Meet the Team

The Foster Care Connect was set up in 2004.

Helen Fraser (Director)

I have a diploma in Social Work from Moray House/ Heriot Watt University, and am a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). I specialise in residential work in children’s homes and team work in children’s families, and have held managerial roles in the Children’s Unit in the Scottish Borders and in Glasgow. I’m particularly experienced in working with families and children away from home.

Jill Young (Team Manager)

My qualifications include NNEB, qualified Nursery Nurse. I have a diploma in Social Work from Moray House/Heriot Watt University, and a post qualification in Child Protection. I am registered with Scottish Social Services Council.
I have retail managerial experience and have undertaken voluntary work in within the Mental Health field. I have worked for 20 years as a Social Worker in Edinburgh both in residential and Practice Team. For the last 3 years, I worked as Senior Practitioner in East Edinburgh Practice Team.

Vicky Rourke (Supervising Social Worker)

As I look back on my social work career it seems very long and varied. I qualified at Moray House 28 years ago and have since completed the post qualification certificate in child protection and received my practice teaching award. I have worked in projects providing supported accommodation for people leaving prison and with psychiatric conditions. I took up a post in London setting up a leaving care team and developing move on accommodation. Then as I headed back up to Scotland I took up my first post in family placement work, moved to the Borders and worked in the Council’s fostering and adoption team. About ten years ago I became a planning manager and then locality manager in the newly formed Integrated Children Services. Then a complete change three years ago when myself and my family were approved as foster carers. We are now adopters and I am delighted to be back in Family Placement work having experienced life as a carer!

Lisa Angus (Learning and Development Coordinator)

I have a Post Graduate Certificate Teaching Qualification in Further Education and have 18 years experience in supporting adult learners to reach their full potential in Further Education settings. I am a qualified Learning Disability Nurse and have experience of working with adults and children who have Additional Support Needs and their families, working in both Social Work and the NHS. I also have a degree in Biological Sciences.

Karen Gillie (Office Manager)

My qualifications include an HND in Business Studies. I have over 17 years Financial Services experience encompassing Sales Advice, Administration and Management. I have also gained Marketing experience from previously working with a major press organisation. I have British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications and regularly teach both children and adults horse-riding at local riding establishments

Sue Littlefield (Administrator)

My qualifications include RSA Integrated Business Technology (Level 2) and RSA Shorthand, and I have over 30 years secretarial, book-keeping and administrative experience. Previously I have worked as a Chairman’s PA, and prior to joining Foster Care Connect, I was an administrator for an engineering company in Coldstream.

 

We also work with a number of Form F Assessors – experienced social workers who carry out independent assessments of people who would like to become foster carers with us.

For opportunities to work for Foster Care Connect, see our Work With Us page.