Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham and Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform, spoke on Friday 16 May at the launch of an employability workbook aimed at those with HIV/AIDS. The work book has been put together by Positive East, and is entitled “Find your way to work”.
Positive East is a charity which supports people who have HIV/AIDS. The organisation’s two centres are located in Stepney and Stratford and serve people throughout East London. Positive East offers specialist support, including counselling sessions and training workshops.
The employability work book aims to support people with HIV/AIDS in returning to work or education. The book provides practical advice on the benefits of returning to work, as well as the types of support available. It also includes practical advice on interview techniques and how to compile a CV. The book is supported by Barclays Bank.
Speaking at the event, Mr Timms congratulated Positive East on their work. He said that work enables people to feel valued, and that it is important for those who have HIV/AIDS to continue to be able to be able to make a contribution to society.
Mr Timms said: "I warmly welcome this new book, which I hope will help many people with HIV/AIDS to get back into work. Positive East does hugely important work in East London, which benefits many people in my own constituency. I congratulate them on their work and wish them the very best for the future".