I was born in Edinburgh, brought up in sunny Leith and now live in Craigentinny. I went into employment on leaving secondary school and worked for a high street retailer. Alongside my paid employment, I started volunteering with Headway at the Astley Ainslie Hospital and Turning Point in Leith. My voluntary roles prompted a change of career and I gained employment as a Day Centre Officer supporting adults with complex physical and learning difficulties in their local communities.
Over the past few years, I have been employed within the voluntary sector supporting unpaid carers in Midlothian and East Lothian. During this period, I have undertaken the following roles: Senior Development Worker for the Financial Inclusion Project, Training Co-ordinator for unpaid carers & Older Peoples Day Centres, Interim Centre Manager and B.M.E Carer Support Worker.
In each of these roles I had lead responsibility on project management & development. This included reporting to funders, project evaluation & monitoring and partnership working with key statutory, private and third sector organisations.
Overall, I have acquired over eighteen years of direct professional and personal experience in providing support to individuals with disabilities and their carers. I gained considerable experience, in particular, with empowering traditionally hard to reach groups in society.
My passion is firmly in developing services and empowering people to fulfill their maximum potential and have their voices heard. I would like to take the opportunity to utilise my experience in supporting my local community through involvement in public life.
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