Johnathon Gallagher     Service Manager

Since qualifying as a Bachelor of Arts in management in the 80’s, Johnathon has worked for 22 years in the airport/airline industry initially managing airport services, flying and training. He then joined the metropolitan police in London. As an LGBT officer Johnathon was pivotal in guiding and supporting fellow officers to support the needs of the LGBT community in London. Returning to be closer to his family in Dumfries, Johnathon took up the role of Health Promotion Specialist for Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, setting up a region wide service to raise awareness and support men who have sex with men and people affected by HIV. Johnathon is proud to be the first Service Manager for D&G LGBT Plus and hopes his passion, commitment, skills, and enthusiasm will help him and the team create a service to be rivalled throughout Scotland.

Contact: email      johnathon@lgbtplus.org.uk        call  07983 652361

Christina Grant     Self-Management Specialist

Originally from Ireland, Christina began working in advocacy and support roles in Dublin as an LGBT helpline volunteer whilst studying for her undergraduate degree. After her degree, she moved to the UK to train as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist at The University of Edinburgh. Alongside her training, Christina built up extensive experience working in a range of helping professions. In Edinburgh, she worked as a Counsellor, Crisis Centre Worker, Support Worker and facilitated self-help groups. Christina now lives in Edinburgh with her partner Mariya and cat Misha. She works as a trainee Counsellor and Psychotherapist for NHS Lothian. It is Christina’s life long passion to work with the LGBT population. She is very excited to begin working at D&G LGBT Plus.

Contact: email     Christina@lgbtplus.org.uk      call 07547 157718

Stacie          Psychotherapist

Within Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus I offer individual as well group therapy to help reduce stress and to support the development of mindful self awareness. My therapeutic practice is Integrative which means I have trained in a broad range of psychological approaches.
Background
Prior to my training I have 18 years community development experience, the roots of which have been in youth work. For the past 12 years I have been working one to one with individuals both as an advocate and then in a self help support role. I have worked with individuals with wide ranging diagnoses of mental health issues ranging from anxiety to acute psychosis, individuals with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, complex trauma of    childhood abuse, homelessness, transgender identities, individuals questioning their sexual orientation, facing isolation, vulnerability, oppression and discrimination.

Iain Campbell         Volunteer Support Coordinator

Having lived and worked within Dumfries and Galloway, and serving nearly 29 years within the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the former Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service, working closely with our LGBT Community in that time.
It was a logical progression to volunteer for LGBT, and I look forward to working with you all to promote and deliver our objectives to the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact: email     iain@lgbtplus.org.uk      call 07889 401628

Blou Hyland   Self-Management Specialist    CBT Counsellor

Blou Hyland is a trainee CBT Therapist undertaking her diploma through the Glasgow Cognitive Therapy Centre. She has completed her Counselling skills course through COSCA and hopes to work across Dumfries and Galloway with LGBT Adults and their family members. She is providing CBT counselling sessions to the LGBT community as part of her training and because she has a passion for the protection and support of people who identify as or support those who are LGBT.
Blou has lived in Scotland for 20 years and has worked for Dumfries and Galloway NHS for 14 years alongside building up her own creative business. She currently works as the Integrated Joint Boards Equality Lead. Her passions included environmental issues, equality & fairness, animals, music festivals, film,  art and design, literature and smiling, to name but a few.
Blou has an interest in the transition of vulnerability to courage, helping others see the best in themselves and the world around them and supporting people to work towards being able to self care and act as their own therapist.  She believes that happiness is the key to success. And if in doubt think of Dory and Just Keep Swimming.

 Alice Polley       Trans Support Co-ordinator ( Volunteer)

As a Transsexual woman I have been using my  life skills to develop and build up a wealth of information and understanding of the trans community. Living my new life now for the past four years and known my gender was wrong since about the age of five. I had faced a lot of life’s challenges to be where I am now. I have previously been married twice with three daughters. A middle child of four sisters who have helped and supported her. My career has taken me from being a plumber to a head brewer and then finely becoming a CNC programmer, operator for last fifteen years working with ten other women before retiring.
I am now working with the Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus Organisation to build up a full supporting network for the trans community across Dumfries and Galloway.