Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) has received funding from Public Health England. It was funded as one of the successful winners selected from across England as part of the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund 2016-17
PHE has recognised that in order to effectively address the challenges of HIV within Christian communities, we need to speak in the language of faith.
The award enables CAPS to develop the previous film project “Love Tenderly Act Justly: Stories of HIV and Christianity” (LTAJ), premiered at our 2014 Conference at St. Martins in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, and shown to hundreds of people since then across the UK and Ireland.
LTAJ II will be a freely available online resource will offering advice and pastoral support for anyone concerned about or diagnosed with HIV, and tools for churches and schools to raise awareness of HIV and promote action locally, in a faith sensitive way.
Developed with material from interviews with Christians with HIV, theologians, church leaders and laity, the resource will be consist of short films / clips on variety of topics, and accompanied by learning guides.
The resource will inspire discussion in churches, support lesson plans in schools, inform WAD liturgies and Christian worship, motivate, empower and equip Christian communities to address issues of HIV in their communities, reference to wider help and support.
LTAJ II will be a resource to be used in the future to be shared with partners in the HIV sector which they can use engaging faith communities.
LTAJ II will stand the test of time by using scripture and theology, and is a clear example of MIPA in action: comes from PLWHIV.
The resource will be ready by November 2017.
Pilot workshops to ‘test’ the material and evaluate its potential impact will take place before then.