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Debbie Zima - Inspiring Scotland

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Fund Manager - Intandem

Debbie Zima

Debbie Zima

Debbie has an insatiable curiosity for how finance can be used to help vulnerable people and communities and has spent 20 years in the social investment sector.  This journey began in Chicago at IFF one of the largest Community Development Finance Institutions in the US.

After coming to live in Scotland with her family in 2007, Debbie brought her international experience and personal passion to Social Investment Scotland where she spent 10 years, working to increase access to capital with communities across Scotland. With a keen interest in social impact and diversity and equality she has sat on various UK-wide social investment intermediary advisory groups and was instrumental in bringing Aeris (an impact investment credit rating for the CDFI sector in the US) to the UK.

She now brings her contagious energy, and positive demeanour to Inspiring Scotland to work on intandem supporting the charities to establish this national mentoring programme.

In her spare time, she loves walking her Border Terrier, running and is ‘slowly’ writing a family inter-generational cookery book.

Thrive Outdoors launches new website
12.02.2024

Thrive Outdoors launches new website

The Thrive Outdoors team has today (Monday 12 February 2024) launched a new website to showcase the work of the fund and share resources with the play and outdoor sector. The new site will be a hub for outdoor play champions, offering support, guidance and resources – a one-stop-shop for practitioners, education professionals and childminders

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Putting Infant Mental Health at the forefront with Babies in Scotland conference
09.02.2024

Putting Infant Mental Health at the forefront with Babies in Scotland conference

We kicked off the new year by hosting the first online conference of its kind in Scotland – Infant Mental Health: Babies in Scotland 2024.   This event was in partnership with the Scottish Government and was our biggest event yet with 588 people attending on the day. It was incredible to get that many

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The power of listening to young people and our partner organisations
07.02.2024

The power of listening to young people and our partner organisations

The Scottish Government has recently asked for views on their proposed Care Leavers Payment. As Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children and young people with care experience, our Fund Manager Christine was in a unique position to gather valuable insights from the young people this will affect. Here’s what she found out…    In my

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