About us Meet the team Meet the team Alison Zerouk - Project Director Alison is the founder of our group. After her son was given a diagnosis of a ADHD she realised that there was no support service available for parents or carers. She initially started with a parent support group and then through discussions with the parents realised that there was a lack of services for the children and young people and that is how our youth groups began. She has worked tirelessly to get the group to where it is today. Sarah McIlravey - Dundee Project Manager Sarah originally joined the group as a volunteer after her son was diagnosed with ADHD. She has used her transferable skills from her background in retail management to take on any role that is needed of her in the group. She uses the knowledge she has had to gain as a parent of a child with ADHD to support other parents within the group. Lynne Kelly - Support and Development Officer Having worked and studied for 8 years within the Business sector Lynne decided that this line of work was not for her. Instead, her love of volunteering with the Barnardos Family Support Team in Dundee shaped her path and encouraged her to embark in a degree in Community Learning and Development. . In 2008 Lynne joined the team at Angus Carers Centre as a Development Worker, passionately developing services for unpaid Carers who were experiencing a challenging time within their caring role. More recently, Lynne’s role focussed solely on developing services for parent carers. Throughout her working life, Lynne has worked alongside and supported adults/children and families who experience the condition ADHD and this has fuelled her desire to make sure these families feel empowered, informed, listened to and supported to cope well with the challenges their situation may bring. Away from her working life, Lynne has a caring role herself, and enjoys letting off steam at the gym and walking with her dog. Gemma Goodrum - Family Support Worker and Youth Group worker Gemma first came to us as a Youth Worker in our new Angus Youth Group. She has now also taken the role as our Family Support Worker alongside Lynne. Gemma has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology of Mental Health, with lots of experience in a support worker role and great knowledge of ADHD that will benefit our families. Gemma loves Arts and Crafts using a variety of different materials. Jessie Bruce - Development Officer Jessie has a background in working in charities and with the social enterprise network both in Dundee and Scotland. She has been with us for the last 4 years as our development officer. When not writing funding applications Jessie can be found on the beach with her beloved dog Tilly. Jetta Aitchison - Researcher Jetta began her time with us as a Research Assistant when we were carrying out our research into The Unmet Needs of ADHD in Dundee and Angus in 2017. Since then she has graduated with a Forensic Psychobiology degree and taught English in a Primary School for a year in sunny Barcelona. At the start of 2020 she began an exciting project for us looking into the experiences of children and young people affected by ADHD in Dundee and Angus. David Hay -Sports Co-ordinator Davie has been working in Sports for 13years, he began as volunteer with Project Scotland and from there he went onto to do various training courses through the SFA and Leisure and Culture, where he can still be found running classes throughout the week. Davie began working with us back in 2013 in the first youth groups that we ran and now leads two of them every week. Ailsa Gow-Youth Activities Worker and Specialist Educator Ailsa first came to work for us as a Research Assistant when we were carrying out our research into The Unmet Needs of ADHD in Dundee and Angus in 2017. She has a degree in Psychology and is currently studying for Masters in psychology. Since October 2018 she has been working in the youth groups as Youth Activities Worker, assisting Sarah develop our Youth Transition to Work Programme. Angie Sharp-Smith - Youth Group Leader Angie is the youth group leader in our Friday night youth group. She has been with the group from the very beginning and has been a great support to Alison when it comes to our fundraisers, bag packing, bingo calling she will turn her hand to anything to support the group. Krzysztof Mazanka - Sports Coach When he moved to Scotland Krzyzstof decided that he needed a change of career. Sport was always a big part of his life so decided to get a qualification in sport to become a sports coach. He did these at Dundee and Angus College and Abertay University. He is another long standing member of staff having been working in the youth groups since 2013. Give him a wave if you see our minibus out and about as he is usually in the driving seat! Aleisha Spathis - Charity Shop Assistant Aleisha previously worked in retail as a supervisor. She now uses her skills in visual merchandising to make our charity shop look beautiful. Also as part of the charity shop she has become part of the local community offering the regular customers a friendly face to chat to. Louise Scott - Information and Administrative Officer Louise previously worked for a large multi national retailer working in the executive team at their head office. She is now using her transferable skills as part of our office team. Harriet Clark-Justice - Specialist Educator Harriet has worked in partnership with the ADHD Support Group in Dundee for a few years through her Family Support Worker role at Children 1st. Throughout this time she has supported children and families around attachment, trauma, social skills, managing emotions, routines and parenting support. Harriet uses a Social Pedagogy approach, working alongside children and families, building relationships and learning from them as they are the experts on their own lives. When the Specialist Educator role came up she took the opportunity to become part of the Dundee and Angus ADHD Support Group, an organisation she says she has wanted to be part of for a while. Board of Trustees Georgia Cruickshank - Chairperson Ray Strachan - Vice Chair Ray is an experienced Social Worker within the Children Services Team. He has been qualified since 1999 and has mainly worked with adolescents. Ray was also a working member of Dundee City Councils Fostering and Adoption panel for around three years. He became interested in ADHD and associated conditions through his work as more and more young people were referred to his service who had a diagnoses of ADHD. Ray has attempted to gain a more in depth knowledge of the condition in order to provide a better and more understanding service to the many young people that he works with on a daily basis. Shona Bryce - Treasurer Shona is a Chartered Accountant that works in a local practice providing tax services to businesses that cover a wide range of industries. She was introduced to the charity through a friend, and because she knows several families who have children with ADHD and Autism and was aware of the various challenges in day to day life they face. Shona decided that she wanted to help a group that provided support to these parents and children.