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TRANS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH NEW RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The new Trans Learning Partnership* (TLP) led by Spectra, are proud to announce grant funding from the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder.  This grant will fund the 18-month development phase of a larger programme, which will establish a platform to share and evaluate service level information, outcomes and good practice, […]

#WhoIsAlex

In October 2018 the City Bridge Trust, who have funded Spectra’s Trans counselling service for the past three years, informed us of a film-making scheme “Telling Your Stories” ran in partnership with Media Trust.  Offering ten charitable projects they supported, to have a short film made about their work by a professional filmmaker. Spectra had […]

“Gaia”

This iconic costume is one of the key items for a project funded by Wandsworth Oasis with Spectra to educate & inform MSM and Young People in Wandsworth, about HIV & STI prevention, plus increased Sexual Health Awareness. To continue the decline in HIV infection rates –  PHE recommends prevention message and reduction of high risk […]

#REDRUNLDN 2019

November 30 was the 10th Annual Red Run in Victoria Park, East London. Below is a gallery of the day’s events, including some of Team #Run4Spectra2019, some famous faces meeting Gaia at our stall and the general awesomeness of the day. Enjoy!

Gaia @ the W.H.O.

Our amazing creation Gaia, supported via a grant from Wandsworth Oasis, continues to create impact. A set of six photographs cataloguing Spectra Programme and Volunteering Manager Anthony Hunte’s transformation from himself into Gaia for London Pride 2019, was accepted for an exhibition at the 2019 European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Conference.   The series of […]

#SexualHealthManifesto

Join us in asking local candidates to pledge their support for action on HIV and sexual health. The general election is a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of HIV and the need to address sexual health inequalities. Please add your voice to our campaign. We have come a long way since the 1980s. While […]

Red Run 2019 – A Personal Journey

What a difference a year makes! In this picture the left image was taken on September 20th, 2018 and the right image, September 24th, 2019. Operations Manager at Spectra, and one of #Run4TeamSpectra2019 for this years’ World AIDS Day Red Runners on November 30, 2019 tells us about his experience of last year’s run and […]

SPECTRA URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO #FUNDSEXUALHEALTH

Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP Minister for Women and Equalities Sanctuary Buildings 16-20 Great Smith Street London SW1P 3BT 2nd September 2019 Urgent request to intervene: Funding for sexual health services Dear Minister, We are writing to you as sexual health and HIV organisations to express our concern at the current funding situation for sexual […]

Spectra @ Notting Hill Carnival 2019

What an amazing time Notting Hill Carnival 2019 joining in with the Flagzmasband presentation thanks to Gilead Sciences we showcased #Gaia in the parade. If you got any pictures of our costume, don’t forget to share pics from the weekend with us using the hashtag #Gaia4Life Below are a selection of pictures submitted from the […]

SPECTRA @ PRIDE 2019

Pride 2019 on July 6 was an amazing experience, as ever. With over 1.5 million people in attendance we felt the love and support, along with our peers, friends and colleagues that permeated central London and the Parade route. Here are just a few of the pictures on the day, with more to be added […]

The GMI Partnership: working to provide a unique pan-London sexual health service

Spectra’s HIV Prevention Co-ordinator for GMI, Gianluca Failla recently wrote an article for Italian website Gay News which has been translated below. Detailing the history of GMI and Gianluca’s role within the partnership. Link to the full article can be found here: http://www.gaynews.it/2019/06/26/gmi-partnership-come-fornire-un-servizio-unico-di-salute-sessuale-in-tutta-londra/ The GMI Partnership is a 10-year old partnership made up of three […]