The theme of this year’s annual report is inspiration, and I find inspiration at Quarriers every day. Quarriers Executive Team and Board of Trustees regularly visit our services across the country, and it’s impossible not to be inspired and moved by the work we see. Transformative diagnoses at The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre. Supporting carers to take some time out. Helping young people to cope when times are tough. Supporting people to speak out about what is important to them. There are fantastic examples of the work we do throughout this report, but this is just the tip of the iceberg: our phenomenally dedicated staff are changing lives every single day.
Quarriers is playing a full and active part in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which is continuing throughout 2019 in Edinburgh. We wholeheartedly support the intended outcomes of the Inquiry, and offer again our full and unequivocal apology to anyone who suffered abuse while in our care.
I personally will be representing Quarriers at the Inquiry. We are committed to participating in an open and transparent manner, because Quarriers believes that all survivors of child abuse have the right to be heard.
While acknowledging the wrongs of the past, we are proud of our role in supporting vulnerable children and families throughout our history, and we are proud of the work we continue to do throughout Scotland. We are committed to providing the highest standards of care for the people we support today.
As we move forward and develop our services – 2018 saw the expansion of our award-nominated Let’s Talk Service, and the opening of Borders Resilience for Wellbeing Service and our Mearns View Service which provides specialist support for people living with autism – our focus never wavers from the people we support. They continue to shape our services, and in turn, inspire us with their determination and positivity.
Quarriers Chief Executive
Directors (Board of Trustees)
Tom Scholes – Chairperson
Sheila Gillies – Vice Chairperson
Linda Bailey (until July 2018)
Prof. Michael Greaves
Heather McKinlay (from December 2017)
Donald McRae (until September 2018)
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
*These directors, although designated as directors, are not statutory directors.