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HIV Street Outreach Coordinator
07395 799157 or 0141 332 email@example.com
I first saw the advert for the full time position equivalent to my post in the summer however was booked to go on holiday to Disney in Florida. When I contacted regarding this post was told to keep an eye out for future roles not thinking that within a couple of months this part time role would come up and at 3 days a week this is absolutely the perfect role for me. I am super excited to be part of Waverley Care, the remit of working with people who inject drugs is what attracted me to the role, I love working with people who can often face some of the biggest challenges in life and who are often stigmatised, I believe and hope I can be part of breaking down stigma while supporting people on their journey. As someone who has had personal experience with homelessness and a person who injected drugs, I draw my passions from those experiences that individuals can make a difference. After navigating out of drugs use, crime and homelessness then 10+ years working in business sales I found myself needing a new challenge and thought my personal experiences could help others. Since getting involved with volunteering around 3 years ago I have gone onto study social services and healthcare, and have employment experience within addictions and criminal justice work.
I am from Falkirk originally however spent 16 + years living in the south of England, most of this in Brighton, this is where I met my wife who is from America, we have two boys and I now live just outside Falkirk in Larbert after moving with my family from down south back to Scotland six years ago. My previous job was as a senior justice worker in the Falkirk area and prior to that as an addictions recovery worker throughout Forth Valley. After leaving school at 14 and not thinking I would ever study I went to college in 2015 and gained an HNC in Business.
It is still very early days so I am sure I will find many things I enjoy however so far the two that stand out are the colleagues who have all been brilliant in helping me settle in at Glasgow and also the clients, I have met with a couple of people who are accessing support through Waverley Care and already have built some strong relationships. I can tell even this early (day 9) that getting good outcomes that are right for the people we work with will be my most purposeful and meaningful part of the job.
FISHING in capitals as this is my biggest passion outside my family, I mainly fly fish for wild Scottish brown trout however have enjoyed a range of fishing outside the season which runs from March 15th to October 6th. If you see me on holiday on March 15th this is not a coincidence that this is the opening day for trout season in Scotland. In the winter months, you will often see me taking a trip to Arbroath cliffs or Anstruther harbor for winter cod fishing. While on family holidays in America I have caught, shark, cownose ray, speckled sea trout, black drum and redfish to name a few.
I get inspired by the people around me in the 3rd sector, the passions for helping others often for little personal reward financially. Clients that I have worked with inspire me as well, I have seen people who are really marginalized and often sidelined in society facing hardships most cannot even imagine however facing the difficulties head-on.