News Archive: August 2019

Tackling Glasgow’s HIV Outbreak

About Glasgow’s HIV Street Support Service: Over the last 6 months, we have been working closely with reporters James Cheyne and Sarah Smith from BBC…

Eliminating Hepatitis C in Scotland

Eliminating Hepatitis C in Scotland by 2024 Today we’re welcoming the announcement by Joe Fitzpatrick (Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing), setting out the…

Drug-Related Deaths in Scotland – Our Response

Drug-Related Deaths in 2018 Figures Yesterday Scotland’s drug-related deaths figures were released by National Records of Scotland. The figures showed a steep rise in drug-related…

Coping with HIV and Hep C: Jamie’s Story

If you’re living with HIV or hepatitis C, reaching out for support can feel like a big step – but with our help, you can…

New HIV Diagnoses in Scotland

Yesterday, the new HIV Diagnosis Surveillance Report (January-March 2019) was published by Health Protection Scotland. In this blog, we’ll share the key statistics with you…

HIV: Past, Present and Future

Last week our SX team held their latest Chat event: ‘HIV, Past, Present, and Future’. Hosted by CC Blooms, the evening brought people together to talk about their relationship…

HIV Support in Highland

Waverley Care was first established in 1989, with our Highland support services in place since 2010. With over 30 years supporting people living with HIV,…

How Mindfulness Supports My Work

The following blog piece is by Amanda Scott, Argyll & Bute HIV Project Worker. Amanda shares her experience of integrating the practice of mindfulness into her…

Thank YOU to our Volunteers!

Happy #VolunteersWeek! We’re taking the opportunity this week to appreciate our 91 amazing volunteers across Scotland, who generously give over 3,692 hours of their time each…

Volunteers’ Week

Happy Volunteers’ Week! And a huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Your support helps make a real difference and we simply couldn’t…

Spotlight on: Volunteers’ Week

It’s Volunteers’ Week and to mark the occasion, we caught up with some of our volunteers to share their volunteer story. So if you’re thinking about…

The Big Corporate Shake-Up is here!

Today we’re excited to launch a new corporate team challenge – The Big Corporate Shake-up! The event challenges teams from companies across Edinburgh to compete…

New Guidance: Young People, Healthy Relationships and Consent

The following blog is written by Jo Sykes, Coordinator of our Wave sexual health service for young people in Highland.  Sexual health & relationships is an…

Kirsten’s Story: Old and New Hep C Treatment

The following blog piece is by Wendy Cooper, Hepatitis C Support Coordinator with our Glasgow Hepatitis C Support Service. Starting Treatment and Support Kirsten* tried…

M.A.C Cosmetics Getting Involved

On International Women’s Day 2019, we were joined by the team at M.A.C Cosmetics, who generously donated their time and skills to giving women we…

Just a ‘Hello’ for Today – A Day in the Life of our HIV Street Support Team

Our HIV Street Support Team work with people who are at risk of or living with HIV, homeless or in temporary accommodation in Glasgow. The…

Connecting Sexual Health and Mental Health with Faith Leaders in Forth Valley

“I learned that mental health is so strongly connected with HIV, with the stigmatisation, rejection and all these things. What I can say is we…

Linking Up at HMP Low Moss

James’ Story James was diagnosed with hepatitis C the last time he was in prison. He wanted to get treatment but couldn’t get started due…

‘Is he okay?’ – A Day in the Life of our HIV Street Support Team

Our HIV Street Support Team work with people who are risk of or living with HIV, homeless or in temporary accommodation in Glasgow. The following…

Thank YOU for Making a Difference to our Work!

We are delighted to announce that Make a Difference Trust has awarded £15,000 for 2019/20 to support our Community Project Team in Lothian. This funding will…

Young People Creating Change

“It’s not just about teaching those who don’t have HIV not to be afraid of us. It’s about teaching those with HIV that we are…

Welcome to our New Volunteers!

“I really feel I’m part of the charity already.” – Sandra Last month, Volunteer Coordinators Jacqui Crerar and Robert Pollock welcomed nine new volunteers from…

Hep C Peer Mentoring in Glasgow and Edinburgh

With our upcoming recruitment drive for Hepatitis C Peer Mentors in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Stephen Davidson, our Hepatitis C Peer Mentor Coordinator has written the following…

30th Anniversary Congratulations from Edinburgh

Earlier this week, we were delighted to receive a congratulatory letter from Edinburgh City Council and the people of Edinburgh, marking our 30th anniversary. The…

HIV Peer Mentor Training with Project 100

Earlier this month, we were delighted to welcome a new team of Peer Mentors to our Peer Mentor training programme, carried out in partnership with…

Our Highland Team are Moving

We’re delighted to announce that our Highland team is moving! Next week, the team is moving from our premises on Waterloo Place to our new…

SX National Website Launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of SX’s new website, a national resource focused on helping gay, bisexual and all men who have sex…

Thanks to The Hospital Saturday Fund!

At the end of February, we were thrilled to be among twenty-six Scottish charities, who received donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund. At a special…

Welcome to Our New Corporate Partner, Criterion!

We are proud to announce that we’re partnering up with Criterion Tec Limited, as part of the company’s 2019/2020 Corporate Social Responsibility. This is Criterion’s…

A New HIV Diagnosis in Argyll and Bute – What Now?

At the end of February, Amanda Scott, Project Worker with our Argyll & Bute HIV Prevention and Support Project shared her experience working with someone…

Getting Tested at University of Edinburgh

“I can’t believe it would be this quick and straight forward. People need to know that it’s not as daunting as they think.” – Edinburgh…

Voices = Action

The following blog is a fictional piece written for LGBT History Month by Christopher Ward, Health Improvement Worker with Waverley Care’s SX project. Christopher is…

Waverley Care HIV Street Support Team – 3 months on…

The following blog post was written by Mhairi McKean, HIV Street Support Project Manager. Well it’s hard to believe that the HIV Street Support Project has…

Migration and Social Inclusion in Scotland and Europe at GCU

At the beginning of February, Margaret Lance, Support and Outreach Coordinator with Waverley Care’s African Health Project, spoke at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for their Migration and…

Challenging Stigma Since 1989

Today, the 17th February marks 30 years since Waverley Care was established. Back in 1989, the world was a different place. Margaret Thatcher was still…

Thanks to Standard Life Aberdeen Lighthouse Network

At the end of January, Radi Ivanov from Waverley Care received a cheque for £1,144.62 from Kenneth Gilmour, Standard Life Aberdeen Group Company Secretary, and…

Welcoming Wood Mackenzie as Joint-Sponsor of the Tartan Rainbow Ceilidh

Wood Mackenzie, a global natural resources consultancy and research firm, have joined MHD Law as joint-sponsors of the Tartan Rainbow Ceilidh, organised by Waverley Care….

Fifty Years… But the Fight is Not Over.

This week we are sharing a guest blog from one of our Highland partners – James Cook, Quality Improvement Officer: Northern Alliance with Highland Council….

Thanks to Everyone at SKY Offices in Livingston

Last week we visited the Sky offices in Livingston. SKY’s Scottish locations recently raised funds for Waverley Care to go towards our World AIDS Day work, raising…

Pilot Peer Support Telephone Service

We are delighted to announce the launch of our pilot Peer Support Telephone Service, beginning Monday 21st January 2019. The pilot service will cover the…

Challenging LGBTQ+ Inequality at Frank Turner’s Glasgow Gig

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with our SX project to host a table at the upcoming Frank Turner gig on 29th January….

Thanks to Staff and Customers of The Dome

Yesterday, Steve Hall, General Manager of The Dome presented a cheque for £3,525 to our Senior Fundraiser, Karen. The Dome has been kindly adding 50p to all…

The Big Gay Quiz is back!

Cancel your plans next Thursday 17th January because The Big Gay Quiz with The Roaming Quiz Man at CC Blooms is back! Over the last year, we’ve been looking…

Festive opening and contacts

Over the festive period our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness will be closed to the public. The offices will close from 1pm on Friday…

Tartan Ribbon Dinner

More than 200 Waverley Care supporters joined us in the beautiful surroundings of the Hub in Edinburgh at the start of the month for our Tartan…

World AIDS Day 2018 – Round up

Over the weekend, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day across Scotland. Here we take a quick look back at how we marked…

Will you help challenge stigma this World AIDS Day?

On Saturday 1 December, events will take place around the world to mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Big anniversaries offer the opportunity…

Community Ambassadors taking the lead

Our Chinese Health Project’s Health Ambassador team has produced a short film, raising awareness of hepatitis B. The film, which was been written and filmed in…

Focus on – African Health Project

In 2018, our African Health Project celebrates 15 years of working with local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Africans in Scotland….

Annual Review 2017-18

This week, we’ve released our Annual Review for 2017/18. In years to come, when people look back at the history of HIV and hepatitis C…

Award nod for Wave project

Hot on the heels of our Wave project’s 1st birthday earlier this month, we’ve had more good news with a nomination for a national award….

SX unveils new Forth Valley service

We were in Stirling this week to unveil our latest SX project, working with gay and bisexual men in Forth Valley. Funded by the local NHS board,…

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…

Alliance funding supports Poz Youth project

There was great news for our Poz Youth project this month with the announcement of funding to support young people living with HIV as they…

Lanarkshire funding for formula project

New mums in Lanarkshire who are living with HIV will now be able to access free formula milk through Waverley Care, thanks to funding from…

Spotlight on Black History Month – Volunteer Interview

The following interview is with Miura Lima, one of our fantastic volunteers based in Glasgow. Miura has been working with Waverley Care carrying out research…

Outreach Event with Govan Community Projects

Team members Margaret and Jerusalem from our African Health and FMG projects, were out delivering outreach work earlier this month, at a lunchtime event with…

Supporting ProudNess

Over the weekend over 5,000 people gathered in Inverness for ProudNess, the first Highland Pride event in over 15 years. The event was a celebration…

Discussions focus on widening hep C treatment access

Action to help widen access to hepatitis C treatment in Scotland was on the agenda as health experts, MSPs and charities gathered for an event…

Staff Consultation Day

Waverley Care staff from across Scotland met at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow last week, to connect and explore ideas for research. The event, held…

Street support project set to tackle Glasgow HIV outbreak

Our Glasgow team will soon start offering on-street support to people who inject drugs, in a bid to tackle the city’s continuing HIV outbreak. The…

Women’s group discuss PrEP

In the first eight months that PrEP was available on the NHS in Scotland, only 10 out of 1,295 people to access the HIV prevention…

Welcoming the Public Health Minister

We were delighted to welcome the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick MSP, to Waverley Care this week. The visit…

New HIV treatments introduced to NHS

Two new HIV treatments will soon become available on the NHS in Scotland, following a decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), the body responsible…

Never a Soft Touch

After a record breaking Fringe for fundraising, Waverley Care can now also lay claim to being part of an award-winning show! This week, Jerusalem from…

Year of Young People Funding for Wave Team

This week we got the fantastic news that our Wave Highland project has been awarded funding to involve under 25s in improving local sexual health services….

International Overdose Awareness Day 2018

Waverley Care marked International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday 31st August by joining Glasgow North East Recovery Community, Scottish Drugs Forum and others at an…

The Great Big Fringe Round-up 2018

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe packs up for another year, and the residents of Edinburgh heave a collective sigh of relief, join us for a…

Fringe partnership passes £500,000

Our long-running partnership with the Pleasance marked another milestone this week with the announcement that we’ve now raised £500,000 to support Waverley Care. At the…

Teaming up with the Nevis Ensemble

Some of our staff and service users got out in the sunshine this week, as our Glasgow office played unlikely host of a 40-piece orchestra….

Support sought in asylum housing row

Ministers from the Scottish and UK governments met this week to discuss a row over the proposed eviction of asylum seekers living in Glasgow. The…

Tapping into tech with the Pleasance

Waverley Care’s long-running relationship with the Pleasance is tapping into technology for the 2018 Fringe with the introduction of contactless donations. For the first time,…

Three Asks for World Hepatitis Day

This week, Waverley Care is joining campaigners and organisations around the world in an effort to ‘Find the Missing Millions’ for World Hepatitis Day (28 July). 9 out…

Refugee Festival supports community links

Over the last couple of weeks, our African Health Project team in Glasgow have been out and about at events to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland….

Promoting Testing at Pride

A busy summer of Pride events, celebrating Scotland’s LGBT community, continues over the weekend, with festivities in Edinburgh and the Isle of Bute – and Waverley…

A big thank you to all our amazing volunteers!

Today marks the beginning of Volunteers’ Week 2018 and we would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of…

European Testing Week – Spring 2018

Throughout this week organisations across Europe are joining together to participate in the first ever Spring European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week. The Spring campaign is a…

Teaming up with Glasgow Clyde College

Our Glasgow team received a warm welcome from students  on a recent visit to Glasgow Clyde College. We were at the college’s Anniesland campus to…

Testing project gets go-ahead

Our African Health Project will be able to help 500 people to know their HIV status this year, after funding was agreed to provide point…

Talking sexual health with Highland youth workers

Youth Development Officers working in Highland joined our Wave team in Inverness earlier this month to take part in sexual health training. The training, which…

Encouraging figures on PrEP

Earlier today, we received a really encouraging update on PrEP, highlighting the uptake of the HIV prevention drug since it became available on the NHS…

HIV conference comes to Scotland

This week, the great and the good of the HIV and sexual health worlds are descending on the EICC in Edinburgh for a national conference….

Make Room for Art

Later this month we are helping to launch a new project offering art workshops for people living with HIV in Lanarkshire. The Make Room for…

Punk for Pam 2018

Spring is in the air, the clocks have moved forward so it can only mean one thing –  Punk for Pam! Over the weekend, punks…

Community Projects Blog – Waverley Care and Welfare

When you’re struggling to make ends meet, it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health. For many people living with HIV…

Home Office training highlights asylum seeker support

Earlier this week we visited at the Home Office in Glasgow to talk to staff about HIV and hepatitis C awareness. The information and education…

Latest phase of Caring Conversations launched

This week, we officially unveiled the latest phase of Caring Conversations – our free online-learning resource for healthcare staff. Building on the success of the…

Funding news brings exciting new work

We’ve had some exciting news with the announcement of new funding to build on our work with people living with or affected by HIV or…

Voice of Hope initiative gets underway

This month saw the beginning of a new venture to work with African churches across Scotland, involving our Voice of Hope Choir. The Voice of…

New recruits for Project 100 training

Volunteers from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Argyll & Bute were among the latest recruits to join us at Project 100 peer mentor training this month….

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

To mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM this week, our My Voice project visited staff at Edinburgh Airport to talk to them about…

CheckPoint testing service launched

This week we unveiled CheckPoint, our new HIV and hepatitis testing service in Lothian, CheckPoint offers appointments through the week, plus a weekly evening drop-in…

Cross-party support for hep C elimination ambition

“After so long thinking you’re going to die, to be clear is just unbelievable” These were the words of Grant Knox in the Scottish Parliament…

Playhouse partnership takes centre stage

We caught up with our friends from the Edinburgh Playhouse this month to celebrate our charity partnership passing the £50,000 mark. The landmark total includes…

Ministerial meeting marks first year of prison project

We met up with Public Health Minister, Aileen Campbell, at Scotland’s largest prison this week to mark the first anniversary of our Prison Link Project….

Milestone support meets highest standards

There was a surprise visit to Milestone at the end of October as the Care Inspectors arrived for an unannounced inspection. The residential support service is registered with…

Healthy Living event comes to Glasgow

Our Glasgow hepatitis C team continued its recent focus on healthy lifestyles with a public event in the east end of Glasgow. The Healthy Living event…

Chinese project launches in Lanarkshire

We were at Monklands Hospital in North Lanarkshire today to launch an innovative new project to support local Chinese communities to challenge hepatitis B. The…

Services set out commitment to gay and bisexual men

Across Scotland, gay and bisexual men face health inequalities that affect their physical, mental and sexual health. Along with other service providers, we recently developed and…

World AIDS Day Round Up 2017

As the calendar turned to December last week, we joined people around the world in marking World AIDS Day. The annual event, held each year…