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15th March 2013

METRO is delighted that its Clinical Project Manager, Jackie Foley has been recognised as one of the UK's top sexual health professionals through the UK Sexual Health Awards.

This is the second year of the UK Sexual Health Awards hosted by national sexual health charities Brook and FPA and showcasing some of the best, creative and innovative work in sexual health. Jackie was one of sox finalists in the category of Sexual Health Professional at the award ceremony hosted by comedian Kate Smurthwaite, at a gala dinner last night at The Troxy in London.

Marguerite McLaughlin BEM, METRO Chief Executive said:
"I couldn't be more proud that that Jackie Foley's commitment and hardwork has been rewarded and that METRO's sexual health work is being recognised in this way. Jackie is a committed, innovative and dynamic health professional who leads on a very wide range of sexual health projects in Greenwich for METRO. She is a hugely inspiring and innovative leader who keeps service users at the epicentre of everything she does. Her compassion and understanding of the challenges people from a number of different communities face is second to none and has led to a number of highly successful initiatives including METRO's African Testing Outreach & Mentoring Project (ATOM) in Woolwich offering rapid HIV testing and access to a range of services. Well done Jackie!"

For all media queries: Patricia Durr, Head of Communications & PR, 020 8305 5000 x136, 07912515397

1. METRO is a leading equality and diversity charity providing health, community and youth services across London and the South East and national and international projects for more info
2. ATOM Clinic is funded by MAC Foundation
3. For further information about the UK Sexual Health Awards please visit


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Thank you so much for taking time to listen to me and truly understand how I am feeling. This is the only appointment I've had regarding HIV that didnít feel rushed.

Sarah - Counselling

The help and understanding I experienced from everyone I came into contact with whilst using the Metroís services was amazing.

Simon - Mentoring

By discussing things at such an intimate level with my mentor, I really came face to face with some of the reasons why I was taking chances before.

Kwasi - Mentoring

During the 6 month programme, I developed a close relationship with my mentor. Knowing that I would have to talk to him honestly about what I did in the previous 2 weeks somehow forced me to be safe every time I had an encounter.

Ebere - First Point

I wish this service was around when I was newly diagnosed. I felt my world had fallen apart around me and I didn't know which way to turn for support. You are offering a very valuable service.

Joe - Mentoring

The programme had such an impact on my life that I decided to come on board as a volunteer mentor!

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I felt so relieved to have a named First Point worker who I can call if I need to be referred to a particular service.

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