The BaSe group is for children 10-12 years old and corresponds to the ages where young people are likely to learn about HIV and its place in their lives. The BaSe Group is a place where childen who know about how HIV affects their lives can develop their understanding, ask the questions they need answered and explore ways to develop a perspective that allows them to live their lives with confidence.
Having the knowledge of HIV without anyone there for you can be a very lonely place. All those questions and thoughts can feel like a huge weight. The BaSe uses fun, creative projects to provide opportunities for learning information about HIV and exploring its social and emotional effects.
If your child knows how HIV affects them or a family member and you would like them to the BaSe group, contact Anya at Body & Soul on 0207 923 6880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When asked to think of a name for their very own group, the 10-12 years olds attending Body & Soul came up with ‘The BaSe’, The Body And Soul Experience.
15 years on, the name seems an even better fit. The twenty or so young people who come every Tuesday have the complete run of the entire ‘BaSement’ space at Body & Soul’s centre, a floor filled with a mini sports pitch, table tennis, table football, computers, interactive whiteboards and a professional recording studio.
It is as much fun as it sounds but all of these are just part and parcel of the learning that takes place here.
Most importantly, The BaSe is exactly what its names suggests when it comes to providing a solid and safe foundation for young people to begin to come to terms with the challenge that HIV presents in their lives.
The BaSe remains the only place anywhere where young people aged 10-12, who are affected by HIV can meet, and for their families to know that every aspect of their needs will be thought through.
The BaSe is a truly unique place. The 4 hours spent together every week provide an experience that continues to build young people’s resilience. The team is made up of teachers, volunteers and members of Teen Spirit who are fantastic mentors.
This isn’t just another youth club though. The BaSe provides an experience built around both understanding what engages young people effectively and providing an experience that answers the difficult questions these children face now and in the future. The BaSe puts all the necessary pieces in place to allow young people to achieve and reach their full potential.