Lynne Williamson is one of our Children and Families Workers at Waverley Care. Lynne began working with us in 2007, thanks to a grant from BBC Children in Need. As well as working with affected children in Edinburgh, Lynne also supports young people throughout Scotland who are themselves HIV positive, offering one-to-one and group sessions.
Why did you choose to work for Waverley Care?
I remember walking past Solas at Abbey Mount about 15 years ago thinking, “I want to work there”, and here I am. Waverley Care is a forward looking organisation, full of people passionate about giving support and breaking down the stigma that still surrounds HIV and Hepatitis C. I feel very humbled to be part of it and I’ve never laughed so much in my life.
When not working, what do you spend your time doing?
I’m enjoy being active and particularly running and cycling. I’ve run the Berlin half marathon and taken part in the London to Paris bike ride to raise funds for Waverley Care. It took several pairs of padded pants to get me to the finish line at the Eiffel tower but I made it. I also learning to play the ukulele – best stress relief I’ve ever come across!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
If I thought too much about the future and all the stuff I’m doing I’d probably pass out. I like Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda’s philosophy, “There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the ‘present.’”