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Facilitators

Dorothy McDonald - Dorothy is a Team Leader at Grampian Women’s Aid. She has worked in the field for over twenty years and was a volunteer trainer with the Domestic Abuse Training Consortium for 5 years. Her previous roles include: Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker for the Aberdeen City Council Domestic Abuse Outreach Team; Senior Worker in the, ‘Children and Young People exposed to Domestic Abuse’ Team in Aberdeen City; Development Worker for the Aberdeen Women’s Centre and Community Worker in various projects throughout Aberdeen. Dorothy is one of eight trainers from the women’s aid network who, in collaboration with Scottish Women’s Aid, developed a training pack on Coercive Control and the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which is currently being rolled out throughout the network.

Sandra Copland – Sandra is a Team Leader at Grampian Women’s Aid.  She takes the lead in the development of the outreach project and is developing service user involvement activities for the organisation. Sandra is an experienced practitioner having worked in a variety of settings supporting vulnerable people and developing new projects. She became interested in domestic abuse while working with women offenders in the Criminal Justice field and has recently completed the accredited Safe Lives ‘Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate’ course.

Alison Hay - Alison was the Manager at Grampian Women’s Aid for 5 years and now leads on Fundraising and Development.  During her time as Manager, she developed the children and young person’s service which provides one to one support and group work.  She has over twenty years’ experience of working in the Third Sector developing projects in charities in a range of areas including housing and befriending projects. She also worked for some fifteen years in public health in a variety of health improvement settings. Alison has spent time in several countries in the Far East volunteering for empowering women projects and has researched the cultural differences of women who have experienced domestic abuse in these countries.