Celebrating Wave’s first birthday

Our Wave project, which delivers sexual health education to young people in Highland, celebrates its first birthday this week.

Since launching last year, the Wave team has delivered sexual health and relationships education sessions with over 850 young people across the region, visiting 14 schools and covering over 1,200 miles in the process.

To celebrate the birthday, the team has launched an activity pack for young people in the lead up to World AIDS Day, raising awareness of HIV, and including case studies of young people Waverley Care has worked with.

The pack includes a national poster competition, encouraging young people to come up with designs to raise HIV awareness, challenge stigma and promote testing. The competition is open to anyone aged 30 or younger and entries can be sent to admin@waverleycare.org before the closing date on World AIDS Day (Saturday 1 December). Full details can be found in the activity pack, which is available now on the Wave website.

Over the past year, the feedback that we’ve received from young people taking part in the Wave programme has been fantastic with 88% telling us they’d learned something new and 81% evaluating the service as ‘good’ or ‘brilliant’.

Alongside delivering the education programme, the team has worked with the NHS to ensure that Highlife Highland youth work teams across the region have had sexual health and relationships training. This training is helping staff to support young people to have conversations around sexual health and relationships.

In it’s first year, the project has become a big part of Waverley Care. We are incredibly proud of the work the team is doing and look forward to further success in the years ahead.

Check out the short video round-up below to hear from the team and partners about our biggest achievements so far…