About Us

Originally facilitated by VG-ES, the Forum became an independent SCIO in 2011. Since then it has successfully attracted funding to employ staff  to take forward its activities.   The service manager reaches out directly to individuals in need and manages "Friends at Home", a free, confidential befriending service for people of all ages who have all become vulnerable or isolated through a variety of problems such as poor mobility, long-term illness, or lack of transport.  Friends at Home  now work in partnership with Helping Hands  a befriending service run by Highland Hospice.    The SCF development worker provides a link between service users and carers,  providers and care strategy groups.  Her  present work involves attending adult planning meetings in Sutherland communities.   Our Footcare service began in December 2017 in the Bonar, Bridge, Ardgay, Rosehall and Lairg areas. This free service consists of simple footcare and advice for people who have difficulty accessing footcare.  This service is managed by Tracey Campbell our Footcare co ordinator.

Meet our board of directors and the staff team

Charlotte Gibson
Charlotte Gibson is currently the Chairperson of the Forum.Charlotte has had a long association with the Forum. She also gives time as a board member of VG-ES, CAB and as a fundraiser for Marie Curie and the Red Cross. She runs a small business in house furnishings,  works as a freelance cook in sporting lodges, and tends around 50 sheep on a Rogart Croft. A busy lady!

Barbara Watson
Barbara is the currently the Secretary and Treasurer of the Forum. Barbara first joined the Forum in 1999 when she was the local Red Cross Manager. She volunteers as a First Aider for the Red Cross. She finds less time than she would like to maintain her large garden and take walks with the dog but flees to Spain during winter for peace, quiet and sun.

Isobel Murray
Isobel is the Service Manager , who also facilitates our
Friends at Home and Caring for Carers Services.
Isobel joined the Forum in October 2014. Previous to that
she worked in Health & Social Care settings in Brora, Dornoch
and Golspie. Isobel is a member of East Sutherland Rotary Club
and is a fundraiser for IVM which run an Orphanage  in
Andhra Pradesh, India.  Isobel went out there for her
third visit  to the Orphanage in January with another couple
of members of her local Church.


David Hannah
Originally from Lesmahagow but now settled in Ardgay, Sutherland David was an apprenticed builder before taking some time out with the Royal Air Force. He then looked after some of Edinburgh's social housing for 25 years before moving north to manage private sector housing grants for Highland Council in Sutherland and Caithness.  Always interested in his local community David has been a Community Councillor for around 30 years and recently has taken a higher level of responsibility for the Highland wide community by being invited to join the Boards of Highland Small Comunities Housing Trust, Voluntary Groups East & Central Sutherland, Highland Third Sector Interface, East & Central Sutherland Citizens Advice Bureau and of a Trustee of Sutherland Care Forum.


Tracey Campbell
Tracey joined the SCF staff team in December 2017 as our Service Co ordinator.   She is an active member of various committee`s and is a truly committed volunteer within her local community.  She runs and oversees the youth club in Golspie, helps out with local beavers group and is passionate about community development for all age groups.  As part of the Friends of Seaforth House she is regularly raising funds for new garden equipment and recently was successful in  raising monies for a garden gazebo for this local residential care home.     She is heavily involved in the planning of the Golspie Gala Week and arranges lots of child friendly activities for young people.  She was recently awarded her Professional Development Award in Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice.

Valerie Gale
Valerie joined the Forum in March 2017 as a development worker and oversees  all our communiques, looking after our website, our twitter account and our facebook page. She  came to the Forum after giving up her role as Chief Executive of Care and Learning Alliance, and prior to this she  worked as a Human Resources Manager for many years.  With a keen interest in developing projects she holds an SVQ 4 and SVQ 5 in Management and  went onto train as a management assessor.     In her space time she enjoys looking after her two grandchildren and occasionally takes to the west coast for  a bit of sailing. Her voluntary work consists of being a board member on the Highland Third Sector Interface and a committee member of the Go Golspie development trust.


Charles Minall   currently works as the outreach worker for the Dornoch Firth Group, and so his work links closely with the aims of the Forum. He lives in the heights of Rogart. 


Peter Wardhaugh



Anthea Bannatyne

"I have lived in Dornoch for nearly three years, having left Renfrewshire where my late husband and I ran a Sub Post Office and shop for 19 years. We were also on the local Community Council. My training was as a Medical Secretary, with most of my jobs in admin and one in Germany working for BAOR in a day/boarding school for forces children.
Since my retrial it’s been fun helping out at The Heritage Museum in Dornoch and with Friends at Home."




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