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KPS TREBULLOM CLOSES
KPS Trebullom Closure
Kernow Positive Support (KPS) Sadly, Kernow Positive Support announces the closure of our National Residential Retreat, Respite, Education and Training Centre on 30th September 2016. KPS Trebullom also supplied a temporary accommodation solution for those within the Southwest peninsula with housing related needs KPS Trebullom was the first facility of its kind in the UK. Through our work with people with HIV we had recognised a need, not only for people to have the opportunity to come to terms with this debilitating illness by attending a respite and retreat centre, there was and still is a need to improve HIV awareness through training opportunities to the public and professionals alike, we were proud to give over 2,000 individuals respite and retreat, providing over 25 individuals with short and long-term emergency accommodation during the five and a half years Trebullom operated. Also, we were able to give a vast array of the members of the public, professionals and other individuals access to HIV Awareness Training as well as maintaining our HIV Awareness to schools and colleges throughout the county.
The three year development project KPS Trebullom was opened on 18th April 2011, after receiving a government grant to provide this facility. However, after the change of government, and shortly after opening the project, funding was cut by local councils who had previously provided those living with HIV respite and retreat opportunities. With the continuing austerity measures imposed by the government to the voluntary and statutory sector, funding resources became extremely challenging. In part, due to the changing needs of people living with HIV, and priority given to medication advancements and prevention. As people were living longer with medical advances, there was a general feeling that respite was an unnecessary luxury in times of limited funding and the ongoing cut-backs.
Naturally, KPS was extremely worried regarding the sustainability of KPS Trebullom. The cut-backs had an impact on KPS Trebullom's first year of operation. However, 2012 saw KPS winning a three year grant from the Big Lottery; to provide, workshops, retreat and training (Enabling Futures), this grant was able to help maintain our stability, and gave the project a well needed boost of confidence, that would give momentum and help to sustain the project beyond its original three year development. Although, we were able to sustain the facility 18 months beyond the 'Enabling Futures' project, the continuation of government cut-backs and additional limited funding for respite through charitable trusts and other HIV Support charities, month by month sustainability was becoming more difficult. Since the foundation of KPS Trebullom the KPS Trustees, staff and volunteers have attempted to obtain additional funding, and looked at every other avenue to continue the project, but sadly to no avail. For further details and a 'Press Release' will be made available shortly.
Charities that have provided specialised respite had always proven to provide a slightly cheaper alternative to the statutory health care system, by the very nature of utilising volunteers and keeping paid-staff to an absolute minimum, yet providing a service with professionalism, empathy and an understanding of the important issues concerning HIV. To this end, KPS attempted to compliment services already available at a cost-effective level that was and still remains unavailable within the UK.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is a care arrangement that is different from the day-to-day situation. Respite care can mean a change in either the care setting or the people who provide care services. Respite gives a break, both to the person receiving care and person(s) providing support, in the home or community care setting. The social services, social work departments, health care service providers, or family and friends can arrange respite care. Either the person providing or receiving care may be able to go to another place. The person receiving care may find it stimulating to go somewhere else. On the other hand, the person providing care may enjoy staying in another place.
Respite can take place for a number of weeks, a weekend, or at night-times. Arrangements vary according to personal needs and local policy. This form of care may be provided either in, a local care home or in another county. Respite care can be used so that people can enjoy being with others' in a similar situation. Respite can also give someone a totally different environment and landscape from home. The social services department or health care provider may pay for all or some of the Respite Care costs.
Alternatively, you may need to pay some or all of the costs. This break is a benefit to all people involved in the care environment. Consider the needs and wishes of everyone when making arrangements. Carers and people receiving care can receive vouchers for short term' respite breaks. Local authorities can provide vouchers. Respite vouchers provide more freedom to choose when and where to take a break. Tell the care manager a couple of months before respite is needed. This is especially important when respite is planned to last longer than a week.
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KPS Women's Group meetings
KPS can arrange regular monthly 'Women's Support Meetings' for all women affect/infected by HIV in Cornwall. This new exciting initiative gives those who are affected by HIV an opportunity to meet one another in a confidential and safe environment and is facilitated by a KPS registered counsellor. If you would like further information on forthcoming meetings please contact the KPS Advice Clinic at the The Hub in Truro on 01872 258453 during normal office hours. People who registered with the G.U.M Clinics in Truro and Derriford, can also obtain full details about these meetings by contacting the clinic health advisors. So, if you would like to come along, get in touch...
KPS Peer Support meetings
KPS can arrange regular monthly 'Peer Support Meeting' for all those living with HIV in Cornwall. This initiative gives those who are HIV-positive an opportunity to meet one another in a confidential and safe environment. Our meetings are held at various locations in Cornwall (please ask for details) where coffe/tea and refreshments are available. If you would like further information on forthcoming meetings please contact the KPS Help line on 01208 264866 and/or via our Truro office on 01872 258454 or alternatively, KPS Trebullom on 01566 86378. People who registered with the G.U.M Clinics in Truro and Derriford, can also obtain full details about these meetings by contacting the clinic health advisors. So, if you would like to come along, get in touch...
KPS has also booked the following dates for further Peer Support Meetings:
Check with the KPS Office on 01872 258453.
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KPS Drop-in Advice Clinics
KPS has revised our regular Drop-in Advice and Support Clinic (by refferral and/or appointment) for those affected/infected every Tuesday and Friday from 9.30am - 1pm at the KPS Office (Piran Room) . The clinic is held in the new Sexual Health Centre (The Hub) and the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Please call 01872 258453 or 01566 86378 for further details.
If you would like further information this new and exciting initiative from KPS please contact the KPS Help line on 01208 264866. People who registered with the G.U.M Clinics in Truro and Derriford, can also obtain full details about our new Support and Advice Service by contacting the clinic health advisors and/or your HIV specialist Link Social Worker. So, if you would like to come along, get in touch...
KPS Office (The Piran Room, The Hub, Royall Cornwall Hospital) - By Appointment Tuesdays/Fridays 9.30am - 1pm (during HIV clinics). Further appointments can be arranged at other times during the week (9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday)