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Peer Support Groups

Peer Support Groups provide an opportunity for service users to come together to share experiences and to give support, understanding and friendship to one another in a safe and comfortable environment. The groups are run by services users for service users of The Eddystone Trust.

A member of staff is available at each session to provide support and information.

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(Images taken from client conference event 2011: representing HIV positive peoples views of being HIV positive)

Guest speakers are arranged to speak about specific issues these include General Practitioners (GPs), Health Advisors, Pharmacists, and Money Management with Citizens Advice.


The Gateway Group is a long standing peer support group that meets in Exeter on the third Monday of every month between 1.30pm and 4pm.The group is attended by people living with HIV from across the South West.

Everyone is welcome and snacks are provided.

‘The Gateway Group is a good escape and is good fun. We chat, laugh and eat. Each time is different, sometimes we see a film and sometimes cry with laughter and other times we play cards or scrabble or have a BBQ outside. Although I’m feeling knackered and have no energy it’s really worthwhile coming to Gateway because I feel like there are other people around who understand what I’m going through. You get to meet people from different countries and cultures. Sometimes we talk about being positive and other times it never gets mentioned all night. I got fed up of looking at websites which had conflicting information about the virus but now I go to Gateway I check things out with other people and I really look forward to it. It’s a good social night and I wish it was on more. We’d like to get more people to come along too so please come along and give it a go’.

Dates for the next meetings are:

  • 18th November 2013
  • 16th December 2013
  • 20th January 2014
  • 17th February 2014
  • 17th March 2014
  • 21st April 2014

Contact Maria Cox if you are interested in joining us….

Maria Cox, Devon Client Support Worker can be contacted on: maria@eddystone.org.uk or call the office on 0800 328 3508 / 01752 254406

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P.E.G.S. (Positive Empathy Group)

PEGS (Positive Empathy Group Somerset) have been meeting monthly for a number of years in Taunton. People mainly attend PEGS from the Yeovil, Glastonbury and Taunton areas.

We are an expanding group, new faces appearing at each one of the last four get-togethers, and as well as sharing the highs and lows of living with the virus, we have had various quests with professional involvement in HIV come to speak with us. In recent months these have included a G.P, two different people from the National AIDS Trust in London and a complementary therapist. More guests are planned but not for each month; the main emphasis being on mutual support in safe surroundings, with food!

The 2013 dates are:

  • November 16th
  • December 21st

Contact Annie Parker if you are interested in joining us….

Annie Parker, Somerset Client Support worker can be contacted on: anne@eddystone.org.uk or call 0800 3283508 /  01752 254406

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The Castle Group (North Devon Peer Support Group) meets every other month on a Friday evening between 6pm to 9pm. This group provides and opportunity for people to meet in a comfortable, relaxed and confidential space. Please bring snacks to share.

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“We have open forum discussions in a relaxed, unpressured atmosphere. We also have lots of fun and laughter. Everyone is welcomed and made to feel at home, and many friendships have been forged already. We would love you to join us…..”

Contact Annie Parker if you are interested in joining us….

Annie Parker, Somerset Client Support worker can be contacted on: anne@eddystone.org.uk  07587 638 811 or 0800 3283508 / 01752 254406

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Plymouth Peer Support

The Plymouth Peer Support Group meet in Plymouth every fourth Tuesday of the month between 4pm and 6pm.The group is attended by people living with HIV from across Plymouth but is open to all people who are registered with The Eddystone Trust.  Refreshments are provided.

Dates for the next six months are:

  •   26th November 2013
  •   December – no meeting, group social. Please get in touch with Maureen for details
  •   28th January 2014 – Not taking place due to a whole client day event
  •   25th February 2014
  •   25th March 2014
  •   25th April 2014


Contact Maureen Bromage for further information maureen@eddystone.org.uk or call 0800 3283508 or 01752 254406

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