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Covid-19 Corona Virus Service Update

Please follow this link for a service update and advice re Corona Virus (Covid-19) and HIV  Click Here >>>>>

Butterflies Are Free

Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe - Charity Performance 13 September 2018 at the Abbey Theatre 7.30pm Tickets £15

A charity performance in aid of the Crescent will be held on 13 September 2018 from 7.30 at the Abbey Theatre of Butterflies are Free, a play by Leonard Gershe

"Don Baker, hero of his mother's children's book series "Donnie Dark" has been blind from birth. He moves to Manhattan to pursue his ambitions of being a songwriter, and he finds himself living next door to an extrovert actress, Jill - but when his mother comes to visit, she cannot help interfering, with hilarious and touching results"

Tickets are available from the Crescent at £15, (no booking or card fees) you can order by emailing or calling 01727 842532. You can also order and pay for tickets in person at our office, 19 Russell Avenue AL3 5ES during opening hours.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Crescent is thrilled that Her Majesty has bestowed the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service upon the Crescent. This is the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK and is the equivalent to an MBE for us.

We are thrilled that Her Majesty has recognised the hard work of our volunteers and staff in the community, we are one of only three organisations to receive this award in Hertfordshire. There were 193 charities and community groups who received the award this year. The Crescent is very proud to be one of those, more details on the award can be found here >>>Press Release QAVS


Instant result HIV and Home Sampling HIV Testing 

We are now offering an HIV home sampling kit for those who wish to test in their own home with results delivered by the Crescent once analysed. This in addition to our instant result HIV testing service available by appointment as before. ** NB due to funding restrictions we can currently only offer postal HIV testing at present**

The testing kits is available by post and in person from the Crescent. Simply follow the kit instructions then post your sample back to the laboratory in the freepost envelope, your results will be provided by the Crescent after analysis. It is a completely free and confidential service.

If you wish you may take the test at our premises with support before and after testing as appropriate. In the event of a reactive or positive result we will fast track you to the Watford Sexual Health Centre for a second, confirmatory test, with appropriate support thoughout the process.

This is in addition to our instant result HIV testing service

Please do feel free to call us in complete confidence on 01727 842532 to discuss any aspect of the testing services, email us at Alternatively click Appointments to request a kit, make an appointment, or to get more information.

The Crescent needs your help ! Please make a donation if you can !

As some of you will be aware, The Crescent has been without regular funding since June 2011 – we are still fighting the decision to withdraw funding by Hertfordshire County Council so please feel free to write to your MP & County Councillor to complain.

We are entirely reliant on public donations to continue our work – hundreds of people rely on us for support! Please visit our Donate page to help us continue helping those most in need. We are seeing a huge rise in referrals this year – we really need your help now more than ever.

For updates please visit our Blog ( which contains the full story, ways you can lend your help and support, and a list of people who you can write to in support of us and our cause.

You can also see the latest news articles published by the local newspapers there too –search these online at

Thank You!

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Opening Hours:

  • Monday 12 to 3pm (8.30 to 12pm by appointment)
  • Tuesday 10am to 3pm (to 9.30pm by appointment selected Tuesdays each month)
  • Wednesday 11am to 1pm (8.30 to 11 and 1pm to 9pm by appointment only)
  • Thursday 10am to 3pm
  • Friday 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 3pm by appointment only
  • Other out of hours appointments also available, please contact us for details.

Tuesday Lunch

Every Tuesday from 1.00 pm, a free homecooked lunch with varied menu, please let us know if you wish to come along and/or have any special dietary requirements. Enjoy good food and company, find suport and make new friends, open to all living with or affected by HIV. 

Sunday Lunch

One Sunday every month we hold a free lunch event at our site in Russell Avenue St Albans where a traditional Sunday roast and desert is provided giving members an opportunity to get together make friends and support one another in a social environment whilst enjoying some homecooked food.

Lunch is provided from 1.30 and the event runs all afternoon. Friends and relatives are equally welcome to come along, just let us know if you would like to attend so we can ensure we have enough food as it is all freshly cooked on the day. Also let us know if you have any specific dietry requirements too.

If the weather is good you can also relax in the garden both before and after lunch. It is a free event (donations always welcome) if you want to bring along something to drink with your meal that is fine, tea coffee and fruit squash are provided however.

We hope to see you at the event! Click here for 2017 Sunday Lunches

Complementary Therapies

Thanks to the kind generosity of local people we are still providing complementary therapies fortnightly, please contact us for details.

Anyone living with HIV, or caring for someone who is, can become a member  of the Crescent. If you would like to know more about the benefits of being a Crescent member please do contact us for more details.

Membership is free, as are our services. However as we are an entirely voluntary service, if you are able to do so, a donation of any size is always welcome. Every penny donated will go to ensuring we continue to provide these valuable services for your benefit.



Complete our online survey – The Crescent HIV Awareness Quiz

Click here to take part >>

Alternatively call 01727 842532, or visit our facebook page!/crescent.albans

Twitter – follow us @crescentsupport!/CrescentSupport 

If you want to know more about our services please feel feel to drop in during our opening hours – no appointment is necessary, nor do you need to call first.

In St Albans Sunday Lunch every month,  If you would like to come along to any of the social events please do let us know.

Remember all of our services are free to our members and irrespective of where you live in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, or surrounding areas, you will be very welcome to join us.

For full news updates, please click here, or visit our blog >>