What we do and why

acet UK is a Christian charity with a mission to equip and inspire individuals, schools, churches and organisations, in the UK and internationally, to transform culture by promoting healthy self-esteem, positive relationships and good sexual health.

Why we do what we do

Our heart for young people 

Young people are growing up in a world where the meaning of sex is often diluted, porn is accessible at a click of a button, and where there can be an underlying message that relationships don’t really have to be good as long as they look good. 

There is a lot of pressure to look a certain way and behave in a certain way and this can have a deep impact on how young people view themselves and how they make decisions. 

Various research, including our own, demonstrates that young people are in need of support to navigate through these issues and that they want trustworthy, relatable and trained people to deliver their relationships and sex education in a way that engages and inspires them. 

Instead of traditional solutions that merely address the biology behind sex, we and our international partners, and the people we train, offer relationships and sex education that invests in the development of young people’s self-esteem and attitudes, encouraging them to value other people and value sex.

School boy writing on wall

Why we do what we do

The HIV landscape 

We began in the 1980s as a compassionate response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. The HIV landscape, has of course, changed considerably since then. There have been substantial advances in antiretroviral treatment and vast improvements in the accessibility of the medication.

 However, stigma and discrimination are still present, in many countries not everyone who needs the treatment has access to it and HIV still has a significant impact on the lives of millions of adults and children across the world. Therefore, helping to facilitate the delivery of HIV prevention, care and support programmes in a number of key communities continues to be a priority for us.