ARC Scotland Training is committed to improving practice and people’s lives by making real changes to the delivery of services, how people with support needs are valued and included in society and communities, and to the quality of the social care workforce.
We are committed in advancing knowledge, policy and practice in health and social care.
Meet some of our dedicated assessors who support practitioners through the regulated qualifications within Scotland. All assessors have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the social care sector and cover all local authority areas within Scotland.
Please take the opportunity to review our teams biographies and single page profiles.
Angela Smith - Freelance Assessor
I am a Freelance Assessor with ARC Scotland.
I previously was a Learning and Development Officer based within a Local Authority for 11 years and I have supported and appropriately guided Home Support Workers and Managers with their SVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Awards respectively. I have delivered Home Support Workers Induction Courses to new workers.
I enjoy working for ARC Scotland, everyone I work with is very helpful and very supportive and I enjoy working from home and choosing my own hours. I have high standards and it’s important to me, individuals who receive a support service, receive a quality support service.
My name is Doreen Curley; my role within ARC is Freelance Assessor and Verifier for all Care Awards and CSLM Level 10 qualification.
I have been involved with SVQ Qualifications since the qualifications initially came out in 1992 when I worked for Strathclyde Regional Council.
My previous work as a practitioner was with children and young people with complex needs, residential work in elderly care and then working in residential children’s homes. I also did voluntary work for the Adult Basic Education service within West Dumbartonshire.
In 1993 I took up the post of full time Assessor and worked throughout Glasgow, West Dumbartonshire and Argyll and Bute. I then went onto complete the Internal Verifier Qualification. When Strathclyde Regional Council dispersed into local councils, I moved back to my own local authority and continued my role of Assessor and Internal Verifier with Lomond Assessment Centre until 2006 when the Assessment Centre closed as a result of restructuring. I took my redundancy after 25 years with the local authority, I moved into the 3rd sector organisations, where I continued as Assessor and Internal Verifier and also delivered training within the organisation as part of my work role.
As the pace of life in the work place was becoming more and more demanding and from becoming a grandmother I decided it was time that I took life at a slightly slower pace in order to spend time with my wee granddaughter. I decided to apply to ARC as a Freelance Assessor and Verifier as I was aware of ARCs good reputation with delivering SVQ Qualifications, training and as an organisation ARC maintain high standards. I have worked for ARC for two and a half years now and I continue to enjoy my work and the people I work for.
After graduating with a degree in Linguistics, Stanislaw’s 15 years of experience in voluntary care sector included practitioner and manager roles in organisations such as L’Arche and Quarriers. He managed established care home services as well as development of new supported living projects for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. More recently he managed transitions from hospital care to community-based support.
Stanislaw is passionate about supporting individuals to achieve their potential. His experience as a manager as well as an assessor and verifier allowed him to use this passion in various teams he worked with. He joined ARC Scotland in 2016, attracted by the organisation’s values and an impressive track record of supporting voluntary sector’s improvement and education. He supports candidates and organisations as an assessor and an internal verifier.
I have worked in the Social Care Sector since 1991 both as a Manager and Practitioner in both voluntary and statutory sectors providing guidance and support to children and family services, youth justice and residential care.
Over the years I have gained vital experience within the social care sector, building knowledge and skills thus transitioning into an experienced trainer. I have recently joined the ARC team as an Assessor/ Internal verifier.
Worked in social care and social services since 1989 in a variety of roles supporting people across the social care spectrum: Homelessness and Addictions, Mental Health, Older People Services, Asylum Seekers, Learning Disabled/Difficulties, Housing Support & Short Breaks.
Roles: Housing Support Worker, Project Worker, Senior Project Worker, Project Manager, Learning & Development Manager.
ARC provided services to TMF when I was the L&D Manager and was impressed with courses. Always found ARC to be a good, friendly and thorough organisation to work with.
I am an SVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier for Social Services & Healthcare Level 2, 3 & 4 and Social Services (Children & Young People) Level 2, 3 & 4.
Throughout my career in the social services sector, I have held management positions in residential school settings, adult care settings and childcare settings. Throughout this time, I have assessed and verified SVQ’s within the care provider organisation, as a full time SVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier with a training provider and as a Freelance SVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier.
My career goal was always to raise the standards of care and support being delivered and, through my experiences, have concluded that, for me, the best way to do this is through training. I work for ARC Scotland because they have a wide-ranging portfolio of training they can deliver to support learning and development in the social care sector. ARC Scotland also have excellent reports from SQA on the delivery of training, knowing a training provider is reputable and has experienced, qualified staff is for me, for candidates and their organisations, the most important factor in reassurance that the delivery of the SVQ is of quality.
I have been a freelance assessor and verifier with ARC Scotland for 15 years.
I assess and verify the Social Service and Health Care Awards at SCQF level 6, 7, 9 and 10.
I also assess the Assessor Award L&D9 qualification.
I have been involved in the delivery of SVQs since the very early days and have seen them evolve over the past 20 + years.
Before working in learning and development I worked in local authority adult services and was a registered Manager. I am a qualified social worker and I hold the Professional Development Award in Practice Learning.
I enjoy working for ARC Scotland because I get the opportunity to work with candidates in a wide range of roles and services. Although I work on a freelance basis there is always support available to me from the assessment centre.
Following early retirement, in Jan 2020 I started as a freelance Assessor/Verifier for ARC, supporting the range of Health & Social Care SVQ/CSLM awards.
I first began assessing candidates in 2006 when I was asked by my employer to support staff through their SVQ awards. At the time I was also completing my own SVQ L4, Managers & Assessors award via ARC. It was hard work whilst running the day to day activities of a young persons homeless service. On successful completion of the awards my Manager asked me to join the Organisations Learning & Development Team. I subsequently moved on to work with 2 x Local Authorities both designing & delivering training & supporting staff in different services e.g. adult care, learning disabilities, mental health, care in the community & criminal justice to successfully complete their awards.
Working freelance gives me the freedom to balance life & still take on work I enjoy. Over the years I have gained many skills in different roles e.g. Counsellor, Support Worker, Manager, Trainer, Tai Chi Instructor, Sound Therapist & more. People (staff and those who use services) their future & wellbeing are important to me and I work with ARC because ARC shares those same values.
My name is Angus Lind and I have worked with ARC, as a freelance SVQ assessor, for about 3 years.
I have worked in the Health & Social Care sector for approximately 30 years mainly in the voluntary sector in Edinburgh. Throughout those thirty years I worked in care homes before spending the majority of my career working in the community supporting people living in their own home as a support worker, senior support worker before going into management of services.
I started to work for ARC as I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff I met and their commitment to high quality in delivery of their training; I also believe that ARCs vision of involving people who receive support from social care agencies in everything they do fits with my own beliefs and values of wanting people to be at the centre of their support and involved as much as possible in decision making and being involved in shaping the support they receive.
I am a freelance Assessor/Verifier with ARC Scotland supporting candidates to achieve all levels of Care Awards and also CSLM Level 10.
I began my working life in Royal Edinburgh Hospital working night shift since my children were young.
Since then I have worked in the Social Care Sector within various Health and Private Sectors.
Having most recently managed a service for Enable Scotland for twenty years supporting ladies who had various degrees of Physical and Learning Disabilities. During this time I undertook my assessor award and at the same time developed and supported my staff team to achieve their required SVQ Awards.
I joined ARC Scotland in 2006 as a freelance assessor and in 2008 undertook verifier award. I am very passionate about SVQ’s to the extent that I would say that I look upon it as one of my hobbies.
I have never regretted joining ARC and I continue to enjoy supporting candidates to achieve their chosen awards with very positive outcomes.
I regard myself as being honest and reliable and very patient and approachable which is necessary when supporting candidates from various different ethnic backgrounds to achieve their chosen awards.
I am married and have three sons and a daughter and two grandchildren with whom I really enjoy spending quality time.
I am an avid reader and I also enjoy travelling abroad each year to spend time with my extended family.
Graeme Taylor - Freelance Assessor/Verifier & Trainer
Graeme has worked in a variety of settings in health and social care for over 34 years, he worked with children in Edinburgh in schools with children with particular needs, he managed adult residential and visiting support services providing care and support to people with learning disabilities and with people who had mental ill-health.
Graeme managed services for Ark Housing Association, The Action Group, and later spent five years with ELCAP, during this time he also became the joint lead IV.
Graeme worked with Scottish Borders Council Social Work training department for 9 years delivering training to staff in all areas of the department and as an Assessor and Internal Verifier for candidates undertaking their SVQ in Health and Social Care.
Graeme has been delivering training for ARC Scotland for the last 8 years and also is an Assessor and I.V.