I was an Officer within Lothian and Borders Police for twelve years, working in various teams and departments, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, there was no such thing as part time policing in those days, so after the birth of my daughter, I decided to leave.
As my children got older, I worked within Community Education as a Group Worker for troubled and troublesome teenagers, eventually training as a Social Worker. After qualifying it had been my intention to work with children and families, but after a placement working with older adults, I was hooked. I found this often neglected age group fascinating and their life stories so interesting. I have continued to work in this area ever since.
Both my previous occupations, policing and social work, have involved working directly with people who need support in some way or another. My background allows me to offer practical support and advice, such as assisting clients navigate the often complex system of welfare benefits, or provide support when making life changing decisions; such as a move into sheltered accommodation or considering the various options of long term residential care. Making such decisions can be stressful and even frightening for some. Having recently successfully completed a Counselling Skills Course, I am much better placed to assist clients and their families with these transitions of life.