We are a small voluntary organisation based in Stonehaven, Scotland, supporting people in and around Kincardine and the Mearns who are coping with serious emotional, social or mental health difficulties. We operate from the "Crossroads" carer centre in Barclay Street, Stonehaven but use a number of community facilities in Stonehaven, Inverbervie, Portlethen and Laurencekirk.
As well as benefitting from the service that Pillar provides, members play an active part in the running of the organisation through a formal Users Forum and by becoming elected user representatives on the Board of Directors.
The composition of the Board and its procedures are governed by Pillar's constitution which aims to achieve a balance between member representatives and suitably qualified volunteers. Directors are elected at each Annual General Meeting and must adhere to a Code of Conduct consistent with the Philosophy, Mission and Values which inform the work of Pillar.
Senior staff including the Company Secretary and other non-voting professional advisers also attend Board meetings.
There are four staff members currently in post (January 2018):
Moira Hurry, Service Manager – Gillian Grochla, Team Leader – Kirsty Greenhowe, Administration Officer – Kirsty Towler, Senior Support Worker
The current staff team share backgrounds in Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Community Education and Administration.
We encourage applications to our volunteer positions from people with lived experience of mental health problems. Suitably qualified persons who may wish to add to their professional, life or work experience by engaging with Pillar members, and/or by serving on the Board as volunteer Directors, will be warmly welcomed.
Pillar Kincardine staff and volunteers have a variety of qualifications and experience – in Social Work, Psychology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Community and Adult Learning, Music, Photography, Nursing and Health and Social Care. The qualified staff are required to keep their professional registrations up to date, and are encouraged to pursue professional development opportunities whenever possible.
Staff work alongside members to identify individual personal goals through recovery focussed interview and to plan how these will be achieved. They support members to recognise and recover their own skills and to establish what tools and networks of support they require to develop these further, with progress monitored through Personal Support Plans and regular review.