Meet The Team
Independent Living Support has a multi-disciplinary team across Dumfries and Galloway with specialisms in substance misuse, offending, mental health, debt advice and learning disabilities, with our workers based in Dumfries and Stranraer.
Lesley’s background is made up of working in strategic development in the statutory sector, she has also worked in the third sector in various roles. For 16 years she has worked with adults in variety of settings.
Her passion within ILS is developing peer mentoring and watching adults thrive with support to achieve our motto of “simply thriving to actively thriving.”
She is also working toward further skills in management.
Youth Team Lead
Yvonne has worked at ILS for 14 years, first as a housing support worker in 2009, in 2016 Youth Support Worker, becoming Lead Youth Support in 2019. She has an SVQ3 in health and social care, PDA in Youth Work, social care Supervision and Appraisal, Post Grad Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction, Post Grad Alcohol, Drugs Policy and Prevention. Yvonne is motivated by the challenges young people bring and to see them overcome adversity to achieve their goals.
Hayley joined ILS after relocating from London, where she worked for almost 20 years. She originally qualified with a Risk Management Degree and went on to work for several major insurance brokers as project manager and latterly as a Client Executive. The skills she gained have lent themselves well to her current role as Finance Administrator.
Business Development Manager
Lauren has a wide range of experience originally qualifying as a nurse with the NHS specialising in emergency care, and in later years after leaving the NHS set-up and owned her own business. Her business background interests and qualifications include mergers and acquisitions, innovation development, marketing & sales. Lauren has undertaken training in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for data and resources structuring for organisations.
Sue was a very experienced Manager spending 20 years + in Local Government, specialising and qualified to practice in Election Administration, Deputy Returning Officer duties and Public Relations. During this time, she also contributed and wrote Best Practice papers for the Association of Electoral Administrators. Sue’s last position was as a Director of a Company responsible for a team of 15 staff. Sue also has a qualification in Health & Safety.
ILS Youth – Stranraer
Laura has 20 years of experience working within the youth work sector in Wigtownshire. Originally qualifying in the Health and Social care field she began volunteering with Stranraer YMCA 1 evening per week. This developed and led into a career in youth work and given her opportunities to work in a wide range of settings which include Stranraer YMCA, Dumfries and Galloway Youth Service and ILS. Laura has also gained a wide range of training and qualifications throughout her Youth Work career.