Lunch Positive is constituted as a charitable trust and is registered as a charity in England with the Charity Commission.
The organisation is managed by a board of trustees. Trustees meet regularly to oversee the running of the charity. Our trustee board is comprised of people who have a range of experience and expertise to undertake effective management of the organisation; and includes people who live with or are affected by HIV.
Gary worked for twelve years in commercial catering, human resources and regional management, and has subsequently volunteered for fifteen years in local HIV social care projects. He also sits as an Equalities Representative for the local volunteer influencing & infrastructure organisation – Community Works, and as a Community Liasion Volunteer for Pride in Brighton & Hove.
Gary founded Lunch Positive in 2008, and manages delivery of the lunch club.
“I was diagnosed HIV+ in 1992 and have experiened many of the challenges that living with HIV presents. Involvement within HIV community projects has demonstrated that there still remain huge challenges and health inequalities for many people who are HIV+ Being involved in Lunch Positive is an incredibly rewarding activity, especially as there are so many examples of the positives and changes which emerge when people spend time together and become supportive of one another. I have the highest respect for the volunteering movement as one which provides imense benefit for people who make use of community services, those who take part in volunteering and the wider community. Along with the business, management and leadership skills I have developed in paid employment and through volunteering I have spent many years underaking personal development focussed on the community & voluntary sector. My aims are to ensure we have a sustainable organisation which provides a successful community space for people with HIV, that is accepting and inclusive, and makes the very best of bringing people together”
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Steven was born and bred in Wednesbury in the West Midlands, and has a home in Brighton since 1999. Being a priest in the Church of England, he brings particular personal gifts and insights to his position as a trustee. Working for sometime outside of parish structures, mainly for 10 years as Gallery Supervisor at Tate Modern in London, he has experience of management and training of volunteers. Being chairman of school governors over the years he has been involved in the setting out of statutory and non-statutory policies, governance of trusts and finance. He has worked alongside those living with HIV, both personally and professionally for many years, and is able to bring to Lunch Positive a lively and trusted personality, with some unique skills.
Tim moved to Brighton in 1998 and has 28 year’s experience of supporting people with HIV. In addition to being a trustee for Lunch Positive he is a Benefits Adviser at Terrence Higgins Trust.
“I started volunteering in HIV in 1986. Many of my friends had already been diagnosed or had died from HIV. Volunteering was a way for me to cope with feeling so helpless as my friends became unwell and died. I then came to provide benefits advice because it was a practical way of helping the many people who lost their employment following the breakdown in their health. It was challenging work and continues to be so. With my own diagnosis in 1990 my work increased in personal importance to me and continuing in this work with a very limited life expectation gave me huge rewards. With the introduction of drug therapy for HIV my life expectations, if not my health, improved. My day to day work as an adviser convinces me of the continued need for specialist services. HIV continues to have huge challenges for people with HIV and remains a diagnosis uniquely isolating. The benefits of a service like Lunch Positive to meet others in an informal social environment, fosters peer support and combats social isolation. Sharing a regular healthy lunch benefits individuals physically and emotionally and Lunch Positive does so much more! I am very proud be part of the team and bring the experience and insight gained through three decades of involvement in supporting people with HIV.”
Contacting the Trustee Board
The Trustee Board can be contacted in writing to:
Trustee Board, Lunch Positive. Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
or by e mail to:
Charity Commission Information
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General meeting – Board met to discuss standing items, end of year finances and reserves review, 2014-15 budgets; and strategic planning.
Special meeting – Trustees met to formulate and sign off Trustees Annual Report and Independently Examined Accounts 2013-14
General meeting – Board met to discuss priorities and work until year end 2013-14 and strategic planning for 2014-15
General meetings – Board met to confirm appointment of new trustees and undertake induction
General meeting – Board met to discuss recruitment of new trustees
General Meeting – Board met to review 2012-13, discuss project development, longer term funding and recruitment of new trustees
Our 2011 – 12 Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts were published on the Charity Commission website
General Meeting – Board met to discuss general matters, strategic work for 2012 -14, and trustee recruitment
Special Meeting – Board met to appoint new trustees
Our 2010 – 11 Annual Return was published on the Charity Commission website