Hep C Positive has developed a comprehensive support programme concerning all practical and emotional aspects of managing and coping with the effects of the Hep C virus.
This programme is aimed primarily at patients but we have also found it to be a great help to concerned others including partners, carers, friends, family and health & social care professionals.
We would be very happy to bring this programme to you and your area.
The flagship for the Hep C Positive project is the Swindon Support Group. The support group has been running since October 2011 and has proved to be one of the most consistent and reliable groups of its kind in the UK.
Run by an enthusiastic and dedicated nucleus of patients and volunteers, it continues to go from strength to strength. At the time of writing (summer 2014) the group has been visited by over 180 people. If every current group member attended at the same time, we would have approximately 25 people visiting us each week. As it is the group’s average attendance is between 10 and 12 people every week. This is without doubt the most important aspect of our support work. We find that anyone concerned with this issue, that regularly visits the group, is definitely able to cope better. It’s the love, the grace, the dedication and the IDENTIFICATION which helps us. We experience laughter, tears and anger together but as in any strong group of people, the feelings are absorbed and disseminated amongst us and we all go home every week feeling a little less burdened.
We meet weekly because the generally consensus amongst us was that people needed to know the group was being held every week. This consistency and reliability has again proved most valuable.