Course activities for people living with HIV

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Page last reviewed 27.4.2022

Who are the courses designed for?

Hivpoint provides courses for people living with HIV and their families. Family and couples courses are open for family members as well.

Course content

We aim to support life management and the ability to function, to find resources and to get peer support from other people living with HIV. Courses serve both people who have recently learned about their infection as well as people who have been living with HIV for a longer time. The courses involve professionally guided work, lectures and leisure time. The courses are organised primarily in the Helsinki metropolitan area and last for 2–3 days. Dates, detailed course programmes and application form are found below.

Costs

The courses are free of charge for our clients. Hivpoint offers group transport free of charge from Helsinki. Participants only have to pay their own travel expenses to and from Helsinki city center.

Once you have confirmed your participation and been approved for the course, the enrollment is binding. If you cancel your participation without a valid reason, you will be charged for all possible costs that result from the cancelling.

Feedback from previous courses

Participants of previous courses report having found new strength in their everyday life and increased trust in the future.

”I got so much new information about HIV-treatment and a lot of help and advice from the workers. I felt safe and they were kind and caring.”

Course participant

” During the course I got peer support and it made me realize that I’m not alone with my situation. I was able to share my thoughts for the first time in my life. Listening to the experiences from various people gave me tips to organize my everyday life.”

Course participant

Discussing with professionals and peers and sharing experiences help in seeing and processing one’s own life situation in a new way. Meeting peers in a safe and confidential environment has been a particularly valuable experience for many, and many new friendships have formed during the courses.

Courses in 2022

Multicultural women´s course 20-22 May 2022

  • The course is targeted at women living with HIV with an immigrant background and their children. The course provides opportunities for peer support as well as recreation and relaxation. The topics covered in the course are related to health and well-being, both physically and mentally. The content of the course consists of group discussions and empowering functional methods and lectures. A babysitter has been arranged for the children for the duration of the program.

Application time for the course: until May 8th 2022

If you want to participate, please fill out the form online.

Multicultural family course: 26-28 August 2022

  • The aim of multicultural family courses is to offer migrants and refugees living with HIV and their families the opportunity to professional support as well as peer support. We will have guided group discussions, spend time together and the course as a whole is meant to be empowering for the families.
  • The topics covered in the course are related to the daily life of a family with children.
  • There is a separate program for children during the adult program. We will have nannies available to entertain and take care of the children.

Multicultural family course: 16-18 September 2022

  • The aim of multicultural family courses is to offer migrants and refugees living with HIV and their families the opportunity to professional support as well as peer support. We will have guided group discussions, spend time together and the course as a whole is meant to be empowering for the families.
  • The topics covered in the course are related to the daily life of a family with children.
  • There is a separate program for children during the adult program. We will have nannies available to entertain and take care of the children.

Well-being course 23-25 September 2022

  • The aim of the course is to offer people living with HIV the means to promote and maintain their own health and well-being, both mentally and physically. The course offers the opportunity for both peer support and professional support. There are expert lectures, guided group discussions, peer support and physical activities in the course. All HIV-positive people can apply for the course.

Course for young people 18-20 November 2022

  • The group for children and youth is open for all the HIV-positive children and young people living in Finland. Group meetings are planned together with the participants considering the needs, age, developmental phase and expectations of the children and youth. The group meetings and camps are free of charge and include full board. Courses provide both peer support and support from the professional workers. In addition to that children and youth can enjoy themselves and have a great time. There are various types of working in the course: group discussions, functional methods, lectures from specialists and physical activities.

Or, you can contact the specialist: people living with HIV


Batulo Essak, batulo.essak(at)hivpoint.fi, tel +358 40 778 9861