Allison is one of the managers of our Community Projects Edinburgh team. We caught up with Allison to learn a bit more about her and her work.
What did you do before you came to Waverley Care?
I was a Mental Health Nurse. I worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse prior to moving to Edinburgh from Dumfries. This is 17 years ago now – time surely does fly!
How did you first get involved with Waverley Care?
When I moved to Edinburgh I had already heard of Waverley Care from my work within the health sector. I had limited experience of HIV and Hepatitis C work and I’d never worked in the voluntary sector before, but the charity really appealed to me.
How long have you worked at Waverley Care and what roles have you had?
I’ve been with the charity for over 10 years. I started as a Senior Project Worker in Milestone’s residential unit. This involved looking at all aspects of care including changing the focus from dying from, to living with, a blood borne virus. We recognised that people would do well during their stay at Milestone but would often return to their same chaotic lives once back home. My role then developed to bridge the gap between leaving Milestone to living back in the community.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love the people I work with and the service users. The fact that the service is organic and changes to meet the needs of the service users is really special. No two days at work are the same so boredom is never an issue!
What do you do in your spare time?
I walk my lovely big scruffy dog. I also love to read – particularly crime novels. My favourite authors are Val McDermid, Patricia Cornwall, Jo Nesbo, Kathy Reich, Michael Crichton and Dean Crawford. My daughter and I are frequently found relaxing and people watching in one of the many coffee shops Edinburgh has to offer.
What is your favourite food and drink?
Sadly for my diet, anything sweet! Particularly muffins and chocolate. On the drinks side, I like Alta Rica coffee and red wine.
What is your favourite film?
‘Lord of the Rings’.
Who inspires you?
People – I admire people’s ability to stay strong and adapt to change, to deal with what life throws at them with amazing resilience and yet maintain optimism and hope.