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University of Life Tutor Profiles

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Tutor Profiles

Marion Martin

Marion has been in recovery for 22 years.  She has volunteered with various addiction and mental health organisations for many years. 

Her passion is to see 'freedom from addiction in Scotland'.  She believes that complete transformation is possible for people and that there are no limits to what can be achieved in someone's life who has the opportunity to recover.  

She loves being part of the solution that helps to create opportunities for recovery, family support and health & wellbeing.  

Dylan Fotoohi

I have been in recovery since 2010, recovery from conflict, oppression, and trauma. I am a refugee from Kurdish background who had to flee home and seek refuge in the UK in 2013.

I have been a human right activist in Kurdistan-Iran and a community worker in Scotland.

I have been fortunate not to have an easy life. I believe in people's power and resilience that is unique to survivors only.

Peter Charad

In his 29th year of recovering from codependency, family therapist, Peter Chard is passionate about stopping this emotional disorder being passed onto the next generation.

He gives talks on the subject and has designed & facilitates an intensive weekend workshop called What Next? to start the healing process.

Gerry Murphy

Gerry has over 22 years experience of recovering from addiction and mental health and has developed a lived experience programme called 'Empowering by Example'.

He runs a drop in centre in Glasgow and teaches people how to change and to finally love themselves all based on spiritual principles.

Louise Christie

Louise is currently Network Manager (Policy and Development) for Scottish Recovery Network where she develops and delivers initiatives which promote recovery and the value of lived experience across Scotland. This involves bringing a wide range of people and organisations together to share their experiences and stories and to work with them to ensure their voices are heard and acted upon. She has also been involved in developing training resources to support the development of peer support. Prior to joining Scottish Recovery Network, Louise had worked in a range of roles in service development and delivery; policy development; grant-making and research. Louise's journey and experience of the benefits of peer support have played an influential role in all aspects of her life.

Anne-Marie Quigg

Anne-Marie’s Favourite Quote 

“Rather die on my feet fighting, than live forever on my knees”

La Pashiara 

Anne-Marie Joined the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium in August 2011, She has had various titles in post from Network Development Manager, Recovery Implementation Officer, Treatment and Development Lead Officer, with another change on the cards.  Over the last 30 years she has worked in Criminal Justice/Front Line Addiction Work, Residential Units in a variety of roles, and in many areas in Scotland.  With a special interest in  Group work, training and workforce development.  Her belief that all people can start their Recovery Journey at any point.  There are no hopeless cases, everyone can get better, everyone can get into the Recovery

Anne-Marie has been on her own recovery journey since 5th April 1991. 

Kuladharini

Kuladharini is in long term recovery from addiction and mental health problems. She has long been interested in what helps sustain long term recovery from addiction in the community. She has been a political activist in her twenties, a community dramatist in her thirties and a spiritual practitioner in her forties and fifties. In 2008 she was ordained as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and in 2012 she took over the running of the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium which quickly became the SRC. 

 

Brian Morgan

Brian has been in recovery since 2008 - a 'recovery magpie' who utilises many tools to maintain his wellbeing.  He strongly believes that community holds the key to recovery, that strong links to networks in our own neighbourhoods helps us personally and collectively.  He gave up trying to change the system from the inside ages ago.  

Creativity is important to Brian - the search for the true self can be found that way.