Meet The Board

Linda McCurrach

Linda lives in East Ayrshire and is the mother of 5 children. She founded the organisation after her Mum died, when she felt a deep need to help the community around her and to help others have a good death as her Mum had.

As a trained and registered Soul Midwife she knew she could put her skills to good use, but didn’t understand how much the services we provide would be needed at the time. Linda is also our Service Manager.

Her background is in holistic therapies and she has worked in this field for over 20 years studying and teaching reiki, studying shiatsu, COSCA counselling skills, specialist bereavement counselling, NLP, CBT and other holistic health modalities. She is passionate about any form of self development and enjoys learning to play the guitar, walking and gardening.

Martine

Martine lives in South Ayrshire, having returned to her home town on leaving the corporate world in 2016.

After graduating from Glasgow University, Martine began her career in local government with Kent County Council before eventually returning to Scotland. She left her role as Treasury Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council to run her own holistic therapy business in the Scottish Borders for a number of years before going back into the corporate world.

A qualified accountant, her career encompassed a variety of finance roles in the charity, banking and financial services sectors in London, Edinburgh and Perth.

Martine is passionate about life-long learning and has gained a number of qualifications in the field of holistic healing and has a holistic therapy practice in Ayr. Martine’s studies and personal experience have given her an interest in end-of-life care and she was delighted to join the Board in 2021. She enjoys reading, music and gardening in her spare time.

Gordon Jenkins

Gordon is our Chairman and was born in Edinburgh where he attended college and University. He then worked at Fife College, Lauder College, Kilmarnock College and was Principal at North Highland College before retiring to Ayrshire.

Having studied counselling and mindfulness at university level his interest turned to the end of life experience and how this transition could be eased for those dying and for those left behind.

Gordon feels it is a great honour for him to Chair our organisation and he is inspired by the work of our volunteers. "Together we are making a difference". Gordon grows orchids as a hobby, plays the guitar and is learning to play the mandolin.

Beth Little

Beth lives in East Ayrshire and her background is in nursing. Qualifying as a registered General Nurse she worked tirelessly until she retired in 1997 and still works occasionally when needed in care homes as she loves her work so much.

Beth became a volunteer companion in 2018 in order to make a difference to her community as she knew there was a real need for this worthy charity. Beth joined the Board in 2020. Beth’s mentoring and communication skills with students, carers and multidisciplinary teams is helpful and as a new board member she is looking forward to gaining new skills and working with other members.

Beth is kept busy with her daughter, grandson and two dogs. She also loves gardening in her big garden.

Fiona Miller

Fiona lives in East Ayrshire. Her background is in finance, both local government, and, since returning to work after raising her family, retail banking. She became a volunteer companion in 2019 as she felt strongly that no-one should die alone.

Fiona then joined the Board in 2020 and is keen to help in any way she can. Her hobbies clude walking and reading, she is a huge music fan and enjoys attending concerts of all genres from classical to musicals and rock.

Any free time she has is spent travelling to Norfolk where both her son and daughter live. She also has a much-loved grandson called Angus, and enjoys spending quality time with him. She is on a countdown to retirement when she intends tracing her family tree, learning about the planets and solar system, and reading up on some classical mythology.

Gavin Paterson

Gavin lives in North Ayrshire and began his career in health & social care, creating a successful sustainable project supporting young adult carers. He then joined a third sector intermediary, promoting self-management of long term conditions across Scotland and leading a programme focused on co-production of health & social care services. Later he joined N.Ayrshire HSCP where he led public engagement and locality planning. Currently, Gavin works for NHS National Services Scotland as their Customer Relationship Manager. Gavin has extensive experience in project management, programme development, strategic planning & performance management. Importantly, he brings this experience from a mix of local government, third sector and the NHS. He's passionate about improving services across health & social care and making a positive difference to people’s lives.

When Gavin's not working you can find him playing with his daughter Georgia, working out in the gym, playing the PlayStation, walking his dog or reading books. He loves visiting new places and spending time outdoors.

We are a registered charity made up of compassionate volunteer companions who kindly volunteer their time to sit with people who are dying in their final hours.  Our volunteers provide companionship and a listening ear to anyone who needs support to ensure no-one is left feeling alone or isolated.

Our ethos is to make a difference in the local community by training, empowering, and supporting members of the community to help each other at the end of life.  We are working at many different levels to instigate this change and are part of the progressive death movement currently sweeping the nation, bringing back a sense of care and naturalness to death, dying and grieving.

Our volunteers are ordinary members of the public, but many are also professionals including nurses, ex nurses and others from the care sector who know how much our service is needed.  We continue to use their invaluable feedback to adapt our training and improve our services.  We also encourage our volunteers’ continuous self-development. 

We are the first project of this kind set up in Ayrshire and have been up and running since October 2018.  We received our charitable status in October 2019 and continue to go from strength to strength as we gain more volunteers and supporters.

Our volunteers now number 36 and we have 7 board members.  We have ongoing recruitment and training each month as these numbers increase. 

If you’d like to volunteer or support us in any way please email noonediesaloneayrshire@gmail.com.The services we offer are face-to-face vigiling and support, telephone support and one to one online support for end-of-life issues and for bereavement support.

Anyone can make a referral.  To do so please telephone 07858 151969 and we can usually have a volunteer with you within a few hours.

NO-ONE DIES ALONE AYRSHIRE

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