Ross Quinn

Our colleague in the hot seat this month is Ross Quinn, a Support Practitioner in Musselburgh.

When did you join ELCAP and what were you doing before you joined?

I’ve worked for ELCAP since 2012 and before then I worked in retail and was at university. While at college and university I volunteered at East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme – now Can Do – as a helper. So this has always been the job I’ve been made to do.

What is a typical day at work like?

I support the people I work for by going shopping with them or attending sports clubs with them. I support the people I work for to live their lives in the ways they wish, in a healthy way.

What’s the best thing about ELCAP?

The best thing about ELCAP is that we place the people we support at the centre. We always try to innovate.

And the people we support contribute fully to our organisation – from reviews, to our AGM, from our Advisory Council to sitting on our Board. The people we support have opportunities to affect change for the better.

And what could we improve?

The main things I feel we can improve on – and it’s definitely hard with the job we do – are maintaining a good work/life balance for staff and ensuring staff are in roles in which they excel. A staff team which is confident in their abilities provides the best support.

What’s your favourite ice cream?

Favourite ice cream? That’s a hard question. It used to be Rum and Raisin, but I recently discovered Ben and Jerry’s Fairway to Heaven. I’m not even a golf fan, but that’s a hole in one!

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.

I once represented Musselburgh – my hometown – at basketball.