Research and engagement is a new and innovative part of our work at Waverley Care, building on our 30 years of experience providing support, testing and training in communities across Scotland.
We're funded by the Scottish Government to engage with people who are living with HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as people who are affected by poor sexual health in Scotland. Our research and engagement team is made up of Dr. Ruth McKenna (Senior Research and Communications Manager) and Jennifer Goff (Communications and Engagement Officer).
About our Research and Engagement Work
The evidence gathered by our research and engagement work will be used to smash HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health stigma, while helping Scotland:
- develop targetted blood borne virus and sexual health services
- promote blood borne virus and sexual health testing and support
- influence policy work on blood borne viruses and sexual health
At present, our work is focussed on:
- engaging with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in remote and rural areas
- exploring the experiences of young people living with HIV transitioning from paediatric to adult health services
- engaging with people who inject drugs to identify their sexual health and wellbeing needs
- identifying sexual health service needs of trans and non-binary people
Our Research and Engagement Ethos
Our research and engagement ethos is simple:
"Nothing about us without us."
We believe that people with lived experience are in the best position to guide and direct our work. That's why our project uses peer-led research and engagement approaches, rather than more traditional methods such as interviewing and carrying out questionnaires.
If you have any questions about our research and engagement work, get in touch with us here.
To get involved in upcoming research and engagement activities, check out our events here.