Children and Families

We support children and young people who are part of a family where someone is living with HIV or Hepatitis C.  We also support children and young people who are themselves living with HIV.

The aim of the project is to build the skills and emotional strength children and young people need to be successful in school, relationships and life.  A large part of this includes nurturing confidence and self-esteem. We work with children and young people from 4 – 21 years old and are flexible to the needs of every family.

We offer support in a safe environment and provide:

  • Group and One-to-One Support including
    • Issue based groups – covering self-esteem and confidence, sexual health and relationships, and other relevant topics
    • Activity groups – arts workshops, regular outings, outdoor pursuits and computer sessions.
  • Peer Support – the opportunity for children, young people and parents/carers to meet and gain support from others in a similar situation
  • Residentials – allowing children and young people the opportunity for a break away, providing respite for them and for their parents/carers at home.
  • School Holiday Programmes – incorporating group work and activities
  • Outreach – supporting families at home and in the community

For children and young people, the benefits of working with us include:

  • feeling less isolated and making new friends
  • improved family relationships
  • improved emotional health from meeting and sharing experiences with others
  • boosted confidence and self-esteem
  • improved attendance and performance at school
  • understanding when being told of a family member’s HIV or Hepatitis C status

Both members of the Children and Families staff team are registered with the Social Services Council and the project is registered with, and inspected by, the Care Inspectorate for Scotland.

Contact details:

Edinburgh & the Lothians: Nichola Frith or Lynne Williamson

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You might also be interested in our African Health Project Children & Families Service and our Positive Children & Young People’s Service (Poz Youth).