Express STI Testing in Saunas – 5th of April
MESMAC and New Croft Sexual Health Services offer FREE Express STI testing clinics in the Newcastle area, testing for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and Hepatitis B & C. The clinics consist of 2 MESMAC workers and usually 1 New Croft worker. We aim to offer the service to customers but do not wish to be intrusive, we will never hassle you! The next clinic is at BASE Sauna on Wednesday 5th of April between 1-3pm followed by Number 52 Sauna on Wednesday 10th of May (1-5pm). MESMAC continue to offer 1 hour HIV testing by appointment Monday to Friday. If you would like more information on HIV testing or Express Clinics, please contact MESMAC on: 0191 233 1333.
Dr Katherine Gilmore is a Community Sexual and Reproductive Health registrar at the New Croft Centre for sexual health. She is collecting information from questionnaires in order to get a picture of the “chemsex” scene in the North East. The survey is very short and completely anonymous and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. This information will be used for audit purposes to try and help to improve local services and provide advice and support. Please help by answering as many questions as possible. If you require any further information please contact: Complete the questionnaire online at: https://surveys.phe.org.uk Enter the following Survey ID: chemsexNE For more information on Chemsex visit: Terrence Higgins Trust and Chemsex support
Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service
Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) is a new service for victims of domestic abuse. NIDAS provides emergency accommodation for up to 14 families, IDVA service and outreach support. There are also domestic abuse independent living workers for the new outreach service. To make a referral to NIDAS you can contact the helpline on: 0191 214 6501, Email or visit the website: www.newcastleidas.co.uk and complete an online referral form.
If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender tenant of Your Homes Newcastle they have an online group where you can have your say on their services. When consulting customers they will contact you by email to ask you for your views. The group also suggests issues and services they would like to give their views on. Your personal details are kept confidential and not given to anyone else. If you are interested in being part of the group contact email: Website: www.yhn.org.uk
Runaway Helpline LGBT
3 in 10 LGBT+ young people will consider running away at some point and young LGBT+ people are three times more likely to run away from home. Runaway Helpline, which is a service run by Missing People, is a free, 24-hour helpline service for young people and they want to reach out more to help LGBT+ people who have run away or are thinking of running away. Runaway Helpline staff and volunteers give specialised support through their helpline to missing children and adults as well as providing practical and emotional support for friends and family who have a loved one missing and are desperately waiting for news. The free, confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day by phone, text and email. Call or text 116000 or email . Website: www.runawayhelpline.org.uk
Rainbow Home LGBT Asylum Seekers Group
Rainbow Home is an LGBT Asylum Seekers Group run jointly by MESMAC North East and Northern Lights MCC (Metropolitan Community Church). The group is a lunchtime social and support group for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who are seeking asylum in the UK or who have not yet settled here. The group runs the 3rd Friday of the month. The group offers a safe space, integration, motivation, friendship, belonging, confidence, inspiration, a place to feel at home, a space for family and free vegetarian food. If you want to come along to the group please contact MESMAC on: 0191 2331333 or email to talk first.
Speak To A Police LGBT Liaison Officer At MESMAC
Would you like to speak to a police officer in private about anything that is bothering you? Northumbria Police in partnership with MESMAC North East are offering this service on regular dates. The officer will be in a private room and will be available to anyone who wants to talk to him about things that have happened to them, things that they’ve seen happening to others, current issues, past issues, things they’re worried about or anything else they may want to talk about. If this involves formal reporting for investigation purposes that’s fine, if its just concerns and service users don’t want the matter to be investigated that is also fine. It is a drop in so no appointment will be necessary though there may be a waiting time depending on how busy the service is. MESMAC North East also acts as a contact for the ARCH homophobic and transphobic hate crime reporting system where you can report incidents anonymously if you wish, or by giving full contact details if you want the matter followed up in some way. For more information on when you can speak to an officer call MESMAC 0191 233 1333 or email
Any gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and Black African men, 16 years and over can order an HIV sampling kit online and have it deliverd to their address in England. With the kit, a person can take a simple finger prick blood test and send it back to a laboratory for results and referral to local confidential clinical and support services should this be required, in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland the support service is MESMAC NE. The tests are provided by Test.HIV and can be ordered online from https://www.test.hiv/r/mesmacne More information can be found by visiting the link.
The ‘STAY drop in project’ aims to offer practical support, advice and signposting to individuals living with HIV and Aids. The monthly drop in sessions (last Tuesday of the month) will provide an opportunity to access 1 to 1 support and/or participate in a variety of talks. The sessions will offer opportunities for service users to access advice appropriate to their needs. They will work in partnership to deliver a range of sessions/talks concerned with independent living skills and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Support and advice covered includes benefit advice, housing applications, health and sexual health signposting, advice around managing a tenancy, employability skills, positive mental health and coping strategies etc. For more information and locations/times of sessions, please contact Vicky Allsopp, call: 07801400199 Email: