Kay has worked with people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health problems for over 20 years. She is best known for her innovative work with individuals: helping people form new relationships, find work and get stuck into community life. Kay is passionate about supporting people to be respected and have a fulfilling and fun filled life
Having worked at a senior level in both residential and personalised support services in the West of Scotland Kay founded LEAF (Life, Employment and Friends) in 2001. Her work has particularly focused on supporting people who have become marginalised to maximise their own potential. She specialises in working with individuals, families and staff who are stuck or who have run out of ideas. She often also works as a mediator between services and individuals.
Kay has also supported wider system change, working particularly closely with North Lanarkshire Council - one of the most innovative Scottish local authorities. Kay has helped social workers and managers to learn new skills and focus on capacity-building within their local communities.
Kay has expertise in person-centred approaches, community mapping and bridge-building, overcoming communication difficulties, sexuality and family-centred work. She is well known for her creativity and positivity and she believes like Charlie Chaplin that "A day without laughter is a day wasted".
Kay's interests are many and varied. She loves: wildlife and nature, hill walking, meeting people and understanding what makes them tick, motorbikes, husky driving, fire and glass walking, reading.