About CATCHOur mission and the people who make CATCH
The CATCH Mission
Managing Director Eddie Gallacher set up CATCH Scotland in 2011 following an extensive career in residential care. From this experience he became aware of the need to help challenged young people on a singleton basis, as this would ensure they could get appropriate help and support through the provision of bespoke plans to meet their individual needs.
‘They were overwhelmed with the challenges that faced them and didn’t have the support networks that other young adults have. As a result, I realised that here was an opportunity to assist them to develop their strengths and skills by providing small well thought out changes that would assist them in putting the building blocks in place which would allow them to have positive outcomes’.
Throughout his career Eddie worked with many Local Authorities and services, and as a result saw how he could provide an opportunity through CATCH to involve all relevant parties in providing young people with access to positive life experiences and meaningful relationships.
Eddie began his career in the 90’s in residential care, working in a variety of settings from intensive support to generic day services, before reaching management level, Eddie also managed a school for young people who struggled with mainstream education, which led to the opportunity of starting his own housing support venture from scratch, a journey which he is still very much enjoying!
Jenny has over 13 yrs corporate business experience of leading and managing teams to drive brands and businesses forward. She relocated to Scotland in 2014, joined CATCH in November 2015 and since then has loved every minute of her experience.
Angie’s career has covered many aspects of the care spectrum. She started working with Renfrewshire Council in 1994 as a home care worker in the community, then moved on to working in elderly residential settings, before finally finding her vocation in child care support. Angie joined CATCH in 2013 and has never looked back. She has the most incredible relationship with the young people on the programme and is always there for them even when they have completed their placement with CATCH.
Social Work Manager
Carol has spent almost 30 years working in social care, initially with adults with learning disabilities. Qualified in social work in 1997, since then she has worked with young people with a range of complex social emotional and behavioral difficulties. Carol has extensive experience of working in range of settings including generic residential units, close support, intensive fostering, outreach behaviour support in mainstream schools and latterly in intensive throughcare services.
Mary is one of CATCH’s most experienced employees and has enjoyed many years working in social services. Mary began her career as a student nursery nurse, before going on to manage nurseries for 16 years. She the moved into residential child care managing children’s units. Mary has also spent time working in Glasgow as a senior training officer and then moved to manage Renfrewshire’s Throughcare service and came to CATCH just over two and half years ago.
Jackie started her career in Social care in 1990 as a Residential Officer in a Children’s Unit with the local authority. She progressed quickly and ran her own unit for 7 yrs. Jackie made it her mission to ensure each young person had a positive experience and settled environment to live in. Jackie moved onto a community project as community manager, she worked with Children & Families intensively to prevent them going into care. In 2014 she came to Catch, she is enjoying the challenge and is a crucial part of the organisation.
Dr. Jack Tollan
Jack has been involved with CATCH Scotland since its inception, being involved in its implementation, development and evaluation as well in as providing staff training, supervision and support.
He is a Chartered Psychologist, Registered European Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, with expertise in educational and organisational psychology and Human Resource Management. Jack also is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, with a particular interest in staff selection, training, appraisal and support.
In addition, he is a trained teacher, residential child care and community worker, having worked in a range of day, community and residential settings, latterly as a school principal, as well as lecturing in a variety of teacher training colleges and university settings. He has gained both considerable international experience of offering consultancy to a variety of organisations and developed a strong research background, and as such is well qualified and experienced to fulfil his combined Director/ Consultancy role.
The CATCH Team
CATCH has over 30 members of staff made up of care professionals, psychologists, social care students, former residential workers, business and management trained professionals and vocational trainers. Staff are split into three groups:
- A team of four provide mentoring support for young people and housing staff between the hours of 3-11pm.
- This can range from doing shopping, attending emergency doctor’s appointments or just being someone to share a problem with
- There is also an on call 24 hr service should any young person or staff need it.
Housing Support Staff
- Experienced members of staff support young people in their tenancies through the early morning, evening and night if required.
- They provide help with a range of everyday life issues covering budgeting and practical housing chores, through to listening and guiding young clients with the problems that arise in their lives.
Vocational Training Staff
- The Vocational Training provided matches each young person’s interests and aspirations.
- Trainers come from a variety of vocations such as construction trades, mechanics, hairdressing & beauty, administration, catering and property maintenance.