George enlisted into the Armed Forces May 1995 and served with The King’s Own Scottish Borderers 1995 – 2002 then transferred to The AGC(SPS) leaving the Army September 2017. George completed operational tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and the Falklands and is currently a Reservist soldier with the Army Training Unit (Scotland) as the Staff Support Administrator. George is currently employed by the Scottish Government within the Procurement and Commercial Policy and Strategy Division as a Personal and Finance Assistant. George brings with him a vast amount of financial charitable sector experience having been the Treasurer for the Herford, Germany SSAFA Branch 2014 – 2015. George is also a volunteer for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the administrator for the Livingston North Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club and the Who Dares Cares West Lothian Walk, Talk and Brew Group.
Jason served in The King’s Own Scottish Borderers from 1990-2000 and worked in the Middle East for 15 years returning to the UK at the end of 2019. Jason has been involved with Who Dares Cares since it’s inception, supporting the inaugural push up challenge and going on to support and help run the border reiver and TAB for Rememberance events. Now that he is back in the UK full time, he feels he can now commit more time and is keen to support the charity and the incredible work it does and build on what has already been started.
I have been a board member at Who Dares Cares for just under 3 years. I qualified as a mental health nurse 14 years ago and worked in acute mental health wards for the 1st 7 years. After this I worked at combat stress then mental health and addiction services. I have always been passionate about helping people and said from 4 years old I would be a nurse. Throughout my career I was always very interested in working in trauma mental health and this is what really drew me to who dares cares as I really loved working on helping our veterans and blue light services. I met Callum when he ran Alba military fitness and registered my interest! Although I mainly focus on all the topics of support and mental health, I also live sticking on my walking boots and taking part in all the events.
I am a veteran with 2 tours of NI in the 80s. I do not suffer as far as I know from PTSD but I am an alcoholic with over 20 years of continuous sobriety. I along with 28 other regional armed service officers in Alcoholics Anonymous try to help serving soldiers, veterans, and their families also. At a May 2019 committee meeting in York where all the region reps met the common feedback was that soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD were unable to receive their much needed treatment due to ongoing issues with alcohol and/or drugs. I then contacted Who Dares Cares to offer my assistance which they agreed to, asking me to join the board. If I can help any sufferers or their families to deal with any problems that they may have with alcohol/drugs then you are more than welcome to contact me. All calls will be treated with the utmost confidence. In September 2021 I qualified as a CBT Therapist.
I am grateful to be involved and when I'm able to get involved in our Walk Talk and Brew events I enjoy getting to know some of the veterans. As you can maybe tell already I am a ‘civvie’ I am run my own Accountancy firm in Hamilton and in my spare time I like to walk, train with my PT and relax with yoga and meditation, cooking,baking and reading.
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