The driving force in Cath’s life is to serve people who are marginalised in society. This started during her life as an undergraduate at Maryland University, Washington DC, where she discovered poverty and homelessness. Cath left university to start a ‘soup run’ in 1982 in the States and then went on to Tijuana in Mexico where she worked with street children for a year.
On return to the UK in 1984, Cath started working for the St. James Night Shelter in Southampton, an emergency homeless accommodation for men. She moved to Manchester in 1989 to open and develop a day centre for homeless people with mental health difficulties.Cath moved back to Glasgow to take up the post of Project Manager of the Priesthill Core and Cluster Service of The Richmond Fellowship, which then, after a couple of years, became The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, where she worked for six years.
She has been a Non-Executive Director of The Richmond Fellowship Board for the past seven years.
Cath then moved the criminal justice organisation SACRO and was Senior Manager for ten years before she moved to The Lilias Graham Trust. She has been the Chief Executive of the charity for the past eleven years.
Dr Robert Lindsay has been at The LGT since 2010, working as the Consultant Psychiatrist and Family Therapist. Robert offers a psychiatrist’s view of individual adults and children during their placements. He also uses family therapy training to help staff understand dysfunctional relationships within families.
Robert retired from the NHS but continues to run an independent practice. He says he hopes that The LGT can begin to evaluate the services it provides so that the model might be better known and understood elsewhere.
Shaun has worked with children and families for over thirty years. For twenty of those years, he worked as a social worker and manager in a Local Authority. In 2007 he became an independent social worker, consultant and trainer working with a number of organisations in the public, charitable and independent sector.
For the last couple of years, Shaun has also been studying and researching at the University of Dundee, where he sometimes works as an associate lecturer and tutor in social work. Shaun is the LGT social work consultant providing ongoing assessment and end of placement assessment of families
As a health visitor, Dee met with families at The Lilias Graham Trust for many years, before she became our Family Health Consultant in 2014. She advises families on health and wellbeing.
Dee lives in Killin and is also a Foster Carer.
Craig has been involved in helping children and families since 2003. He began his career working with young people in social care settings and for the past ten years, he has been employed as a local authority educational psychologist.
Craig has a particular interest in positive psychology and uses his strengths-based, solution-focused approach to help families overcome life’s challenges and thrive.
Craig enjoys being part of the multi-disciplinary team at LGT and believes that the nurturing ethos and family centred environment is the most effective way to support parents with their children.
As well as working individually with children using Play Therapy, she is also trained in Filial Play Therapy and will work with parents and children together. This work helps parents to use play to develop their attachment and strengthen their relationship with their child to improve family function.
She also has training and experience in attachment-based parenting approaches and values the opportunity to work with families as early as possible to improve the possibility of better outcomes.
Claire Thomson, Administration & Finance Manager
Claire has been working at The LGT for ten years, as the Administration & Finance Manager. She looks after The Lilias Graham Trust’s office administration, finance and book-keeping, personnel files and acts as the Board and Companies House liaison.
Claire says that witnessing successful outcomes for families is the most rewarding part of working for the charity and she hopes that The LGT can continue to provide an even better facility for giving families a chance in the future, as well as the continuation of the Outreach Project.
Amy has been with The Lilias Graham Trust since 2013. Her role within the charity as Service Manager is to support the families who stay at the residential facility and help them to develop a greater understanding about what a child needs from their parents in order to feel safe and secure. Amy also manages The LGT’s team of Family Support Workers. She says that working within a small, specialised service allows the team to build good relationships with the families and support them whilst strengthening their family relationships.
Amy says that she feels privileged to share some of the most special times with parents and their children. Outside of work, Amy loves spending time with her friends and family, and her two dogs. She hopes that The Lgt can continue to deliver services for families that support them to live together safely in their own community.
Ali began working for The Lilias Graham Trust in 2013, taking up the Senior Practitioner for the Outreach Service in 2014. She is responsible for providing support to families after their assessment period at the residential facility, helping parents to sustain family life when they return home.
Ali says the best thing about her job is working with the families. She feels privileged to be invited into family homes and work with parents as they continue to make progress within the community. Outside of work, Ali enjoys spending time with her son Dylan, walking with her dog Lola, travelling and eating out with family and friends. Ali hopes that the charity will continue to provide an Outreach Service o families and says she is looking forward to the new and future developments of accommodation, which will allow the support of additional families.
Barbora Repiscak, Team Leader
Barbora began working at The Lgt in 2015 and says that she loves the friendly atmosphere and being able to work with experienced staff. Barbora helps parents and families so that they, in turn, can help their children to reach their full potential.
She says that her favourite thing about The Lilias Graham Trust is working with people who really care and want to help families stay together.
Outside of work, Barbora enjoys exploring Scotland through cycling and hiking.
Rhona has been working for The Lgt for over eight years, initially starting out as a volunteer and housekeeper before she became a Family Support Worker. Rhona supports the families on residential placements with all aspects of everyday parenting – from feeding and bathing to budgeting and cooking. She helps parents to develop the skills they need to care for their children before they go home.
Rhona says that seeing the families achieving their goals whilst they are at The Lgt is one of the most rewarding parts of her job. She hopes that The Lgt will continue to expand its accommodation so that it can help more families.
David started working at The Lilias Graham Trust four and a half years ago. His role as a Family Support Worker involves helping the families that stay on residential placements in learning how to care for and bond with their children.
David says that seeing families go home together is the best part of his job and he hopes that The Lgt’s new family suite will allow the charity to help even more families in the future.
Leanne particularly enjoys seeing the parents’ confidence grow in their interaction with their children and seeing each of families relationships strengthen through this.
In her spare time, Leanne loves spending time with her family and friends.
Fraser has been involved with the Lgt for over three years, starting as a volunteer before becoming a sessional family Support Worker while he gained his HNC in Early Education and Childcare and took up the role of a full-time Family Support Worker.
Fraser works closely with the families supporting them to learn new ways to care for and interact with their children to help build strong Attachments.
He says the most rewarding part of working at the LGT is watching the families grow and develop their parenting skills together and leaving LGT as confident, competent parents.
Joe is one of The Lilias Graham Trust’s longest-running members of staff – having worked at the charity for the past ten years. His job involves supporting the families in their day to day lives and helping them to reach their full potential as parents. Joe says the work he does varies significantly and that no two days at The Lgt are ever the same! He says the best part of his job is watching families grow in confidence, through their self-belief, self-determination and their ability to see the world in a much more focused and structured way. When Joe isn’t a work, he enjoys playing football going fishing and rock climbing, but above all of his other hobbies, his favourite thing to do is spend time with his three beautiful children, frequently watching Disney films!
Joe says it is incredible that The Lgt can offer the services it does to help families, but that there are so many more families out there that need support to overcome alienation and poverty. He says he is very excited that The Lgt is expanding its accommodation so that the charity can help even more of these families in the future.
Clare says she really enjoys her job and loves seeing parents interact with their children. When she isn’t at work, Clare likes to travel to new places and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Cheryl is an Assistant Family Support Worker at The Lgt. She began working for the charity in November last year and thoroughly enjoys working alongside the Family Support Workers in the friendly ambience of Lgt. Cheryl says she loves working at Lgt as it is always interesting and every day is different. She really enjoys having the opportunity to work with a wide range of families and to support both parents and children to grow and blossom. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys travelling to new places and eating out with her friends and family.
Julie has worked as the Housekeeper at The Lilias Graham Trust for three years. Her job involves the general cleaning of the main house and also the preparation of the family accommodation units for new families to move in. Julie says her favourite part of the job is meeting all of the families, especially the babies!
Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with her partner and three year old daughter, as well as with her friends. She hopes that The Lgt will continue to expand and help more and more families to come.
Stephen makes sure that everything is working in the accommodation units for new families moving in and carries out emergency repairs. Stephen also helps families when they move out of The Lilias Graham Trust and on to new accommodation, with general DIY and decorating.