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Stewartry Council of Voluntary Service


Marie started working for SCVS in January 1999 as a Community Economic Development Worker to work with the village halls and community groups. She later became the Manager of welfare to work programme New Deal 18 -24 as SCVS secured a contract with Job Centre Plus to assist young people back into employment. The contract was worth an average of £250, 000 per year and we ran the contract for 10 years and the money that we received was distributed to voluntary groups and latterly to local businesses that provided work placements for the young people involved in the programme. Marie became the manager of SCVS in 2007 and is responsible for managing the staff team and is directly accountable to the Board of Directors. She is responsible for assisting the Board to develop, communicate and implement the organisations vision and overall strategic direction as well as sound financial management.



Jenny Milby - Office AdministratorJenny
Jenny has worked at SCVS for just over 3 years on returning to the area, and says “it’s not until you leave somewhere that you appreciate what you had”, Dumfries & Galloway is a beautiful place to live and work. Working at SCVS has shown her a different view of the Voluntary Sector, as well as the diverse people that use our services, we often say, we never really know who/what is coming through the door next. Her background is in agriculture, having spent the majority of my married life working on the farm with her husband, where they raised their 2 children. She also spent five years working in the Home Care industry as well as looking after her Mother in law until she went into a Residential Care Home. She enjoys swimming and the outdoor life, especially walking their lively Border Collie.  


Stevie Carr - Project Developer Worker
Stevie Carr is one of the Community Project Workers involved in the South West Scotland Sectarian Project and has been working with us since November 2013.
Prior to working at SCVS Stevie was a police officer for 30 years and worked for Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and latterly for Police Scotland. During his police career Stevie worked across all areas of Dumfries and Galloway and also spent 4 years in Glasgow with the Scottish Crime Squad. When he retired Stevie was the senior detective officer in Dumfries and Galloway responsible for all aspects of criminal investigations and public protection. Stevie enjoys all sports and played rugby for local clubs at Langholm, Annan and Wigtownshire. He also enjoyed a highly successful cricket career, the highlight being winning the Scottish Cup with Drumpellier Cricket Club in 1995. Stevie has developed his film making skills over the last two years and has been responsible for the majority of material available on Tolerance TV. Along with Iain and Sid he continues to develop the sectarian work in local schools and youth groups and also identify interesting local people and projects to film and post on Tolerance TV. He lives in Kirkcudbright with his family and enjoys sports, music and cycling.


Sid Ambrose - Project Developer Worker
Sid Ambrose is a qualified youth and community worker who graduated from the Dundee Campus of Northern College of Education in the late nineteen eighties. Since then he has been constantly involved in project and event work. Many people know him as being one of the founders of the Wickerman music festival, whilst many more remember him for his input to various youth and community groups. His core skills include delivering training, group facilitation, marketing, event organisation and film making. These skills have been developed over many years working in the private, public and voluntary sector. He was employed by Dumfries and Galloway council for many years as a senior community development worker before striking out on his own to concentrate more fully on event organisation and event marketing. More recently he has joined our team at Stewartry Council of Voluntary Service to deliver workshops and training on sectarianism and hate crime. Sid brings a creative element to the team and describes himself as "a people person who enjoys project work which brings community benefits."


Iain Howie QPM : Project Development Worker
Iain joined us in 2011 and has been active in developing a number of successful projects since. Prior to joining SCVS Iain spent 32 years in the Police primarily working within the Stewartry Community. Outside police work Iain has extensive volunteering experience ranging from 20 years as a member of Galloway Mountain Rescue to being the current Chair of Stewartry Community Safety Forum. His community credentials were recognised by his being appointed the first Chair of the Stewartry Local Rural Partnership.



Stewartry CVS

17 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway. DG6 4JA
Tel & Fax: 01557 331346       
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Monday - Thursday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: Closed