An update from Maureen Allan, Interim Chief Executive at STRiVE

Good Afternoon Colleague/Partner

I hope this finds you and your families safe and well.

A couple of apologises first, sorry for taking so long to get in touch and sorry that this is a “enmasse” email.

I wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that as you may be aware there have been some significant changes within the organisation. Eliot and Linda left at the end of March and I accepted the role as Interim Chief Officer.  I have, with the full support of our Chair Tom Shearer and other Board members, restructured the STRiVE team. Whilst the timing has not been ideal, these changes needed to be made to ensure that STRiVE is a proactive, community based, viable partner in East Lothian.

All TSI (Third Sector Interface) funded staff have undergone a consultation process which has led to redundancies being made.

I want to reassure you that this course of action was planned pre-covid 19 and we have agreed this process with our Scottish Government Funding Manager, who are supporting us to do so.

My aim is to be open and transparent with all our partners and this must include any challenges we may face. I hope that you agree that the changes being made are a positive step that will enable us to work towards embedding STRiVE in the communities and working alongside you to ensure that East Lothian has a strong and vibrant 3rd Sector now and post Covid. 

In the coming months you will see some further changes, a quick overview:

  • Community and Community Organisation support
  • Initial free online training available for you and your staff, a great way to update rusty skills for furloughed staff and moving forward an opportunity to upskill your volunteers, or your clients 
  • Open door and office sharing opportunities
  • Forums, regular bulletins and updates both locally and nationally
  • Rebranding – back to basics Volunteer (Centre) East Lothian will go live on the 1st June
  • New staff members.

We at STRiVE find ourselves in a unique position that because we are funded through Scottish Government we may weather the Covid Storm slightly better than some of our 3rd Sector colleagues. With this in mind I want to know what I can do for you and the network in East Lothian.

I would like to set up an online Forum for us to come together to discuss our resilience during Covid and ensure that everyone is applying for the funding available. There has been a particularly low uptake for East Lothian.

I appreciate some of you may have had a tenuous relationship with the organisation but I believe that there is an opportunity to move forward in a more open and honest way. Part of my remit is to “mend’ fences. I cannot do my job without you, your local knowledge or views. I want to make sure that we all have a fighting chance and to do so we must come together.

For those of you who don’t know me, I hope you will take the opportunity to get in touch so that we do get to know each other. Ultimately, I like you want to make a difference to the people of East Lothian’s lives.


Maureen Allan | Interim Chief Officer

STRiVE | 01875 615 423 | Mobile: 07947 795067

56 High Street, Tranent, EH33 1HH