Our Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Date published: 1 January 2020

Sexual Health West is a charity which provides a safe and welcoming environment for everyone with whom it works. Our office is based in Galway.

Our Mission is to:

  • Deliver the highest quality care and support to people living with HIV, AIDS or STIs.
  • Empower those living with HIV to optimise their health and well being
  • Raise awareness around HIV, AIDS, and STI issues and work to eradicate stigma and discrimination
  • Promote positive sexual health without prejudice or discrimination.

Objectives

Deliver the highest quality care and support to people living with HIV AIDs or STIs

Support

  • To offer emotional/psychological support to people living with HIV AIDS or STIs according to their stated needs and to the ability of Sexual Health West to deliver those supports.
  • Support may be by telephone, email, or by face-to-face meetings with the coordinator.
  • Telephone Helpline support may be offered by other Sexual Health West staff.
  • Support groups or ‘buddying’ by similarly affected people may be offered.
  • Respite weekends may be offered to people living with HIV AIDs or STIs and their carers.
  • If deeper psychological support is needed the person may be referred to a psychotherapist.
  • Support may also be offered to a person who makes contact who is experiencing a sexual health crisis or problem.

Care

  • Offer practical assistance to people living with HIV AIDs or STIs e.g. in finding suitable accommodation or in obtaining social welfare benefits,
  • Provide complementary/holistic therapies for the physical/holistic wellbeing of the person affected.

To Empower Those Living With HIV To Optimise Their Health And Wellbeing

  • Workshops on different aspects of personal development facilitated by experienced practitioners will be offered from time-to-time to the HIV+ people who use the Sexual Health West Care and Support services.
  • Workshop topics will include areas such as :
    • Improving self-esteem
    • Fighting against stigma
  • Campaigning for the best possible support services and treatments

Raise Awareness

  • We will raise public awareness of HIV, AIDS, STIs and sexual health through awareness campaigns, provision of information material, use of different media, seminars, the publication of a newsletter and public events.
  • Provide a confidential Helpline Information Service on HIV, AIDS, STIs and sexual health matters.
  • Publish a quarterly newsletter “Happiness is vital”
  • Ongoing use of technology to provide information on HIV, AIDS, STIs and sexual health such as maintaining up to date information on our website www.sexualhealthwest.ie and App.
  • Draft and publish leaflets, posters, brochures and booklets on sexual health matters for information and distribution to health clinics, doctors surgeries, seminars, conferences etc.

Promote Positive Sexual Health

  • We will enhance sexual well-being by the provision of responsive and innovative training programmes to schools, community groups, youth organizations etc and work in conjunction with state agencies to provide these programmes where appropriate.
  • We will provide outreach programmes for at-risk groups i.e. gay community, asylum seekers, prisoners plus many others in the form of education, support, advice and provision of free condoms
  • We will provide outreach services to young people who are potentially at risk and who are not in contact with other services.
  • We will work with the Western Region Drugs & Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) to deliver holistic educational programmes which link sexual health with drug and alcohol abuse.

Best Practice

  • Participate in Research on sexual health, disease prevention and best care practice.
  • Participate in national/local meetings and networks/associations in order to develop and maintain models of practice.
  • Work with HSE and community groups in the development and delivery of “Train the Trainers” programmes to schools, community groups etc.