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New chief executive to mark charity's 80th year

 

Damian McGowan has taken on the top job at LifeCare Edinburgh

A charity which supports older people has named a new chief executive as it enters its 80th year.

LifeCare Edinburgh has announced the appointment of Damian McGowan as its new chief executive.

The Stockbridge-based charity offers registered care and outreach support for older people in need living across the north of the city. Established in 1941, the organisation supports more than 800 older people every year, supporting a variety of issues including dementia, loneliness, mobility issues, food poverty, mental health problems and carer support.

McGowan, a trained social worker, brings with him over 30 years’ experience in social work, social care and adult care services. He is joining the charity following 20 years leading Gowrie Care, part of Hillcrest Group, and most recently as managing director at Corcare in Cornwall.

Jock Miller, chair of the charity’s board, said: “Damian brings a wealth experience and leadership talents which will immediately benefit everyone within the charity and will have a hugely positive impact on all of our important care services. 

“We are thrilled that in the year in which we will celebrate our 80-year anniversary, and in which we will continue to navigate the challenges of Covid-19, Damian is joining us to drive forward and continue our well-known success offering first-class care for older people in our communities.”

McGowan said: “LifeCare delivers incredible high-quality care and support to hundreds of local older people within our communities every year. The care which my new colleagues deliver daily enables older people to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible; they support both their physical and mental wellbeing. This is always vital, but never more so than through this shocking pandemic which has disproportionately affected older people who are otherwise left chronically isolated and vulnerable.

“I am extremely proud and honoured to be joining LifeCare at this crucial time. Collectively the board and all the staff have worked tirelessly to continue to safely deliver the key support our hundreds of elderly clients continue to need to survive this crisis. They have quickly adapted, redesigned, and introduced new key services to make sure that all essential needs have been met.  Once we are able, I very much look forward to getting out into the community to safely meet with the people we support and to working with our board, staff and all of our dedicated volunteers.”

LifeCare Edinburgh is a registered charity and relies on the support of its funders. Key relationships include Barclays, Lothian Buses, Tesco Bank Edinburgh and all the many local people who take part in community fundraising events.  

 

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