Ceartas Staff Members:
There is no formal pathway into Advocacy work, or the Information Work, Peer Support and other roles that staff members carry out within Ceartas. The staff team comes from a diverse range of previous employment, and has a wide range of skills and experience.
What the staff team do have in common is empathy and compassion, respect for other people, an understanding of human rights, and being thrawn enough to do something about putting wrongs to right.
Ceartas tries its hardest to look after its staff, the organisation is a ‘Positive About Disabled People’ employer, a ‘See Me’ Pledge signatory, and has been awarded the gold Healthy Working Lives Award.
Alex has been with Ceartas since April 2016, she works across the whole range of advocacy activities, supporting people to make choices and have their rights upheld and their preferences respected.
Gemma has been with Ceartas since 2008, she is an Advocacy Worker working to support people with making choices and exercising their rights, but she also supports and supervises other members of the Advocacy team in her role as Senior.
Gordon has been with Ceartas since its inception. As well as being the Chief Executive of Ceartas, Gordon is active in the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, and has been deeply involved in developing the role of Advocacy in both the third sector and the statutory sector in East Dunbartonshire.
Katherine joined Ceartas in 2012, she previously worked with Looked After and Accommodated Children, and she has a keen interest in the Children’s Hearing system.
Linda works with Ceartas’ own peer-support groups, other groups in the area, and the wider community to promote awareness and access to Advocacy.
Michelle supports the De Cafés and all the peer-support dementia groups, as well as providing dementia information and referrals to other services .
Patricia started work for Ceartas in 2005 on a temporary basis – she’s still here! Patricia is in charge of finance, payroll and admin for Ceartas.
Ronnie is responsible for publicity materials, social media, and the website. He also searches for and applies for additional sources of funding for non-core activities.
Roy joined Ceartas in 2012, he works on the OPAL telephone line and deals with information enquiries for Ceartas. Roy does a lot of work around Power of Attorney and Guardianship, as well as helping people with to find information for issues where they are happy to advocate for themselves.
Sharon has been with Ceartas for over 15 years, starting off as an Advocacy Worker and now in charge of the day-to-day running of the service.
Outside of work, Sharon loves reading crime fiction, and is an avid book blogger.
Susie joined Ceartas in 2007, she is an Advocacy Worker with a background in Social Work. Susie supports people to have their choices respected, their rights upheld, and their views heard.