Meet our management committee

Committed Street friends helping the homeless Aberdeen Management/Committee - COVID19 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM IN PLACE

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of volunteers are the backbone of Street Friends. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organisation as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

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Justin Richie

Chairman and Founder

Justin works long shifts at NHS but saw a need and had to help.  So 5 years ago he started helping the homeless on his own accord.

Justin will chat to anyone and he brings years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organisation grow and succeed.

Having a 'past' of his own, he expertly utilises this, helping to relate to those attending.

Justin hold's multiple PVG's, has fully completed the induction, theory and is fully registered with Street Friends, in the new capacity as an official ACVO constitution registered community group.  He is also trained in the use of Naloxone, and helps others understand the importance of inductions and training.

Sam Raion

Communication Secretary and governance

Having a past of running teams globally as a field engineer, he ended up in a predicament facing multiple issues.  Through helping others it in turn helped him overcome and begin rebuilding his life, having been homeless in the past as well, he can relate to our attendees.  The value of lived experience is invaluable.  He is an Alcohol & Drugs Action volunteer.  He is part of the ADA lived experience peer naloxone outreach team.  In addition he has for several years been a volunteer presenter of Shmu 99.8FM.  Presenting a weekly wellness show.

Sam hold's multiple PVG's, has fully completed the induction, theory and is fully registered with Street Friends.  He helps train Street Friends volunteers in Naloxone, and helps others understand the importance of inductions and training.

Linda Algie

Volunteers & Naloxone trainer (temp Treasurer)

Linda has previously worked in the social care sector for over 17 years.  As well as being a dedicated family person, she enjoys being able to help others.  She is a registered carer, passionate about what she does.

With lived experience she has been a part of the the volunteering sector for a long time.  With numerous positions such as Chair, facilitating peer2peer groups and winning awards.

Additionally she is a long term ADA volunteer, the recognised NHS/ARI & ADA lived experience liaison and is part of the ADA lived experience peer naloxone outreach team.  She has been a volunteer presenter with Shmu for several years, presenting a weekly wellness show.

Linda hold's multiple PVG's, she has fully completed the induction, theory and is fully registered with Street Friends.  She helps train Street Friends volunteers in Naloxone, as well as working with all volunteers - with an understanding of how to communicate with people.  As well as the importance of inductions and training.

Gavin Hunter

Drivers Lead logistics

Gavin is a dedicated volunteer with Street Friends and quickly proved his worth by becoming the lead for all drivers.  He has joined the management committee and as such he will continue to do more, following so training next year.

We are very lucky to have him on our team

Caitlin Friel

Evening full frontline outreach supervisor

Caitlin has been with Street Friends for several months and has become a huge asset.  Helping to run and organise the evening outreach sessions.

She is currently having some time with friends and family but will return in the new year.

Caitlin has completed her full induction, including the SDF drugs awareness, Naloxone intervention & awareness, Motivational Interviewing in short conversations.

She is one of our fully trained Naloxone volunteers having completed here additional ADA training, receiving her naloxone kit.

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Beside Archibald Simpsons, opposite La Lombardas/ Castlegate

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