Chief Executive Officer
I have been with CVS Falkirk for the last 8 years, moving from Volunteering Development Manager to Operations Manager, where my focus is on developing, promoting and supporting our four core functions.
Before joining CVS Falkirk I was with Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire for 7 years, developing volunteering both operationally and strategically. I am passionate about volunteering and have been instrumental in developing new youth initiatives and projects. I bring experience in events management, employability, training and development, retail and customer service as well as operational and business development.
My role as Partnership Manager is to own, implement and continually evolve the organisation’s strategic partnership.
I have experience of working in both the private and voluntary sector in operational management roles and currently volunteer as a Director with Fife Carers Centre. My skill set includes designing outcome focussed solutions, managing change, stakeholder engagement and project management.
I am the Finance Officer and responsible for the day to day finances of the organisation. My role involves maintaining accurate financial records for CVS Falkirk and ensuring we have robust financial practices in place. My background is in accountancy, having worked in private practice before moving into the third sector.
Development Officer – Social Enterprise
In my role as Development Officer for Social Enterprise, I provide support to social enterprises at all stages of their development. This covers a wide variety of support needs from start-up information and guidance, business development support and identifying training opportunities, through to providing a voice for the Falkirk social enterprise sector at both local and national levels.
It is a challenging role but ultimately a very rewarding one, where I get to work with some fantastic and inspiring social entrepreneurs that are committed to improving peoples life chances, enhancing communities and protecting the environment.
Development Officer – Capacity Building
I am a Development Officer for Capacity Building at CVS Falkirk. I provide organisational development support to third sector organisations in the Falkirk area. This includes assisting voluntary organisations to identify and apply for grant funding, guidance and support on setting up a new charity or voluntary group, governance and training support, and helping organisations to be more effective in their management and service delivery.
My role as a Development Officer means that I support third sector organisations in the Falkirk area, in order to improve and expand on their abilities.
I have previously volunteered and worked with local and national charities in a community fundraising capacity and use this experience to support groups to look at their fundraising as well as other aspects of their work such as governance and legal structure, committee skills and sustainability.
Volunteer Coordinator Forth Valley Top Toes
I began my volunteering journey early with the Red Cross as a child, then through high school initiatives. After graduating from the University of South Wales, I took time out from my career to bring up my children. I also became the Chair of an environmental community group and volunteered with an environmental funding body.
On returning to work I helped to set up a community transport and good neighbours scheme, before taking over Forth Valley Top Toes. In my personal life, I am a keen reader and love spending time with my children, dog and gerbil.
As the Office Manager with CVS Falkirk, I am tasked with providing high quality administration services to the organisation, the CEO and the officers of the Board.
As well as managing administration services (such as telephone and personal enquiries, mail and email as necessary and respond to correspondence as applicable), I am tasked with ensuring the day to day duties within the organisation run smoothly.
Development Officer – Partner Communications
As Development Officer for Partner Communications, I am responsible for collecting and disseminating information regarding the organisation and the Falkirk area, and maintaining our social media presence. I create and distribute a weekly e-bulletin and update our website on a regular basis; I also help with event planning and press relations, and minute the third sector forums.
My background is rather varied, with a degree in journalism and a HND in business from Forth Valley College. I came to CVS Falkirk through my college course, completing my work experience with them and returning to volunteer, before I became an employee, as I enjoyed not only working in the third sector but with the team as a whole.
In my work placement role as communications assistant, I work alongside Laura, and I hope to gain new skills and experience through this role.
Throughout high school I was always keen on working in an office environment, due to the fact I had an interest in business and administrative studies. I also have experience with and enjoy working with other people. I enjoy using computers due to the fact I have strong ICT and keyboard skills and would like to use these to my advantage and further my skills and training.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, organising social and family events, such as having the family round, going walks around Falkirk with my friends and enjoying the scenery and learning more about Falkirk’s historical locations. I am looking forward to developing my skills and learning more about my desired career.
Administrative Support Forth Valley Top Toes
As Administration Support for Forth Valley Top Toes, my role is to provide support and assistance in the day to day organisational duties of the initiative, including managing diaries for each of the clinics run by Forth Valley Top Toes. My role also involves processing, collecting and updating information about existing and new clients. I enjoy meeting and assisting the volunteers, who are the backbone of our organisation.
Community Development Officer
I’m a graduate from Glasgow’s Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities, focusing mainly on IT and Engineering. Since leaving university, I’ve worked for several large profit driven organisations, before realising that helping others was a major passion and drive. As a result, I jumped at the chance of working for my local district’s TSI when the role of Community Development Officer opened.
I’m one of the newest Community Development Officers, with my primary focus being that of Camelon, Denny and Dunipace. My role revolves around ensuring that these communities are given the care and attention deserved, with my end goal of being the go-to person for all third sector related issues, activities and organisations for these communities.
I look forward to hearing from anyone from these communities with a question, idea or goal. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!
Community Development Officer
As a Community Development Officer for Health and Wellbeing in the Falkirk area, I am involved in getting communities active not just through sport but by 1 (or more) of the 5 ways people can become physically active. I also act as a strong link between CVS Falkirk and Falkirk Community Trust to get communities active by creating sports hubs throughout the area. Additionally, I work with third sector organisations and provide the support they need.
I started volunteering when I was in high school and this has ultimately led me to where I am today. When I’m not out and about in the community, I enjoy playing various sports, indulging myself in all aspects of movies and cinema and listening to the greatest hits of the 70’s and 80’s (which is the best period for music of course).
Community Development Officer
As a Community Development Officer for Maddiston, Kersiebank and Bowhouse my job is to offer support and assistance to local third sector organisations, communities and volunteers. My aim is to inspire, support and offer guidance and opportunities for the communities.
I started with CVS Falkirk as a volunteer in February 2017, where I was mainly on reception. I also had the opportunity to assist with Forth Valley Top Toes admin duties and get involved with various other projects, including Saltire Awards. I then joined the new Aspiring Communities team in January 2018 as the team’s new Administration Assistant, helping them become more familiar with the organisations in their areas, as well as managing diaries and phone calls.
On a personal note, I enjoy sewing (which I have recently taken up), adult colouring in, watching basketball (my team is Glasgow Rocks), and last but definitely not least, spending time with my lovely son and learning and growing with him.
Community Development Officer
Third Sector Impact Measurement Report Intern
I am currently completing a 10 week summer internship. In this time I will be creating the 2018 Impact Measurement Report, a piece of valuable research that shows the impact of the third sector in Falkirk. This involves carrying out and promoting the Impact Measurement Survey to third sector organisations in Falkirk, as well as collecting secondary data.
The rest of the year I am an undergraduate student at the University of Stirling. I have just completed my third year in Politics and Sociology. Other than this, I mainly enjoy eating, occasionally writing, hanging out with the universities’ Politics Society and going to the gym.