What is the Positive Allies Charter Mark?
The Positive Allies Charter Mark is a brand new charter mark to show that your organisation is HIV friendly. It is a free, powerful, easy to follow process to help everyone in an organisation focus on the quality of staff training, recruitment and protections they offer to people living with HIV. It helps to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to ensuring that people living with HIV, as either staff or volunteers, are safe and that key staff undertake training, review policies and consider organisational practices and resources.
How does this work?
Achieving the Positive Allies Charter Mark at either Level One or Level Two enables your organisation to clearly show that it has taken steps to improve your organisational ethos, and importantly, to remove barriers for potential employees and volunteers and for people living with HIV within your organisation. This can be achieved through filling in a brief annual progress report and giving key staff members free online ‘HIV Awareness’ training, which is offered as part of the charter mark.
“Whilst the Equalities Act (2010) added further protections to those living with HIV, many employers are unaware that HIV is included within this legislation.”
What is the benefit to your organisation?
By displaying the Positive Allies Charter Mark, you will send a clear message to potential employees and volunteers, as well as people living with HIV, that they are included, valued, supported, and will be treated fairly. You will also make it clear to other organisations and your service users, customers or clients that equality and diversity is at the heart of your organisation as you will reassure people that your organisation is a safe and supportive place.
Upon gaining Positive Allies, you will receive a certificate for your organisation, free online training, use of our logo in your marketing, social media or website and an example HIV Staff/Volunteer Policy for your organisation to amend as you wish. Positive Allies has been validated and is maintained by the University of Sunderland, in partnership with the organisation Live HIV Neutral, a UK-wide activist network committed to tackling HIV-related stigma.
“One fifth [of people living with HIV in the UK] had worried about being stigmatised, had avoided encounters or had experienced discriminatory treatment in the last twelve months. Many felt this was mainly due to their HIV status” (People Living with HIV Stigma Survey UK, 2015).
Interested in making your organisation a fairer place for people living with HIV through gaining the Positive Allies Charter Mark? Download an initial interest form or contact us using the form on this page.