World AIDS Day- December 1st

World Aids Day is on the 1st December and has been remembered every year since 1988.  This day is dedicated to uniting us in the fight against HIV, raising awareness of Aids and the HIV Infection and to support people living with the virus.  World AIDS Day is important as it reminds us the virus has not gone away – there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.  For more information about this day visit,

Here is a brief reminder about AIDS and HIV.  AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is a collection of illnesses caused by a virus picked up by people that makes their immune system weak. You can’t get an AIDS diagnosis unless you’re already HIV positive. To learn more about the virus, the signs, symptoms and living with the disease see the NHS website



Today, we know much more about the virus than we did in the 1980s, when it was first identified.  Medication and scientific advancements have helped in the treatment of AIDS and there is support for people living with the virus.  To learn more about the Terrence Higgins charity, which helps support people living with the virus see, 

For a personal account of a nurse who worked with AIDS patients in the 1980s see the following clip


What can you do?

  • Wear a red ribbon leading up to and on the 1st December to raise awareness and support for people living with the AIDS virus.
  • Raise money to help fight the virus, for more information see

Celebrating Mother’s Day every day!

This is a guest blog, in honour of Mother’s Day (March 30th), written by Kensington Mums, a local network that offers support, advice and information for Kensington parents:

Kensington Mums
Kensington Mums

Everything I owe, I owe to my mother’. This is one of my favourite quotes. To me motherhood is a dream come true. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a Mum, to be called Mama and to have children of my own. It’s a true blessing. Motherhood comes with a source of responsibility and a sense of fulfilment.

The day I became a Mother was the day I said goodbye to freedom, and solo bathroom trips. There’s no instruction booklet for being the best Mum, you just have to trust your instinct. Teaching your little ones and letting them be the best they can be is a real challenge in life and something every mother will go through. Worry is inevitable, but it’s a learning process and with every challenge along the way there will be amazing ones to come. Its always good to remember that we brought our children to this world and it is our children that help us be the best we can be and help us make memories from the little things in our everyday ordinary lives.

At times, mums will feel alone, confused and loose their true identity as a women in the process. Motherhood has so many different roles and each motherhood journey is unique in its own way. During our Kensington Mums Motherhood exhibition which took place in June 2013, I met many Mums from all walks of life who shared their personal motherhood journey. This day should be celebrated because so many Mother’s work super hard all year round and rarely get the merit they deserve. So although I’m a bit biased, I’m down for it one million percent.

As a Kensington Mum myself, I feel I have so many different roles in my family. Mothers are multi-taskers. Nurturing and celebrating ourselves is the first step towards nurturing and bringing joy to others. We are not just Mums, we are more than a Mum.

A mother is ‘A woman who realizes that no matter what she achieves in life her child is the only unique achievement that marks her life’.

Kensington Mums aims to engage with local Mums to let them know they are not alone while raising their little ones. The best thing a Mum can do is to live the example of a happy, loving relationship, understanding that as mothers they are moulding their children’s views and beliefs about love, relationships, self-worth and the world around them. Off courses fathers also play an important role.

I hope you can all join me and other Mums to put the mmmm into motherhood.


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