Meet the Team
Gareth joined the team in March 2019 having worked for many years in education, training and sports development.Since 2015, he project managed a charity improving the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities / long-term medical conditions and brings empathy and reassurance to our parents from his previous experiences as a widower, single parent and step-parent to 3 sons and 2 daughters.A keen runner, he is a Trustee and Chair of Moray Road Runners (SCIO SC049049) and still competes regularly at various events across Scotland.
Team LeaderMargaret has worked at Step by Step since the early days. She has established the ethos of being ‘alongside parents, providing light touch’ guidance and support. She supports our Family Workers and valued volunteers and inspires us all by her attentiveness and commitment to our families.
Family Worker & Healthy Eating WorkerGillian runs family support groups at Winchester House with children from birth to 3 years old, when they graduate to nursery. She works with volunteers to support parents to manage relationships and behaviour, by establishing routines and consistency for their toddlers.
Gillian also coordinates the healthy food aspect of Step by Step by shopping, overseeing menus, coordinating volunteer cooks, and posting online about healthy budget family recipes. Gillian is a keen cyclist and keeps herself fit and healthy by biking to work every day.
Play WorkerAnn became a member of the staff team in April 2018. She had been a regular volunteer and enjoyed it so much that when the chance came along, she joined us as staff. Ann loves seeing parents and children joining in the creative play sessions and seeing how happy and proud they feel with the keepsakes they’ve made together. Ann brings her smiling sense of fun to the team and is always willing to share and learn.
Family WorkerEmma is the newest member of the Step by Step team having joined us in June 2018. Her working background lies in mental health. However, she later decided to return to college to study Childcare, enabling her to support both the younger and older age groups. Emma has worked in nurseries, primary schools and more recently in residential childcare. Emma finds support work extremely rewarding and enjoys making a difference in the lives of those she supports.
Family WorkerTracy runs groups in St Leonard’s Church Hall in Forres on Wednesdays, with locally based volunteers, and a group in Elgin on a Tuesday. Parents value her Step by Step groups and individual support. Tracy is a gymnastics coach who runs her own club, she enjoys teaching children.
Charity AdministratorVicky has been part of the Step by Step ‘family’ since 2012. First attending groups with her son, then joining us as a staff member. She provides administrative support to all our staff and trustees. She keeps track of our finances, record-keeping and administers our popular closed Facebook group.