Although EAST began life with a mission to provide befriending support to people seriously ill with AIDS, we have adapted well to the changes ushered in by anti-retroviral therapies. The welcome transformation of a life-threatening illness into a long-term manageable condition has challenged us to restructure our services around the positive prospect of active and fulfilling lives for our clients rather than acute illness and short-term decline.
EAST currently delivers services to clients across the whole of Norfolk. Most service delivery is conducted by our client support workers who provide advice, information and advocacy as well as emotional and practical support in a wide variety of different contexts.
In addition to our Norfolk service delivery, we are also engaged in HIV prevention work in Peterborough where we run or support a variety of projects ranging from outreach work aimed at gay men to sexual health training with minority ethnic communities.