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.
Richard Waite, Independant Social Worker
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.
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.
Libby Yule, Literacy Consultant
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.
Rosie Connor, Team Leader
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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.
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.
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.