Spectra Covid-19 update

Spectra in North West London

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SPECTRA offers free sexual and mental wellbeing services to people in Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon.

LGBTQI+ Mindfulness Project

Mindfulness draws on the wisdom of thousands of years of meditative tradition and combines this with contemporary approaches from psychology and neuroscience to help you to foster a non-judgemental, compassionate relationship with yourself and others.
A qualified and experienced teacher will offer guidance and support to enable you to begin, or to develop, your mindfulness journey at two regular free monthly drop ins online, and face to face, on Mondays at 7PM. Online sessions are conducted via Zoom and will require internet access. Face-to-face sessions will take place at the Ealing Lido Centre, 63 Mattock Lane, W13 9LA.

Who is this for? – This service is open to all people who identify as LGBTQ+ and live, work, study or socialise in the North-western Boroughs of Hillingdon, Ealing, Harrow and Brent. Participants must be over the age of 16.

Who delivers the sessions? – Bex Freeman has a background in Health Education, was a Research Co-ordinator at the Royal College of Art and has also run nightclubs, and worked for social advocacy organisations. Since completing a post-graduate diploma in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University, Bex has facilitated a number of mindfulness courses for national charities, groups and individuals. Bex’s teaching is founded on a long-standing personal meditation practice that they feel passionate about sharing with other people. They are committed to upholding the highest standards in mindfulness teaching and adhere to the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers’ Good Practice Guidelines.

If you are interested, please register using the application Link below or email Project Lead Dale Mundell at dale@spectra-london.org.uk
To ensure a safe, secure and non-judgemental environment for our service users, unsuitable applications may be delayed or denied.

Under Spectra’s COVID safety policy, the number of spaces available to participants for face-to-face groups are limited to 15 and thus some applicants may be asked to wait for admission. Spectra adheres to stringent Health and Safety Protocol.

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Other Wellbeing Services

Instant HIV Testing Available for people aged 16

Knowing your HIV status is important. If you’re positive you can get early treatment which is highly effective and will keep you healthy. If you’re negative you can make sure you keep protecting yourself.

How to get a free HIV test

Free condoms and lube

Condoms are the cheapest and most effective way to protect yourself from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Where to get free condoms and lube

Sexual health counselling

Spectra also provide general sexual health counselling for LGBTQI+ residents from these boroughs. Email counselling@spectra-london.org.uk for more details of this service. Please note that the waiting time is around six months from the date a registration form is received.

More to come

We are also preparing targeted Chemsex and online chatting services. More information will be available soon.