I knew I was where I wanted to be – my role at Simon Community Scotland

6 March 2023
Kaye McFall, our new Head of Women's Services writes about her new role

I started working with SCS in 2019 as a support worker in our Govanhill Women’s Service. Straight away I knew I was where I wanted to be as I was surrounded by women who support each other. After a year of being a Support Worker I was successful in applying for a Service Leader post. In December 2022 I then applied for the Head of Service for Women’s Services to which I was successful in my application.

Working with a gender specific approach allows for women to flourish and grow. This allows our community to build trusting supportive relationships, my hope is to achieve a therapeutic pathway for our community of women as they navigate their way through the homelessness system. Our team of women provide all levels of intensive support, walking beside our community of women supporting them to make positive changes in their lives.  

Our staff provide a high level of trauma informed care and support to our community of 39 women  in our accommodation services across Glasgow. Our teams support women to overcome barriers that they can face on a daily basis. We believe that our women should not have to keep telling their story by repeating their experiences of trauma. I am excited for the future of women’s services as it is my hope that we can work to bridge gaps in systems that have at times failed our community of women.   

We make a difference to the lives of the women we support by meeting them where they are, we work collaboratively with stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcomes for the women who use our services. Our team supports our community in all aspects of their life, supporting them with their wellbeing as we believe that everyone is recovering from something. Harm reduction is fully embedded in all areas of our work, our staff team starts to build a relationship with the woman when we welcome her into our service.  This is what it is all about, building positive relationships.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, we encourage and foster hope for our community of women striving for them to achieve the goal they set for themselves. The main thing that shines through in our community of women is their resilience and strength to keep going even when they feel like they can’t. Our team is with them to support them all the way, we don’t turn our backs on them.

Kaye McFall (back left)

Head of Women’s Services