Alison Goodfellow – Project Manager
I joined the centre in December 2013. I've been project manager here since the beginning of last year and prior to that I was the project administrator. The project is exciting, challenging and importantly to me the most worthwhile job I have ever had. I have had many different jobs over the last twenty five years since I graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a degree in Dietetics. I’ve been a Market Data Controller, an Investment Trust Manager, Book-keeper, Administrator and Fees manager.
We are a hardworking, dedicated team of staff and volunteers that are completely committed to improving the quality of life for our local community. We work tirelessly to combat social exclusion, poverty, disadvantage and discrimination.
In my time at the centre I have been privileged to watch our ambitious community garden project completely rejuvenate the yard at the back on the centre into a green oasis. The benefits and impact of the garden project on the community for everyone involved has been overwhelming. It has provided a nurturing, peaceful and healthy space for our community to use and adapt. I feel very privileged to be part of the MAXwell team.
Dannielle Kidd – Youth Development Worker
I have a BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health. During a placement with Barnardos Growing Up Project I was introduced to The MAXwell Centre in 2014 and discovered that I loved gardening. I decided to volunteer for the centre and ended up getting a job.
I work Monday-Thursday, working with the 4 local primary schools during term time - planning, growing and maintaining their plots. I also organise and run our award winning Garden Club during school holidays.
I have an allotment at West Law, where I spend most of my weekends.
Jack Pocock – Garden Mentor
I have a BSc (hons) in environmental science. During my university years I was involved, from the start with the soul garden project, falling into the role of garden coordinator. I am an avid allotmenteer with a plot at Kinnaird garden allotments and city road allotments.
I work with nursery school groups, run therapy sessions, run gardening workshops, assist plot holders as well as general garden maintenance.
Andy Finlay – Evening Steward
I began volunteering with the garden project from the original start-up meeting in October 2012 and have participated in the transformation from derelict former builders yard to the successful community garden it is today.
I have been lucky enough to incorporate many aspects of my studies past and present into the wider project. I hold a BSc (hons) in Environmental Science, MSc in Renewable Energies and Environmental Modelling and am currently studying for an NC Level 5 in Amenity Horticulture at Dundee and Angus College.
Valerie Busher - Project Assistant
I came to work in the centre in January 2017 after having spent 16 years working for a local cancer charity as their fundraising manager. I had decided to take early retirement but when I heard the part-time post of Project Assistant was available at Maxwell Centre, I was keen to apply as the position offered a new and exciting challenge. I am delighted to be working with Alison and her team doing administritive duties and helping with fundraising applications. I am really happy to be working in such a innovative and forward thinking environment that does so much to support the community locally with a broad range of activities and initiatives.
Alessandro Skarlatos Currie – Project Worker
I joined the Maxwell volunteer team in 2016, and had opportunity to build on my gardening and building skills as well as experience working with members of the general public. As of May 2017, I have had the good fortune of working as a 'Tend and Share' Project Worker; a project that aims to assist those who have a hard time making ends meet by bringing them into the garden, teaching them food cultivation and preparation skills and offering certificate training and free meals to help along the way.
Having completed a course in History and Politics MA (Hons) at the University of Dundee and Social Anthropology (MSc) in the University of Edinburgh, I developed a keen interest in community-led approaches to the alleviation of poverty and social inequality. I am currently enrolled in a Social Anthropology (PhD) course researching the role community centres play in the everyday lives of Kurds residing in the UK in conjunction with refugee camps in Iraq. As such, the 'Tend and Share' Project has provided an excellent opportunity to combine both my research and my experience working outdoors.