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Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) Programme

Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) is a new programme we are launching in May in Soho. Spectra’s mental health lead Ben Hoff, and outreach worker Bex Freeman who are developing and co-facilitating the programme, were interviewed by Boyz Magazine, to give more background to our new service… Hi Ben & Bex, so what’s Mindfulness Based […]

Merton Sexual Health Strategy Consultation

Sexual Health Strategy Consultation The London Borough of Merton (LBM) and Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS, CCG), working alongside NHS England, are responsible for commissioning sexual health services across Merton. To inform the planning and development of these services the CCG, in partnership with the council are developing a joint 5 year sexual health strategy […]

National Lottery Community Fund Grant Awarded to Spectra

Empowerment and Support – for people of trans experience. Acceptance and validation are extremely important in any individual’s life.  This can be particularly relevant for people of trans experience who have made or are often making life-changing decisions within a society which barely understands or accepts trans people or the problems they face. Spectra’s new […]


February 2019 is LGBT History Month, and some of the team at Spectra have shared here, some of their personal memories in history. From events, to people and iconic places in between. First up is our Operations Manager John, and his memory of the AIDS: Don’t Die of Ignorance Campaign from the mid-1980s. A teenager […]


TRANS PREP EVENING – FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2019 A free evening of discussions, talks and information on many aspects of PrEP for people of Trans experience. HOSTED BY: SPECTRA TRANS SERVICES VENUE:  St. Anne’s Church, 55 Dean St, London W1D 6DR REGISTER @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spectra-trans-prep-event-tickets-44790137507 For more information, email:  trans@spectra-london.org.uk Message from Spectra CEO, Karen Skipper: ‘Spectra is delighted to be hosting this important evening for trans, non-binary and genderqueer people to come together in a friendly, informal setting to talk about PrEP.  Trans people […]

Red Run 2018 – Team #run4spectra2018

Ways to Donate and Support SPECTRA

There are many ways you can donate to Spectra, and some of those methods, won’t cost you anything as well, as you can do it while you shops and the big high street retailers donate a % of the price of your items purchased. Here are details on the ways you can help: AMAZON SMILE […]


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 […]


Our Chair Andy Stovold, appeared on Sky News Sunrise Breakfast show on #WorldAIDSDay2018, along with Roland Chesters, author of Ripples From The Edge of Life, to talk about discrimination faced by people because of their #HIV status. The full segment is here:          


WORLD AIDS DAY RED RUN LONDON 2018 – 1 DECEMBER 2018, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON It’s time to #runforspectra2018 This years Red Run, which falls on Dec 1st, World AIDS Day, is the 30th anniversary of the Red Ribbon. We had a great turnout last year, and raised nearly £3000. Would be great to beat that […]