national cedar team
Kirstie Farmer. National Coordinator
In June 2012, Kirstie joined the CEDAR Project as a National Coordinator. Kirstie joined Scottish Womens Aid as Participation Worker in March 2009 Her role involves supporting the national CEDAR network, including supporting the establishment of new CEDAR projects across Scotland, delivery of training, provision of information and resources, and support with Monitoring and Evaluation. Kirstie has worked in the voluntary sector for the past ten years, initially working as a youth worker in the Borders, before moving on to promote children’s rights at a national level, working in the mental health sector before moving into the Violence Against Women field. Kirstie loves the challenge and variety of working on a national project, particularly working with so many committed and passionate people.
When not she’s working, Kirstie enjoys country life with her family in the Borders. When she’s not trying to learn how to drive or ride a horse, Kristie’s favourite way to relax is to cook a meal while listening to radio 4 and enjoying a glass of wine.
Orlaith McAree. National Coordinator
Orlaith is National Coordinator for the Cedar Project, developing a network of Cedar projects across Scotland. Using community development work, research, writing and activism, she has developed and managed projects addressing the impact of inequality – particularly gender and race inequality – in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Poland. Her main areas of interest are promoting women’s and children’s rights, strategic partnership-development, and supporting policies and practice which address the root causes of inequality.
She enjoys scrambling around hills, live music and satire. Her favourite quote is “Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy
Sasha McDougall. National Coordinator
Sasha joined the National Cedar Project in June 2012. Her role involves supporting the development national CEDAR network across Scotland’s. Working locally to establish new projects including support with recruitment, training, information and communication resources. In additional Sasha works to build capacity of local organisation by delivering a programme of best practice workshops. Sasha also works nationally to promote Children’s Rights, develop strategic partnerships and deliver effective communications strategies.
Other work within the voluntary sector includes service development, information and communications, participation and engagement, promoting rights and challenging inequality.
When she’s not working she enjoys zooming about on her bike, with all the cake to match and will never say no to a game of table tennis.
Kirstie, Sasha and Orlaith