We are a network of Christians in Britain and Ireland promoting HIV prevention and support.
We aim to be a voice in the Church for people living with HIV / AIDS and a Catholic voice in the world of HIV / AIDS.
Our Objectives are
- To promote education and prevention, treatment, care and relevant pastoral ministry for all those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly but not exclusively in the UK and Ireland.
- To promote the practical, financial, emotional, spiritual, sacramental and pastoral needs of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and to develop appropriate responses.
- To promote continuing reflection on all aspects of ethical, theological, and other challenges raised by HIV/AIDs, not least issues of social justice, through publication, seminars, and other relevant means.
CAPS supports the ‘Positive Catholics’ HIV peer support groups and ministry. There are group meetings in London and Manchester, and retreat weekends each year. Any person living with HIV will be welcome. Members are able to form friendships of mutual support and understanding, in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Group meetings occur monthly. Retreat weekends are held, usually three times a year, at different locations in the country.
CAPS volunteers are available to advise churches, faith groups, pastors and schools on understanding and addressing issues related to HIV. Get in touch with us if you would like to speak with someone, or to arrange a talk or workshop in your community. CAPs is also available to assist health care professionals to better understand and support people living with or affected by HIV, where Christian faith is also an issue.