Norma’s role at Staf is to ensure we create a strong voice for those who help care leavers, and that behind everything we do is the voice of care leavers themselves. Norma has a background in both working with young people and also in organisational growth, having successfully built two learning and development organisations with strong membership bases. She has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers, ministers and practitioners in the field. She also has knowledge of building communities online. Norma has been working in the charity sector for the past few years and also has a degree in education.
In her spare time, Norma enjoys yoga, and until recently took part in military fitness.
Strategic Lead: Learning and Development
With 17 years of experience delivering projects and working with vulnerable young people, and 9 years working at Staf, Pamela’s role is to take the strategic lead for the learning and development needs of our members. She works with other stakeholders to ensure we keep our finger on the pulse of policy and practice developments. Pamela also creates discussions around current and emerging themes, for example supported lodgings and regional groups. Pamela has a degree in Community Education, and is interested in how small things can make a big difference.
She’s also a music lover, a great cook, a lifelong learner, a mum, a wife, a lover of literature, and an occasional singer.
Youth Development Worker
Ruairi joins us in March 2017 from his previous role at Include Youth. He will lead on the Improving Lives project and expand the Voices’ interaction across Scotland.
His experience includes working with care-experienced young people, sharing their voices, mentoring programmes, and liaising with a wide range of professionals. He has a degree in Criminology from Glasgow Caledonian University, and a masters in Youth Justice.
As well as having a great CV, Ruairi ‘walks the talk’ through his volunteering. He is passionate about children’s rights, and supports Care4Calais by coordinating fundraising activities and delivering aid.
IT and Digital Media Leader
Cheryl was one of the founding members of the Debate Project, having left foster care and moved to Glasgow to study archaeology. Cheryl is currently working towards a degree in Computing and IT. Having worked in a variety of administrative roles in banking, and advertising, Cheryl joined the team at Staf in October 2013. Her current role primarily involves ensuring that all things IT are working correctly, including the website and office computers.
When not working or studying, Cheryl enjoys spending time with and looking after her cat (Kimmi) and tropical fish, DIY and occasionally scuba diving in the many dive locations across the west of Scotland.
Sandra has worked for many years in learning and development, providing training workshops and individual coaching for a wide range of people and managing a variety of projects for various types of businesses. In her most recent role, before joining Staf, she was involved in the recruitment and ongoing support and management of 20 young modern apprenticeships embarking on a career at sea.
In her spare time, Sandra loves spending time with her sons (having to visit London to see one of them!) and is heavily involved in Scouting as an assistant district commissioner for adult training, having spent many years as a Cub Scout Leader with the Glasgow (Disabled) Scouts. She is a member of her local book club and enjoys a good sci-fi or detective story.
Alex worked with Glasgow City Council for 27 years in administration. Since leaving the council, Alex has been involved in a variety of voluntary positions, including volunteering with Staf. In June, Staf was awarded with funding through Shaw Trust to host Alex’s employment for 6 months as Office Administrator.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys visiting museums and art galleries, as well as reading history and detective novels.
The Voices Team
The Voices Facilitator
Simone recently took on the role of Young Facilitator, having previously been part of the project’s steering group. Her interest in taking part was prompted by her own experience of the care system. Simone’s role in The Voices is to make sure young people’s voices aren’t drowned out.
She is currently studying in University of Stirling doing her Social Work Degree, and is working towards her goal of becoming a children and families social worker.
She is also involved in looking to establish East Renfrewshire’s Champions Board and involved in working with Life Changes Trust as part of a CEYP advisory group for Aspirational Awards. Simone is also a young mother to her daughter Lilly which is one of her proudest achievements.
The Voices Facilitator
Saffron has recently completed her HND in Business at City of Glasgow College, and is due to start at Strathclyde Business School in September 2016.
Saffron has a range of experience, including working in East Renfrewshire’s ‘Family Firm’, and being CELCIS’ first modern apprentice. Saffron is now involved in a project with the Life Changes Trust, working as part of a care experienced young person’s advisory group which is creating an aspirational award scheme for care leavers. She is also involved in the newly established Champions Board at East Renfrewshire Council.
Saffron has been involved in Staf’s The Voices project since its inception and is passionate about its aims to give young people a voice for their care experience.
James has a background in computing, receiving an HND in Computer Science from Edinburgh College. He has also studied English Language at the University of Edinburgh. He moved to Glasgow in summer 2013 and hasn’t looked back. He currently provides administrative and ICT support to the rest of the team at Staf on a voluntary basis.
When not at Staf, James can be found reading an eclectic mix of literature, listening to music, playing video games at home, relaxing with friends over a game of D&D, or going on long walks around Glasgow and its environs, usually whilst listening to an audiobook.
Honorary Member Volunteer
Mike worked as a social worker in Clydebank from 1982 until 1988 before managing the throughcare and aftercare service in West Dunbartonshire for almost 27 years, a service characterised by an emphasis on making positive and purposeful relationships with young people and key colleagues and partners. Mike believes passionately in developing a range of services for young people which are aspirational, inspirational, effective and appropriate.
Mike also helped establish Staf and was the inaugural recipient awarded Honorary Membership of Staf in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the advancement of looked after young people and care leavers.