Greater Glasgow and Clyde Services
We have three support teams based across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - our HIV Street Support Team, Hepatitis C Support Team and African Health Project Team. Choose from the options below to find out more about the services we offer, and how they can support you. All of our services are available on self-referral and if you’d like to find out more, you can call us on 0141 332 2520.
Due to ongoing coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) developments, we have taken the decision to suspend our in-person support and testing services across Scotland. That means our Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh offices will now be closed until further notice.
However, our residential support centre, Waverley Care Milestone, will remain open with a reduced service, taking no new admissions.
We will be continuing to provide support to people who need it by phone, text, and email, and through our live chat service.
HIV and hepatitis C don’t discriminate. And we all have sexual health. That’s why our services are as diverse as the people we support.
If you need help with HIV, hepatitis C or sexual health in Glasgow, we’re here to support you in whatever ways you need.
Our services are flexible to your needs and we can meet you at our office or, in a place that is comfortable for you. We offer a safe, welcoming environment where you can talk openly without judgement or stigma.
We offer a range of one to one support services across Glasgow including:
- helping you cope with a new diagnosis, think positively about the future and understand treatment
- helping you to improve your mental health and wellbeing and empowering you to cope with life’s ups and downs in a safe, supportive environment
- helping you to look after your physical health and wellbeing, manage HIV or hepatitis C treatment and access local complementary therapies
- helping you to set goals, learn new skills, and access training, employment and education
- supporting you with everyday activities such as getting to appointments, managing daily tasks and adhering to HIV or hepatitis C treatment
- how to talk to your family, friends and others about HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health
- Linking you up with other services that can help you live well with HIV and clear hepatitis C, such as housing, money management, immigration and asylum services
If you want to find out how we can support you or, to speak with a member of our team, get in touch.
Disclosing or telling other people that you have HIV or hepatitis C can be a scary time for anyone.
There’s a lot to think about, from figuring out who to tell, to thinking about how and when to tell them.
We’re here to support you every step of the way, using our 30 years experience to give you the advice and support you need throughout your journey.
As part of this, our teams in Glasgow can also support your family, friends and others to better understand HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health.
If you would like to find out how we can support you, your family, friends or others, get in touch with us for more information.
We offer HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health advice to anyone living in Greater Glasgow, and can also provide advice on lots of topics related to these issues.
Our three teams, can support you with:
- how to cope with a new diagnosis, think positively about the future and understand treatment
- how to talk to family, friends and others about HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health
- how HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health can impact on your mental health and wellbeing and, how to cope with life's ups and downs
- how to take care of your physical health and wellbeing when living with HIV or hepatitis C
- understanding, managing and adhering to HIV and hepatitis C treatment
- how to set goals and get involved in training, employment and education
- where to get additional support for issues related to HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health, such as housing, money management, addiction support, immigration and asylum services
Our teams can also provide you with specialist advice on:
- Harm reduction and safe injecting practices
- Drugs, alcohol and liver health
- Faith, HIV and wellbeing
For more information or, to speak with a member of our team, get in touch.
We offer HIV and hepatitis C dried blood spot testing to anyone who wants to know their status in Glasgow.
We also provide HIV rapid tests for:
- people from African communities
- people at risk of HIV, who are homeless or in temporary accommodation in Glasgow
If you're thinking about getting an HIV or hepatitis C test, you can speak with a member of our team to find out what options you have available. Get in touch.
We offer a weekly Checkpoint testing clinic at our office in Glasgow.
This is where you can get an HIV and hepatitis C dried blood spot test or, a rapid HIV test.
Drop-in any time between 10am-4pm every Thursday - this service is free and confidential for anyone living in Glasgow and you don’t need to book an appointment.
We offer two regular groups based at our office in Glasgow:
- Monthly support group for people living with HIV from African communities
- Mums and Tots Group for new or expectant mums living with HIV
If you would like to attend our groups, contact our Glasgow office for more information.
We offer a range of tailored training and awareness sessions for community groups and professionals across Glasgow.
All of our training is free and we are happy to deliver sessions in the community or at our office.
Training and awareness session topics include:
- HIV and Hepatitis C Awareness
- Sexual Health Awareness
- GP and Medical Practitioner training
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness
- Working with Churches and Faith Leaders
- HIV Peer Mentoring
- Hepatitis C Peer Mentoring
Living with HIV or hepatitis C can affect just about every aspect of your life. Sometimes it’s good to talk to someone who can relate.
At Waverley Care, we can put you in touch with one of our peer mentors – trained volunteers who have lived experience of HIV or hepatitis C, who can help you work through some of the challenges you may be facing in your day-to-day life.
If you need support with HIV or hepatitis C, peer support can help you in a variety of ways including:
- Thinking positively about the future
- Disclosing you HIV or hepatitis C status to family, friends and others
- Increasing your confidence and self-esteem
- Feeling less isolated
- Living well with HIV or hepatitis C and managing treatment
In Glasgow, we offer the following kinds of peer support:
- Hepatitis C peer support over the phone
- Hepatitis C peer support groups
- Hepatitis C one-to-one peer support
- HIV peer support over the phone
- HIV peer support groups
- HIV one-to-one peer support
- Peer support for HIV positive mothers
If you would like to access peer support or, become a Peer Mentor, get in touch with us for advice.
If you're an HIV positive Mum, we'll support you throughout your pregnancy journey.
Post-birth, we'll continue to be there to support you. We'll help you access to any information you might need - as well as making sure you have a supply of milk for babies up to one year.
Are you eligible for our Infant Formula Feed Milk Programme?
To access our Infant Formula Milk Programme, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- HIV positive (non-means-tested - this means all HIV positive mothers can access this programme)
- Linked into the Brownlee Clinic or Monklands HIV clinic for treatment and care and; reside in these areas
- Be in the second trimester of your pregnancy or, have transferred into either of the clinics and, have a child who is under 12 months of age
What you need to know about being referred to our Infant Formula Feed Milk Programme:
You must be referred through Brownlee or Monklands HIV clinics, and your referral will be sent to our project worker at Waverley Care.
As part of the programme, we will supply you with the following equipment and products:
- A 12 months’ supply of free milk formula per child (in line with national and local infant nutrition guidelines and standards)
- A free starter pack will be provided at your first appointment, which includes:
- An electrical steamer steriliser
- 4 X 900g tins of formula milk of their choice
- 2 feeding bottles
- 1 cleaning brushes
We will provide you with a maximum of 4 tins of free milk formula every month until the child’s first birthday.
Please note: In case of any allergies, intolerances or other adverse problems with baby infant formula, you can consult with your health visitor to make sure the baby infant formula is right for your baby. Once you reach a decision with your health visitor, our project worker can be notified and they will then place new order for the change of milk formula.
Do you have some spare time to help us smash stigma? Why not get involved in volunteering.
Every day, our amazing volunteers support our work in all sorts of ways, helping make a huge difference to people across Scotland affected by HIV and hepatitis C, and promoting good sexual health.
As if that wasn’t enough of a reason to get involved, volunteering also gives you the chance to gain new skills, get work experience and meet new people.
In Glasgow, we offer a range of opportunities for you to get involved in volunteering, including:
- Reception Volunteers - Volunteers help to ensure that reception runs efficiently, welcoming visitors and helping them feel comfortable. You’ll be responsible for managing the switchboard and taking messages as well as helping out with general administration tasks.
- Outreach - Opportunites to help the delivery of HIV and hepatitis C prevention messages and distributing condoms in community settings, as well as supporting community events.
- Group Support - Group support volunteers spend a few hours each week being involved in one of our support groups. This involves being part of the group, chatting to people, making sure the space is safe and confidential and getting involved with the planning and delivering of the group activities and events. This role requires a long-term commitment.
- Peer Support and Peer Mentoring - Peer Mentors are individuals who are living with HIV or hepatitis C, or who have cleared hepatitis C, who are able to use their experience to support others. Support is provided face-to-face or over the phone. Specific training is provided for this role.
- Complementary Therapists - We have volunteers who offer complementary therapies on a weekly basis. Many of our service users benefit from the opportunity to relax and improve their wellbeing. Applications from therapists are welcome.
- Fundraising - Our work is only possible thanks to the generosity of supporters across Scotland. We have lots of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in fundraising, from bucket collections and sponsorship to helping out at events and administrative tasks. If you’re interested in volunteering in fundraising, find out more here or get in touch with the team on 0131 556 9710.