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Senior support worker
I was working in a Social work Children’s Centre in Edinburgh 1990. I was key working a family who were living with HIV, at this time there was little knowledge about the condition. I went on the first volunteer training course at Milestone House, then a hospice, I wanted to learn more about HIV so I could learn how to best support the family I was working with and gain more knowledge of HIV. In 1991, I started in a new role with SOLAS, Edinburgh’s first support and Information service for people living with and affected by HIV. My role was to set up a Children and Families service, 29years on and the service is well established and has supported large numbers of children, young people and their families.
I have always worked with children and young people; I spent many years working as a youth worker in various locations in Edinburgh. I worked for several years in Wester Hailes as well as South of the city at Inch House. I enjoy supporting children and young people to achieve their goals and reach their full potential, no matter how long this may take and what hurdles and challenges they may encounter along the way.
I enjoy working with such a brilliant staff team, everyone is so supportive and people are always willing to offer support or share their skills. The team are very talented and creative and always flexible, adapting the service to meet the ever changing needs of HIV and Hepatitis C. I enjoy group work with children and young people; they never cease to amaze me with their wisdom and knowledge. I love taking children and young people on respite holidays out of the city and into the countryside; this is when you learn so much about their lives, their hopes and their fears. Respite holidays also create memories for children and young people that will last a lifetime.
I like sea swimming, walking, films, theatre, galleries, music gigs, festivals, and chilling out with my friends.
I am inspired by the children and young people who have used Waverley Care over the years, many have come back to offer support to others through peers support and volunteering. The young people want to give back to a service who once supported them through difficult times.