At Teen Spirit we appreciate our health and wellbeing. Although it may not always feel this way, even if you are living with HIV you still have the power in your own hands to manage life positively.
At Teen Spirit we work hard to equip our members with the skills and knowledge to stay healthy, aim high and achieve.
Here are some ways we do this:
A key goal of the Teen Spirit programme is to help you better understand HIV in a way that is supportive and safe.
Because there are so many different activities, that you can attend individually or as a group, Teen Spirit members choose how they want to learn and we encourage you to move at your own pace. There is always someone to talk to privately if you need to.
Teen Spirit members have access to cooking and nutrition courses, which help build valuable life skills that enable you to eat well on a tight budget and cook simple, healthy recipes.
With many Teen Spirit members living independently, these opportunities are essential to make sure you can take care of yourself.
Every time you come to Teen Spirit, we’ll make sure you have a hot, healthy home-cooked meal and enough time to sit down and enjoy it. If you’re travelling from outside London we’ll make sure you have something for the journey home too!
Keeping active through exercise is a great way to keep healthy. Teen Spirit members have opportunities for physical exercise through one-off workshops and courses in dance, boxercise and martial arts.
Physical fitness can have a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves and our bodies, which can help manage HIV.
Sometimes when all of life’s pressures mount up, we can feel angry or stressed. Teen Spirit provides opportunities for members to work through these feelings through counselling, therapies, or just by providing a place where you can find the right person to talk to.
It is also a place where you can learn strategies on how to deal positively with anger and stress.
Having the confidence to face the big challenges in life can feel easier when you know your rights. Sometimes HIV can make you feel unsure of where you stand, but we have trusted professionals with the expertise to answer your concerns or questions.
Members of Teen Spirit have developed a charter of rights for young people living with HIV, which you can see on the next slide.
At Teen Spirit there is a chance to learn life skills like food shopping and preparation, managing your finances and other practical skills that will help as you become more independent.
Members of Teen Spirit often share their experiences of what it is like to live independently, what was challenging and what was exciting, this can help you get a realistic picture of what it will be like.