About us

Plushealth was set up by Chris Williams in the early part of 2018 to address an unmet need to support people living with HIV regardless of where they lived in the UK. The solution was to work entirely online, an area Chris had several years of previous experience to draw upon.

Our website went live in July 2018 and marked the formal launch of Plushealth as a community project supporting people living with or affected by HIV. Chris chose 19th July 2018 for the launch of this new service as it marked a decade since his HIV diagnosis in 2008. It was a milestone to be celebrated and an opportunity for him to deliver his vision of empowering others to seek the best treatment, care and support to enable them to live well with HIV and enjoy life!

In January 2020 Plushealth were given the opportunity to work in partnership with 2 other charities as part of the Fast-Track Cities programme for London. The aim of Fast-Track Cities is to get to zero new cases of HIV and ending HIV related stigma in the capital by 2030.

The Plushealth Steering Group was also established in January 2020, to oversee the development of the organisation with the aim of gaining charitable status. Chris was appointed as Service Lead in July 2021 to manage the Fast-Track Cities programme.

Plushealth became a registered charity in September 2020 with members of the Steering Group forming our first Board of Trustees with Vicky Lomas becoming our first Chair. You can view our constitution document HERE

In January 2021 we appointed 3 new trustees to strengthen the range of expertise as we recognise having a strong Board is vital for a fledgling charity. We continue to steadily increase our team of volunteers as demand for our services continue to grow.

We have gained a small group of loyal supporters who support our work through individual donations which has kept Plushealth going since 2018. Our National peer support service remains unfunded but through their generosity we can continue to provide this valuable service free of charge and will always strive to do so.

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Our work

We inform, empower, support and improve the lives of people living with HIV, their HIV negative partners, family members, close friends and carers so they can live healthy active lives, free from stigma and prejudice.

Our FREE online HIV support service is central to the way we work and is available throughout the UK.
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Support our work

There are several ways you can support our work and make a real difference to the lives of people living with or affected by HIV.

You can get directly involved as a volunteer, trustee, fundraise or actively engage with our social media channels to help us spread the word about our work.
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Meet the team

Our management team works closely with our Board of Trustees and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the charity.

Volunteers play a vital part in the delivery and development of our services. Our volunteers support the management team in a variety of key roles to ensure the charity is well run.
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Meet our trustees

Our Trustee are responsible for setting the direction of the charity and to deliver the public benefits as stated in our governing document.

Trustee responsibilities include the leadership, governance and financial oversight of the charity to ensure it carries out its statutory obligations and remains financially secure at all times.
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Volunteer with us

We really value the contribution volunteers bring to Plushealth. Without their commitment we wouldn’t be able to continue our valuable work.

As we operate completely online we can offer the convenience and flexibility to volunteer your time from home. Volunteer roles include peer mentors, social media creators, finance and general administrative positions.
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Work with us

Our vision is to provide job opportunities which are inclusive and represent the diversity of people living with or affected by HIV.

We encourage our staff team at all levels to work closely with our Board of Trustees and are empowered to contribute to the development and future success of the charity. Read more