Gillian manages both of Sight Scotland Veterans' activity hubs – the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley and the Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian. The two centres offer daily activities and support to our veterans with sight loss.
Gillian worked as the Hawkhead Centre's Deputy Manager when it first opened its doors in 2017, before being promoted to the Centre Manager role. She began managing the Linburn Centre in 2021.
Gillian brings an array of experience to her role with Sight Scotland Veterans. She has worked in social care for the past 14 years in a variety of services, including Older People, Learning Disabilities, Dementia and Mental Health.
Gillian said: “I love the variety that working with Sight Scotland Veterans brings. No two days are the same here. On a typical day at the Hawkhead Centre, we have over 40 of our regularly attending members arrive to take part in our activities here, including archery, cooking and IT. The next day, we can be hosting a huge Reunion lunch of over 100 people, for veterans from a variety of areas.
“We are very fortunate to have wonderful facilities within the centre, which means we can also host many of our partners from other VI organisations, veterans services and other community partners including our local schools. It is very important to me that the centre and our members are involved within, and seen as an important part of our local community.
“The most rewarding part of my role is supporting our members to achieve the wishes and goals that they have.
“It is refreshing to be part of an organisation who take these things into account and a pleasure to work so closely with our members, who have all had such interesting and varied lives and have such a forward thinking and determined outlook despite some of their own personal experiences.”