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About Us

what we are

A Place to Talk

At Cairns, we provide a space where we hope you will feel able to talk with a counsellor about the difficulties you face in life, with no fear of being judged.

We registered as a trust with OSCR* in 1994, and became a SCIO** in 2014. Established to provide emotional support to adults in need, our service has grown from humble beginnings to the present day where we are open 6 days a week including 3 evenings. We are proud to have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service in 2016. As a well established service, we are trusted by many professionals and have a long history of enabling change.

(*Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator **Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation)

Who We Are

  • Chief Executive: Claire Moggach
  • Counselling Services Manager: Leasha Esslemont
  • Senior Counsellor: Denise Mair
  • Counsellor Supervisor: Kathy Bond
  • Counsellor Supervisor: Dee Masson
  • Funding Co-ordinator: Varun Sahani
  • Community Fundraiser and Communications Officer: Ross Thomson
  • Office Manager: Vic Cargill
  • Administrator: Nicki Crawford
Our Volunteers

We currently have 27 volunteer counsellors and 4 volunteer administrators to assist with office cover on an ad hoc basis.

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