HIV-AIDS Carers & Family Service Providers

Who Are We?

We are a charitable, not for profit organisation, established in 1991. We work throughout Scotland providing a range of practical and emotional services to carers, families, partners, friends and relatives who are affected or infected by HIV or AIDS. We are the longest servicing HIV organisation in Scotland, and that makes us unique in itself.

What Services Do We Offer?

We offer a range of confidential services that are flexible and tailored to meet the needs of individuals and families alike.  Services range from and include:

  • One to one Support
  • Counselling
  • Family Support
  • Break for Carers
  • Home Support Visits
  • Telephone Support
  • Out of Hours Telephone Support
  • E-mail Support
  • Attend hospital visits with you, to provide support or undertake hospital visits on your behalf when you need a break
  • Assist access a range of services or information such as welfare grants and benefits, housing, transport issues
  • Advocacy
  • Provide a range of Carer, HIV, Drug, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Mental Health related information
  • Bereavement Support
  • Organisational Library Resource
  • Undertake Talks/Presentations
  • Volunteering Opportunities

Do I need to Be A Member of Your Organisation To Access Services?

The simple answer is NO. However, non-members will not receive our quarterly newsletter and will not be able to book a confirmed Carer Break or receive the member discount.

What Is A Carer Break?

The organisation is able to offer short breaks to people who need time to recharge their batteries or who simply need to get away from the day to day caring responsibilities for a weekend or week at our respite caravan cited at Seton Sands Holiday Village which is situated in the heart of East Lothian’s countryside and only two minutes from the beach.

Facilities on site include:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Wooded adventure play area
  • Family Amusements
  • Multi-Sports Court
  • Bike Hire
  • Laundrette
  • Family Entertainment
  • Bingo, live music, acts, bands, karaoke, themes weekends and lots more

We will be happy to forward to you a copy of the organisations Caravan Guidelines and Booking Form, which you should complete and submit for consideration. We will write to you to inform you if your application has been successful/unsuccessful.

Our Aims Are

  • To ensure our services are person centred and focused
  • To ensure that our services are effective and meet the needs of individuals and families to allow each and every person the opportunity to help themselves cope and manage their own life and make informed decisions
  • To ensure access to our services are equitable allowing flexibility, tailored to meet the needs of individuals and ensuring access and delivery of service at the point of need
  • To ensure our standard of service provision is of the highest quality, safe and confidential
  • To involve service users in the planning, development and delivery of services
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers are fully supported and trained
  • To work with partner agencies (statutory and non statutory) and act as an advocate to campaign on behalf of people affected or infected and to effect change in treatment, support and ensure HIV remains on the public agenda
  • To ensure the information provided is up-to-date and effective