journey’ for the Code of Governance.


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2015: Looking Forward

We closed out 2014 visiting with clients and client families and offering practical support in the form of Christmas hampers. What has been striking about the start of the New Year is the need for many people to talk, reflect and take the necessary time to refocus before moving forward in to 2015. It is at this critical moment ACET care staff spend time planning and discussing with clients how we can continue to support them with ongoing needs while also establishing new goals in areas including health, finances and family relationships. While we look forward to seeing what 2015 holds for our care work we recognise that it is these times of transition which often act as a reference point as challenges emerge in the months that follow. With this in mind our work will prioritise this time allowing it to frame care strategies as we wait to see how the year unfolds.

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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.”


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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