Welcome to our website!

Positive Help is a registered Scottish charity which offers volunteer led practical help to those affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Positive Help was set up in 1989 in response to requests for day to day help from those living with HIV in the Edinburgh area. Since then, our services have developed to meet the changing needs of our clients, but our original purpose remains the same though the range of people we support has broadened. We now give free practical support to people living with HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis C in and around Edinburgh.

Our charitable objectives are: “to relieve the suffering and distress of adults and children in Edinburgh and the Lothian area who are infected or affected by HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis C and their families, friends and carers”.

All support given to us through volunteering or donations is received with great thanks.


Positive Help offers four services to support those affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in the Edinburgh area:

Transport service

Home support service

Study Buddies (formerly Homework club)

Children & young people's befriending service

Our newest service; the Study Buddy Project (formerly Homework Club), is designed to provide young people affected by HIV or Hepatitis C with help with their homework and academic development.

If you wish to access any of our services then please contact us on 0131 225 4766 to discuss your request.

Confidentiality is strictly respected at all times.

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Volunteer with us!

Volunteering with Positive Help is a very rewarding experience. Not only do you have a lot of fun, learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends but by working directly with our service users, you get to see first-hand the difference your support is making.

We value and support all our volunteers as individuals and develop their volunteering role to suit their time commitments and interests so there is something for everyone.

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What's New?

Staff changes

Our Manager, Matthew Gilbert-Straw, will be heading off for 3-months of parental leave (from 9th …

Edinburgh Soup

Edinburgh Soup is an event where people come to see bands and donate to a …

Shona spreads the word

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Shona, recently delivered a training session on the topic of HIV-related stigma …

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