Who we are
KASP is a small organization which operates mainly to the wonderful and incredible help from volunteers (see more on our volunteer pages).
At the moment we are only 8 paid members of staff and here is a small introduction so you can get to know a little bit more about us.
JOY the Manager
Joy is an experienced and qualified manager who has been in post with KASP since April 2018. Previously she managed Fife Women’s Aid and before that was a manager in Drug and Alcohol Project (DAPL). Joy has a vast range of skills and knowledge in the voluntary sector and is passionate about the work that KASP does in the community. Having successfully qualified as a counsellor in 2003 Joy has worked with a broad range of client issues and is currently training to provide clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and trainees. Joy recognises that she has a hard working and dedicated team working alongside her which makes her job so much easier.
LYNN the Assistant Manager
Lynn has worked here at KASP since it began in 1995. Lynn is a qualified counsellor, clinical supervisor and experienced trainer. She assists the manager, manages and provides information sessions and allocations, and provides counselling to survivors and clinical supervision to counsellors. She also develops and delivers training courses for other agencies or the community. Lynn feels quite humbled by all the people who have accessed the project over the years. She feels that what KASP provides, in space and time, can only be off great benefit, to the men and women who come through our doors, it enables them to work at their pace to help gain understanding and to live more in the here and now. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending “ -C.S.Lewis
SUSAN the Administrator
Susan started with KASP as an administration volunteer in 2003. She was fortunate to be offered the fulltime position in 2005. Susan Is primarily the first point of contact for anyone who gets in touch with KASP, whether it is by email, text, phone or by dropping into the office. She supports staff and volunteers in administration tasks if it is required. Part of her role is to meet and greet everyone when they come into KASP office and make them feel welcome. She acknowledges that it’s a privilege to get to know people who access KASP services. Susan is good at making people feel at ease and she hopes that it makes them feel safe and secure as that is what staff at KASP want, and she likes to think we achieve that.
GAIL the Mental Health Counsellor
Gail is an experienced and qualified counsellor who has been giving her knowledge and expertise to Kasp since 2004 working as mental health counsellor. She previously worked in mental health settings as counsellor, therefore she has extensive experience working with complex cases. Additionally, she has extensive knowledge of sexual abuse and trauma. Gail's approach is mainly person centred but she adapts to each client needs. Gail is blown away by the courage of KASP's clients and she greatly appreciates and is deeply grateful that they are willing to let her in and share their stories with her.
LORRAINE the Domestic Abuse support worker
Lorraine qualified as a social worker in 1984, specialising in children and families work and child protection. During this period she was also involved in the development of services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and was instrumental (alongside a survivor’s self-help group and key professionals) in submitting KASP s original funding application in 1994. Lorraine is a passionate and dedicated worker with KASP providing specialised, accessible services and is committed to offering compassion, empathy, kindness and care in all aspects of her work. Lorraine has a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting people from all walks of life who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse and domestic abuse and the impact and devastation of the complex trauma that can be experienced. Lorraine’s core belief is in people’s resilience, strength, and courage to survive, and their ability to make changes on their life’s journey.
NIAMH the Young People's Counsellor
Niamh is an experienced, qualified counsellor with extensive background working with childhood trauma with young people aged 12-25. Before her work as a counsellor she worked as a group work coordinator in high schools and loves to see so many different people come together to support one another. At KASP she is able to bring her passion of helping people as the Young Person Support Worker, supporting our 16-25 year olds, providing 1-1 counselling and peer support group work. She is in awe of the strength and determination she sees in her clients and feels very blessed and grateful to have been allowed to be a part of so many people’s journeys.
SANDRA the Volunteer
Sandra is an experienced qualified counsellor with extensive background working with complex trauma and sexual abuse. She has also worked managing teams of counsellors in the third sector and she is now completing her Clinical supervision qualification. She is currently delighted to manage, support and supervise our big team of volunteer counsellors and placement students who, she and the whole KASP, considers is a vital and invaluable part of the organization.
PAUL the Befriender
Paul is an experienced Befriending Coordinator who has a background of creating projects in the local community. Paul has a good knowledge and understanding of people, complex issues, working in a person centred and relationship based way within an asset based community approach. Paul is experienced in developing and manage services for vulnerable children, young people and adults affected by illness, disability or disadvantage who experience social isolation and loneliness. Presently Paul is developing the Befriending Project for KASP, he advocates an honest, respectful, non-judgmental and transparent service for everyone.