Last Thursday, on the 1st December, Body & Soul hosted a World AIDS Day event in the amazing London’s Living Room space at City Hall. The event focussed on our groundbreaking Life in my Shoes campaign, aimed at increasing empathy and understanding amongst young people towards those in the capital who are living with HIV.
Despite the breathtaking views of the river below, the attention of all of our guests was focussed inside as they were able to walk in the shoes (and headphones) of a young person living with HIV, and tell us about a time when they felt different with a photo of their own shoes.
The event brought together people from within the HIV Sector, and from companies, trusts and the public sector who support the work of Body & Soul and are committed to giving people living with HIV in the UK a voice.
Our esteemed speakers included Pam Chesters, the Mayor’s Advisor for Health and Families, Richard Barnes, the statutory Deputy Mayor of London, Body & Soul’s very own patron Annie Lennox and Tudor Payne, the Creative Director of our Life in my Shoes Campaign. Guests also heard three of our members describing what life in their shoes was like as a young person living with HIV, as well as Pearl Mahaga, the face of the campaign.
The inspiring and moving stories of our speakers formed the perfect preamble to the first ever public screening of the trailer for the Life in my Shoes “Undefeated” film, which has been written and produced from start to finish in constant close collaboration with young people living with HIV.
Make sure you keep checking in to the Life in my Shoes blog to keep up with all the exciting adventures taking place next year.