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Who We Are

Our Organisation

Established in 1992 Firsthand Lothian aims to increase resiliency and improve well-being of vulnerable, disadvantaged families and families with a child or children with a disability. Delivered in the family home and local community we provide support and regular respite for parents, children and families affected by having a child with a disability from birth to 18 years of age.

We are a charity and a company limited by guarantee. Our Service is registered with the Care Inspectorate and was achieved a  Grade 6 - Excellent - for the Quality of our Care and Support at our most recent inspection in March 17 -  InspectionReport- March 2017.pdf

We are contracted by the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver Early Years Services in the family home to lone parent families with children under 5 years of age and couples with a child/ren with a disability who is under 5 years of age.

In order to offer a wider range of services that meets the needs of children, young people and families who are vulnerable and / or disadvantaged we are continuing to seek funding from Trusts and Grants and generate income through fundraising activities and individual donations. We are committed to being able to develop and deliver a range of projects which meet the needs of the increasing level of enquiries we receive each week for home based services within Edinburgh and the Lothians.

We are currently in receipt of Trust funding from Better Breaks,  Volant & Children in Need which enables us to work with children who have a diagnosed disability within the family home and local community on a regular basis for up 75 hours per family.

Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Firsthand Lothian strives to maintain an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harrassment.  Our purpose is to ensure equitable treatment of applicants, employees, volunteers, children, young people and families.  

Our office based staff team

Bev Read                         Director

Evie Threlfall                   Family Support Co-ordinator  ( Mon, Wed & Fri) 

Jan Holden                      Lead Worker 

Debbie MacAulay             Family Support Worker ( Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Marianne Gray                 Family Support Worker ( Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat)

Romana Podgorska         Admin Support ( Monday -Thursday mornings )

David Clement                  Finance and Accounts  ( Friday )

We are currently recruiting Board Members and are particulalry interested in people who have knowledge of HR /Personell,  Information Technology and/or who have experience of being a parent of young children or children with additional support needs.  See the Role description and committment required below - and feel free to phone or email should you require any further information. 

Board Members Required.docx 

Roles responsibilities -Board Members.doc

Board of Directors

Sue Robertson              Convenor

Shona Campbell           Treasurer

Kate Smith                     Vice Convenor

Antonia Clark

Kay Wilson

Elaine Howatson

Sian Aitken 

Summary of Board Members - updated Nov 18.docx

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