Positive Help

Charity registered in Scotland SC008382

Positive Help offers practical help to people affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The four core services are delivered by a team of trained volunteers. The services provided include: Befriending for children and young people; Home Support (cleaning, de-cluttering, painting, DIY, gardening, and other domestic tasks); a free Transport service, which helps people to get to and from medical appointments as well as support groups or local supermarkets; and Study Buddies, a homework mentoring service for children.

Current opportunities

Our volunteer drivers provide service users with lifts to hospital or GP appointments so that they can access vital medical care and treatment. They also help service users to get to support groups, supermarkets and other activities, as well as collecting and delivering prescriptions and helping to take children to playgroups. Drivers quickly get to know service users and build up a rapport with them, making it a really sociable and rewarding role. Volunteers can use their own car or we can arrange a hire car.

Study Buddy volunteers work with a child or young person for a minimum of six months on reading, writing, numeracy, or a secondary school subject. This will not only improve their learning development, it will have a big impact on their confidence and self esteem. After the homework is done, the volunteers take the child out for a bite to eat before taking them home. In the school holidays get stuck in with a mini project and visit exciting places around Edinburgh.

Positive Help staff work hard to make good matches between our young people and volunteers. Once a suitable match has been made, the befrienders will meet with the child or young person fortnightly and engage in a fun activity together. This can range from a visit to the Zoo, picnic in the park, a cinema trip or a outing to a cafe. Our befrienders are trained to understand the complexities of living with HIV and Hep C.

Positive Helps's home support servive makes a very direct impact on quality of life for those affected by the symptoms of HIV or Hep C and the often debilitating side effects of combination drugs therapies. With home support our client's quality of life can be transformed on a day to day basis, for example providing them with a clean comfortable home. Positive Help offers home support on both a regular and a one-off basis.