The Tartan Ribbon
The Tartan Ribbon is an important symbol for our work across Scotland. We first began using the Tartan Ribbon in 1995, when it was gifted to us by one of our service users. At that time, the ribbon was created by him as a way of showing support to anyone affected by HIV in Scotland and is a variation on the red AIDS ribbon. The Tartan Ribbon soon came to be our logo, helping people across Scotland see and recognise what we do.
Over the Years
Since 1995, we have been very grateful to have our very own Tartan Ribbon, showing symbolic support to anyone living with or affected by HIV. The ribbon has been at the forefront of our fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives. Events, awards and products have even taken on the name. For example, The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit has been running at the Pleasance Fringe venue in Edinburgh during August for many years.
Our ribbons are made up by our dedicated volunteers, who in the course of a year make several thousand ribbons between them. If you’d like to volunteer in this way – please get in touch with our fundraising team or call 0131 556 9710.
2019 is Waverley Care's 30th anniversary year. With this has come a time to reflect on how far we have come since 1989 and, where we have yet to go beyond 2020 smashing stigma across Scotland. With the launch of our refreshed brand, has come a recognition that our services have changed over the years and we are now reaching out to people who need support with HIV, as well as hepatitis C and sexual health.
To honour the place of our Tartan Ribbon within our history and future, we have incorporated the Tartan Ribbon into our new logo while updating it's feel to shine a light on the diversity and evolution of our services.
World AIDS Day
Our Tartan Ribbon will now be at the heart of our annual World AIDS Day work - helping us smash HIV stigma through campaigning while reminding Scotland that people living with HIV still need care, support and understanding to live life to the full.
“Sometimes stigma and discrimination comes from the places you’d least expect it but, then again, so does the help.”
"I can take off the face I wear for the outside world and just be myself."