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What do we need to do?

What do we need to do?

It is not a difficult or onerous process to apply for the Positive Allies Charter Mark. After you have gathered your supporting evidence and documentation, apply for the Positive Allies Charter Mark using the application form and provide available evidence to show how you have met each of the criteria.

It is not a difficult or onerous process to apply for the Positive Allies Charter Mark.

You simply need to:

  • Complete our HIV and AIDS Awareness virtual training (sessions running 11/7/22 (1-4pm), and 09/12/22 (9-12pm))
  • Adopt our supplied HIV staff/volunteer policy
  • Have a named Champion to get your organisation initially prepared.
  • Complete the application form for Positive Allies in order to start the process of making your organisation a safer place for people living with HIV to work or volunteer.

After you have gathered your supporting evidence and documentation, apply for the Positive Allies Charter Mark using the Positive Allies Application Form and simply attach the available evidence to show how you have met each of the criteria.

Your application will be assessed by a team of evaluators within one month and you will be notified of the result of your application shortly afterwards. If successful you will then receive the certificate, logo, banners and other material and resource.

In some cases, we may ask for additional attached evidence or for further information to support your application.


Criteria to gain the Positive Allies Charter Mark

  • Demonstrate that the organisation has an effective Champion within the workplace who can work as a point of contact for people living with HIV and to drive this award forward (this would be a named person in the organisation and this would be present in any literature in the organisation);
  • The organisation has a continuously reviewed policy that explicitly bars discrimination of someone living with HIV (this would be in your HIV staff and volunteer policy which we supply an example of that you can use and adopt, below);
  • The organisation has a bullying and harassment policy which clearly indicates zero tolerance around stigma of those living with HIV (this would be added to your existing policy);
  • Key members of the organisation complete our free HIV and AIDS Awareness training course to increase their knowledge and awareness of HIV stigma and HIV awareness. The course is delivered virtually 4 times per year. A ‘train the trainers’ event is also held once a year for organisations that wish to carry out the training themselves. Members of the Positive Allies Board may ask to sit in on training delivered in-house by organisations to ensure that the standards of training are being maintained. For further information on this, please contact Positive Allies.
  • The organisation demonstrates a clear commitment to build on the work they have already done and to strive for more (you show in your form that you are progressing in other ways to make your organisation HIV-friendly and inclusive. For example, running an event for World AIDS Day).
  • Demonstrate that the organisation takes active steps to support HIV charities and community groups (this could be through your staff or volunteers taking part in fundraising activities, volunteer support, partnership working, joint research projects and so on);
  • Demonstrate that the organisation has a visible presence of relevant HIV literature and awareness (there are clear posters, leaflets, a noticeboard for example, all present within the organisation – many of these can be sourced from HIV organisations such as Terrance Higgins Trust or the National AIDS Trust).
  • Provides an annual report to coincide with World AIDS Day on the activities they have engaged in to demonstrate their support for HIV+ employees. Positive Allies will collate these reports into a single document published on this website.