The people make Works+
Scott Wight - Works+ Project Manager.
Scott is one of the founders of Works+ which was established in 2018 after the closure of the charity Tomorrow's People where he worked for 6 years on the Galashiels Works programme.
Scott moved over to the third sector after working for several years as a Plumber who was desperate for a change of career and has not looked back since.
Mark Timmins - Project Delivery Manager.
Mark is one of the founders of Works+ and has over 10 years experience of employability delivery in the Scottish Borders.
In his previous career before Works+ Mark was a knitwear designer for Marks and Spencer, an art school technician, gardener, yarn designer, knitwear lecturer and head of fashion at Heriot Watt University.
In his spare time Mark is a photographer, sculptor, a trustee of Alchemy film and Art, a director of the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Scottish Borders Social enterprise Chamber and a board member of the Craft Scotland "Make Learn" project.
Charlie Dawson - Volunteer and Partnership Co- ordinator
Charlie is the Works+ Volunteer and Partnership Co-ordinator and her goal in this role is to raise awareness of how the Works + programme can help young people into the working world. Charlie's role is to also
seek to strengthen the partnership with other professionals and agencies to facilitate a wide range of opportunities.
Charlie has actively engaged with young people for the past 15 years, working at youth clubs. She is passionate about equality in youth provision, and making sure all young people’s needs are met.
Keith Penny - Employment Support Advisor 16-24 Project
Keith has been working as a painter and decorator since leaving school and has run his own business for over 10 years. Some of his previous experience includes briefly teaching at Borders College as a Painter and Decorator Tutor and coaching children's football for the past 9 years.
Keith has a strong enthusiasm for meeting new young people and hopes to inspire the young people to reach their goals as well as help them think about their next stages in life.
Michelle Mitchell - Lead Employment Support Worker
Justice Social Work Service
Michelle started with Works+ in June 2021 to set up and the develop the contract. Michelle has 20+ years experience of working with both long-term unemployed people and young people aged 16-24 years old. She has worked with several service providers in the past including Rathbone, Life Skills and Lauder College.
Lynsey McLean - Support Worker
Justice Social Work Service
Lynsey started with Works+ in September 2021 She has worked with all ages and diverse client groups in many different areas within Edinburgh and the Lothians as a Keep Well nurse. As part of her role in Works+ Lynsey runs the Emergency First Aid Courses that we provide for both service users and external partners.
Lynsey also has a creative side and has a Graphic Design Diploma her experience and learning across a variety of platforms has hugely supported her development and skills, which she can now share with the service users across our programmes.
Board of Trustees
Kirsty moved to the Borders with her young family in 2021. Having heard of Works+ through a BBC
documentary, and with her experience supporting several charities helping young people strive for a
better education or opportunities in life, she was determined to become involved with Works+.
With a background of 10 years in infrastructure fundraising and prior to this working as a cook for
several years, she now works in property development and has her hands full!