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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

Homework club service

Children & young people's befriending service

Our newest service; the 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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Festive fortnight opening times

Positive Help will be closed only on the 4 public holidays over the festive season- the 25th and 26th December and the 1st and 2nd January. We are likely to have reduced capacity for service delivery over the festive fortnight but still intend to run all 4 of our services.

On the days Positive Help is closed, we thought these numbers could be useful:
* Emergency Social Work
0800 731 6969
* Crisis Centre - 0808 801 0414
* NHS 24 - 111

Please also check our news article (Read more ») which details ways in which you can better prepare for this period.

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