In 2017, we launched our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.
The strategic plan was developed in consultation with our staff, and set out our purpose as a charity, highlighting examples of our work across Scotland, and identifying our priorities for the years ahead.
In developing our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, we had the opportunity to reflect on all of the progress that has been made since Waverley Care’s formation in 1989.
With 2020 around the corner, we are now beginning to develop our 2021-2023. In 2019 our focus is now firmly placed on the challenges that remain - as we celebrate our 30th anniversary year, we focus on how HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health in Scotland is changing.
While improved treatments mean that people living with HIV can live long and well, and hepatitis C can be cleared with highly effective anti-viral treatment, there are a number of HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health concerns that remain a public health issue in Scotland. These include:
- The need for our services is as great as ever. HIV, hepatitis C and poor sexual health continue to disproportionately affect some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities, often driven by stigma and lack of access to social, economic and health infrastructure.
- The ongoing HIV outbreak in Glasgow makes clear that HIV is a present concern and more needs to be done to increase testing and support
The actions identified in the plan will allow us to continue to challenge this stigma, and the health inequalities that vulnerable groups face, in order to reduce new HIV and Hepatitis C infections, encourage people to get tested, and provide much needed support.
In the years ahead, it is our ambition to build on the progress that has been made, to expand existing services and to identify new opportunities to drive HIV and Hepatitis C prevention and support. We also want to make talking about and taking care of sexual health a part of everyday life.
It is an exciting time to be involved in this work and we will continue to work with our service users, volunteers, partners, supporters and staff to move forward.