The Staff Team is led by Clare Allison as the Service Director. She is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation, basically, looking after the finances, staff rotas, service delivery and future planning. Clare has had a variety of different roles including research scientist, mediator, advocate and family support team manager and is trained in Family Therapy and systemic practice. Clare is the registered Care Manager for the Housing Support Service. She is ably assisted by Sandra Tait in her role as Assistant Manager.
Sandra has additional responsibilities as she is also a support worker within our Therapeutic Blide service. She brings more than 20 years of experience in working with people with lived experience of mental ill health. She started work at the Blide in housing support and continues to give one to one support to several people. Sandra is an excellent cook and organiser, so we rely heavily on her for organising our regular Open Days.
Housing Support is provided by Rosalind Spence. Rosalind previously worked as independent advocate supporting people with learning disabilities. She is also the coordinator for the Befriending service and has worked hard to build this service up. Rosalind trains volunteers to become befrienders and supervises the befriending partnerships.
Therapeutic Blide and the Drop-in are supported and coordinated by Sheena Leask, with many of the trips being planned by our members. Sheena has developed the drop-in to include many activities and groups, such as Crafts, knit and natter, which are very popular. Recently she took responsibility to expand the drop-in to Stromness and St. Margaret’s Hope so that more people could access Blide services. Sheena loves projects and this culminated in 2016 with the Hoy Woodland Project that mapped areas of woodland on the island of Hoy and allowed people to show their creativity through photography, poetry and crafts.
Anne Stevenson is a vital member of the team providing administration support for the whole organisation. Anne works alongside Frazer to keep the accounts in order. She is keen to support people who come to the Blide and will help them with some tasks and with open days. She helped organise staff and members to support a fashion show being held to raise money for the Blide.
Our catering team, Scott, Jackie and Sam, prepare a nutritional daily meals, Monday to Friday which must be pre-booked. Coffee, Tea, Light snacks and home bakes are also available.
In response to suggestions from our members and members of the public the Blide set up Time to Talk Counselling, in partnership with Natasha Leslie Counselling. Carol Majendie is the receptionist admin worker who organises the appointments for Time to Talk. You can find out more about this service on this site, under 'Our Services/Counselling and Living Life to the Full'.