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Calum Graham

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Calum Graham


Calum successfully started, operated and sold his own business before becoming Chief Executive of three economic development charities over a period of nearly 25 years.

His principle areas of expertise include worklessness for youths and adults, childcare and early years, community engagement and development, labour market skills demand and supply,
social enterprise and development, and business start-up and development.

Personal Statement

“Often through no fault of their own, marginalised, and disadvantaged clients have multiple and complex barriers which require multi agency/multi-disciplinary approaches. This requires professionals to take a selfless case management approach, putting the needs of the client at the forefront when deciding which services are needed and when they are best placed to help.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a trustee of Essentia Foundation and be able to target resources at the charity sector to assist organisations to deliver vital services to those most in need.”


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bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy

bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy was established in 2017. The charity works with adults and children with physical and learning disabilities to improve their quality of life by providing specialist occupational interventions, trampoline rebound therapy and activity-based play sessions.

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Caithness KLICS Young Carers

Caithness KLICS (Kids Living in Caring Situations) was established in 2013. Based in Wick, the organisation supports young people aged between 5-18 who have a caring responsibility at home

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Project 31

Project 31 began in early 2011 as an idea between two experienced community workers who were looking to develop an innovative organization for children aged 0-12 years.

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Families First St Andrews

Families First St Andrews (FFSA) was established in 2001. As a registered charity and community group, the organisation works alongside children and their families to overcome the personal challenges they face in life.

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For 45 years, Hillhouse has been working with young people and families in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. As a registered charity, the organisation offers a service to individuals who are at risk of financial hardship and poverty.

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People Know How

People Know How was established in 2013. Delivering services across Edinburgh and East Lothian, the organisation works collaboratively to deliver projects and social change with projects reaching children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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RDA Group Glasgow

Funding from the Essentia Foundation is currently helping RDA to roll out their ‘Quiet Corner’ initiative.

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