Passionate about volunteering and the difference it can make, Gemma began her career as a biochemist, eventually making a career change into community development as a result of her extensive volunteering experience.
Since then, she has worked in youth work, international development, and with health charities, joining the team managing the Scottish Government’s Promoting Equality and Cohesion fund in 2018.
Her personal and professional goal is to be part of change towards an inclusive and equal society, and she finds it extremely rewarding to be able to support organisations doing essential work in this area.
Outside of work, Gemma continues to be an active volunteer mostly with local organisations and loves exploring new outdoor places with her family. She also loves singing, playing guitar, and making things, and has spent lots of time during lockdown doing DIY, crocheting, and sewing.
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 childmindersRead More
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 manyRead More
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 myRead More