The Thrive Foundation: HIV As A Catalyst For Change

We all know the disastrous impact an HIV diagnosis can have on someone’s life. Many tales of isolation, addiction, destructiveness, anxiety and depression can be linked back to that fateful moment at the sexual health clinic. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, when people are given the understanding, tools, space and Read more >>

PrEP, STIs and kidney monitoring

PrEP, STIs and kidney monitoring   It’s really clear now that PrEP protects against HIV if it’s taken properly. Recently the number of new HIV infections has started to go down, particularly in London, and we think that PrEP has a lot to do with this. Unfortunately, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are going Read more >>

Chemsex court assessment tool, HMPPS

The Chemsex Court Assessment Tool On 25th September, 56 Dean Street was proud to co-host the official launch event for the chemsex court assessment tool, from HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation service). The tool is designed to support all disciplines working with and within the criminal justice system to be better informed about chemsex Read more >>

The Ducks

A short story by Ian Hembury, an attendee of our creative writing group LGBT’s the Word. The Ducks   Standing together at the edge, looking down at mucky lifeless water, Alan groaned and thrust his fists into his pockets.  “The ducks was everything,” he said.    He stared. “The ducks was our work, our friends, Read more >>

Encountering the Intolerable – A View from Groupwork

  Our instinctive response to the intolerable is to turn away.  And so we structure our lives in ways that help us evade those aspects that we would rather not face – whether with: apparently trivial strategies (eg. distracting ourselves on social media, reading, watching tv, going to the gym, etc); or more problematic strategies Read more >>

PRIME MEETS: TAKE A BREAK WORKSHOP AND KINDNESS CABARET

Come along to the Take a Break Workshop to find out what a short break from sex can mean for your health and wellbeing, watch the video below for more information and RSVP to HA.56deanstreet@chelwest.nhs.uk if you would like to attend. Venue: 56 Dean Street Time: 6-7.30pm Date: Friday 17 March You’re invited to Ku Read more >>

Calling All Queer Warriors

//Robert Holtom\\ Last summer I spent a week in the Welsh countryside. I slept in a big yurt and under a tarp, I did some fasting and I met a bunch of great people. The landscape was beautiful – we were staying in a re-wilding valley, meaning that nature was slowly reclaiming the space that Read more >>

Dean Street Wellbeing programme events for March

EVENTS THIS MONTH INCLUDE:- – Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs – Prime Take-A-Break workshop – The friday Night Kindness Cabaret – A Queer history; a pan-generational perspective, at 20th Century Fox – Sextroverts queer comedy – The ChemSex Monologues – (Details of our usual walk-in support services.) ******* Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Read more >>

Let’s Talk About PrEP

//Michael Mancinelli\\ “Taking PrEP is an important method many gay men are using to reduce their chances of getting HIV”. Or, “Taking PrEP means you’re risky with sex and can’t bother to use a condom”. Working at 56 Dean Street, we hear both points of view, and many others, when it comes to guys taking Read more >>

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