Body and Soul

Type: Charity

Founded: 1996

Employees: 14

Body & Soul is a charity supporting children, teenagers, adults and families living with and closely affected by HIV. We believe everyone has the right to live happily and healthily. We aim to counteract the devastation of an HIV positive diagnosis with strategies to reduce isolation and stress; improve health and well being; promote active lives and create a voice for human rights. Our centre is a safe place that helps everyday people deal with the everyday challenges that HIV sets before them and the people they love.



  • Body & Soul partnered with The Body Shop in launching pin badges throughout the UK stores in 1997
  • In 1998, we launched ‘Spirit of Youth’ – the first ever film made by young people living with and affected by HIV in the UK aiming to challenge stigma and reach out to young people living in isolation
  • In 2000, Our Teen Spirit hosted ‘Do the Right Thing’, a seminar on disclosure to children and young people living with HIV, facilitated by young people, psychologists and HIV experts, it was attended by over 100 healthcare professionals
  • ‘BaSe Aware’, our group for 10-12 year olds who are aware of how they or a family member are affected by HIV is the first of its kind in the UK
  • In 2001,The Young Vic and Body & Soul hosted a gala performance of Hamlet. It was attended by then Prime Minister Tony Blair, Hugh Laurie, Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes
  • Our Trustee, Annmarie Byrne, was awarded the Golden Jubilee Unsung Hero Award in 2002
  • We won the Queen's Jubilee award in 2003
  • The culmination of our ‘smile is a gift’ campaignin 2007 was the star-studded concert at Camden’s KOKO, headlined by Scissor Sisters and hosted by Ben Elton.
  • We have won the MTV Staying Alive Award for extraordinary achievement in HIV prevention in 2008
  • IN 2010,Body & Soul hosted ‘VoiceStorm’ at the Roundhouse, Camden. Headlined by Patron, Annie Lennox, and featuring performances from Melanie C, Alice Russell, The Ting Tings and Lauren Pritchard, and appearances by Edith Bowman, Dame Kelly Holmes and Kelly Osbourne
  • We won the prestigious ‘GSK Impact Award’ in recognition of excellence in our work and commitment to improving the quality of human life and making a real difference to the health of the community in 2011
  • We also launched  ‘Life in my Shoes’, aimed at 14-21 year olds, in 2011. It is the first youth-led UK campaign aimed at tackling the stigma that surrounds HIV in the U
  • Our Director Emma Colyer was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours list
  • 'Undefeated', our short film premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2013



We are unequivocally committed to a world free of stigma, and prejudice where HIV is no longer discriminated against and where everyone has access to treatment, love and care.


Our services are aimed at individuals and families affected by HIV

These include:

Children (0-9 years)

Children 10-12years (who are aware of HIV)

Teenagers 13-19 years

Younger adult (under 28 years)

Adults 28+ years


We run five age-appropriate weekly support services for children 0-9, children 10-12 (who are aware of HIV), teenagers 13-19, younger adults under 28 and adults 28+. We understand the impact HIV has on children through a parent or sibling even if they are not HIV positive themselves and as such we welcome members of all ages who are both living with and closely affected by HIV.

We provide a ‘one stop shop’ for families affected by HIV and can offer support in a range of areas from counselling to family therapy, peer mentoring and HIV education to assistance with legal issues, immigration and welfare and benefits

As a member of Body & Soul you can access a range of services specifically tailored to providing support around improving and maintaining physical and mental health, psycho-social wellbeing, practical support and opportunities for a successful and productive future. Services are delivered through 1:1, family, small group, and larger group interventions




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