SAAF UK SUPPORT SERVICES

SAAF offers a number of services to persons affected by HIV/AIDS living in the UK.

SAAF support services include helping clients find and register with a GP, visiting those sick in hospital and at home, organising and hosting social events, welfare support, interpretation and translation services, and signposting clients to appropriate services in the statutory and voluntary sector.

Hospital visits: Hospital visits are designed to give material and emotional support to patients. This may include providing ethnic food and organising prayers and hymns with patients.

Home visits: Home visits are designed to ensure patients are coping well in their own homes. This may include organising shopping, and helping with domestic chores such as cleaning and paying bills. SAAF volunteers also give emotional support and signposting clients to appropriate services.

Social events: SAAF holds social events at least four times a year following each general meeting. Social events are designed to offer social support to individuals within a cultural setting providing drinks, food, music and information in the various languages spoken within Southern Africa including Shona, Debele, Chinyanja, Zulu, Tswana……

Welfare support: SAAF offers welfare support to those community members affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. In the event of a crisis, SAAF offers grants to individuals and signposting to statutory welfare agencies and voluntary agencies including those dealing with immigration, housing and employment issues.