Maruska joined the organisation in July 2008. Her role is strategy, organisational development, leadership and financial management. Maruska has worked in the voluntary sector for around 20 years largely in organisations focused on health and wellbeing. Maruska has a strong commitment to community development, social justice and equality. Originally Dutch, her engagement with the LGBT community’s political and cultural life goes back to her arrival in Edinburgh over 25 years ago, and has included campaigning against Section 28, working in West and Wilde Bookshop and volunteering for the Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.
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Head of Services
Stacey joined the organisation in May 2012. Her role is to oversee the delivery and continuous development of the organisation’s diverse range of services. Stacey has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and much of her experience has been managing mental health, supported living and young people’s services. Stacey has a degree in Social Work and a post graduate qualification in management. Stacey has served as a board member of another third sector organsation. Throughout her career Stacey has been passionate social justice and being part of organisations that that have a lasting impact on people’s lives.
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Annette joined the organisation in April 2014. Her role is to manage all of our Edinburgh services and also has responsibility for managing a small project that LGBT Health are carrying out in Fife. Annette has considerable experience of working within the voluntary sector in Fife, Edinburgh and Belfast. She has a degree in Social Sciences and post grad qualifications in Health Promotion and Addictions. Annette has a particular interest in community health development, mental health and addictions. Throughout her working life, a key motivator for Annette has been to do her bit in creating a more equal and just society, in which everyone will benefit. Crucial to this is helping individuals to improve their health and wellbeing.
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Community Development Worker
Jules joined the organisation in 2010. Her role as Community Development Worker is to deliver a programme of events and activities that offers LGBTQI people the opportunity to socialise and feel connected to a community. This fun and varied programme of events is enriched by the Events Team volunteers and the activities of a number of community led groups, which Jules coordinates and supports. A Batchelor of Arts degree in Film and Media led to Jules spending 8 years working in radio broadcasting, as well as performing music and hosting events in and around Edinburgh. Her passion for bringing people together and providing safe spaces for people to explore and be themselves remains at the core of her role, delivering the Special Events programme, Rainbow Families and the Lothian Transgender Support Programme.
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Development Worker (Lothian Trans Support Programme)
Sylvia joined the organisation in July 2018. In their role they offer support to trans individuals through one-to-one appointments, provide resources and practical information, and develop and deliver group activities and events focused on peer support within the trans community. They have a BA degree in Linguistics and a post grad degree in Rhetoric. Sylvia worked for 11 years as a writing professional, mostly in tech companies, and prior to that in the university setting where she taught language and writing courses. Sylvia has also been running a community group supported by LGBT Health & Wellbeing called New Beginnings, since September 2016, which supports LGBTQIA+ people coming out at some point in adulthood. They have a passion for making an impact in the LGBTQIA+ community, building empowering spaces for people to find community and support, and fighting for social justice.
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Claire joined the organisation in June 2016 as the Counselling Coordinator of the Edinburgh counselling service. Trained as a Gestalt Therapist at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, prior to working at LGBT Health and Wellbeing Claire was in private practice. Before that, she was a journalist for 15 years writing for newspapers and magazines. Claire has a deep commitment to social justice and equality and a belief in the radical potential of counselling and therapy to change and improve lives.
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Development Worker (Mental Health)
Alison designs and leads on delivery of LGBT Headspace, our mental health and wellbeing programme. She spends her time at LGBT Health running groups and workshops, meeting people for individual appointments, helping organisations recognise the needs of LGBT people’s mental health and supporting volunteers to help deliver on various projects. Alison is qualified as an art therapist and believes passionately that the arts are something that can have a positive impact on people’s mental health.
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Stephen joined to organisation in 2011. He was delighted to be appointed as Helpline Coordinator in 2013 when the organisation was awarded funding from the Scottish Government to expand our existing Lothian helpline into a Scotland-wide LGBT service. Stephen has been involved in LGBT cultural/musical activism for over 15 years, as well as having a background in counselling LGBT communities. He believes passionately in liberation, with his particular interests being LGBT rights and social/class equality. Stephen is proud to have worked as a cleaner before joining LGBT Health and Wellbeing, even though he hated it!
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Finance & HR Worker
Louise joined the organisation in May 2012 and works part-time. Her main role as Finance and HR Worker is to oversee and maintain the organisation’s finance function including paying invoices, expenses and liaising with our payroll providers. Louise also prepares organisation wide and project-specific financial statements and reports for funders and the organisation’s Annual Accounts.
In addition Louise, provides Human Resources support to all members of staff. Louise qualified as an Accountant (ACCA) in 1996 and previously worked in the private sector for 13 years before having a career break to raise her family.
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Communications and Evaluation Worker
Camille joined the organisation in August 2015. Her role as a Communications and Evaluation Worker is to lead the overall promotion and evaluation systems of the organisation. After studying Media and Cultural Studies, she graduated with a degree in Arts and Cultural Management which led her to work and volunteer in community festivals and theatres, auditing outreach strategies and developing more accessible ones. Camille strongly believes in personal and community empowerment and is committed to local and grassroots initiatives. She is proud to support the work of LGBT Health and Wellbeing in providing safe environments for people to explore freely who they are and thrive.
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Alan joined the organisation in August 2015 and works part time providing administration support for the team, overseeing the smooth running of the office. Alan has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years and is dedicated to equality issues.
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Rachel is a 40 something transgender woman who has volunteered with LGBT Health and Wellbeing for a year in an Administrative role and about 6 months on the Helpline. When the opportunity came up to work for the organisation she grabbed it with both hands. Rachel brings a broad range of experience to the organisation from working in public libraries, pharmaceutical research and working for the HMRC. She also has an extensive knowledge of transgender related issues from her own personal experience and look forward to the opportunity to improve the lives of LGBT+ individuals wherever she can.
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