Quarriers in 2017: making an impact

Quarriers has always been a forward-thinking organisation, and this approach is paramount as health and social care become ever more integrated. It has never been more important that we are ready to deliver responsive services which have a positive impact on the lives of the people we support.

During the past year, we have launched innovative new initiatives, including Maternal Mental Wellbeing, intandem Volunteer Mentoring and mental health service Let’s Talk, as well as expanding and developing existing services such as Coaching For Life and Enhanced Clinical Care, meaning more people can benefit from our support. Our internal business systems have undergone a transformation: we are using new technology and moving towards a hub structure to improve efficiencies across the organisation.

I have held the role of Quarriers Chief Executive for three years, and the dedication and hard work of our staff across the organisation continue to astound me every day. Our staff truly embody our organisational values, and we are committed to investing in everyone who works for Quarriers, ensuring that they too feel supported to reach their potential. We also recognise the incredible work of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time for Quarriers, and we are very proud to have attained the Investors in Volunteers Award for a third time.

We have continued to surpass industry standards, with services including The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, Quarriers Family Support Service in Dumfries and Quarriers Glen Valley Service in Quarriers Village scoring highly in inspections. Several of our services and departments have also been shortlisted by industry awards in a range of categories.

Above all, we pride ourselves on delivering person-centred services which are shaped by the needs and views of the people we support, and throughout this report, you will see evidence of the positive impact our services make. Quarriers’ support has been life-changing for Christopher, for Laura, for Westley, and thousands more. We have inspired confidence, helped families to face challenges and provided hope for the future.

Alice Harper
Quarriers Chief Executive

About us

Directors (Board of Trustees)
Tom Scholes  – Chairperson
Sheila Gillies – Vice Chairperson
Linda Bailey
Marjorie Calder
Patricia Cunningham
Graham Findlay
Alan Frizzell
Trish Godman
Prof. Michael Greaves
Andrew Kubski
Donald McRae
Nick Pascazio
George Peacock
David Watt

Executive directors*
Alice Harper – Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Williamson – Service Director and Deputy Chief Executive
Barry Ashcroft – Director of IT and Information Management
Niall MacPherson – Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Christopher Harwood

*These directors, although designated as directors, are not statutory directors.


ACES PA of the Year 2017
Finalist: Lesley-Anne Patrick – Quarriers Executive Assistant

Charity Times Awards 2017
Finalist: Excellence in Internal Communications

Investors in People: Gold

Investors in Volunteers

Laing Buisson Awards 2017
Finalist: Primary Care and Diagnostics – The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre

National Learning Disability Alliance Awards 2017
Finalist: Breaking Down Barriers – Quarriers Inclusion Team
Finalist: Sporting Chance – Quarriers Family Support Service, Dumfries

Scottish Social Services Awards 2017
Finalist: Head Above the Parapet – Quarriers Inclusion Team
Finalist: Thought Leadership – Quarriers Technology Enabled Care