Lifelines Scotland

About us

We’re a national NHS project, hosted by the Rivers Centre in NHS Lothian, and are proud to be working with government, statutory, voluntary and charitable partners to support the wellbeing of the emergency service staff and volunteers in Scotland.

Below you’ll find our 10 Essentials behind everything we do at Lifelines, plus information about who we are, our history and the latest news. For more details you can also take a look at our Prospectus.

Who we are

Gill Moreton

PROJECT LEAD
Gill is project and clinical lead for Lifelines Scotland. She has worked with children and adults affected by trauma since 1991. She joined the Rivers Centre team in 2002 and has led the Centre’s work with emergency service staff since 2005. Gill is a clinician, supervisor and trainer and acts as a consultant to the Scottish Government.

Marianne Gelister

PROJECT SUPPORT
Marianne joined the team in 2021 and provides support with evaluation, research and training.  Prior to this, they have worked for Penumbra, delivering crisis interventions and suicide prevention services. Marianne has also undertaken research into the role of self-care for improving the wellbeing of health and social care workers.

Stephen Penny MBE

TRAINING ADVISOR VOLUNTEERS
Steve joined the team in 2021. He has been a volunteer emergency responder with Scottish Mountain Rescue (and the Tweed Valley MRT based in Melrose) for over 30 years (started 1991) and is currently National Wellbeing Officer (in a voluntary capacity). He retired from the Forestry Commission in 2020 after a career spanning over 35 years.

Paul Weatherburn

TRAINING ADVISOR FIRE
Paul joined the team in 2021  He served in the military for 11 years where he first became an instructor. He thereafter served in the Police for 23 years, qualifying as a National Firearms Instructor. He also coordinated the Buddy peer support group for Lothian and Border Police Firearms Units for 7 years.

Leni Rademacher

TRAINING ADVISOR POLICE
Leni joined the team in 2021. She is a qualified Social Worker who worked in the field of Children and Families, child protection and training for over 25 years. She has worked closely with Police Scotland both in protecting children and delivering staff training. In 2019, Leni become an Independent Consultant and Trainer.

James Evett

TRAINING ADVISOR AMBULANCE/POLICE
James joined the Lifelines team in 2022 after serving 23 years in the military. His roles within the military covered regimental welfare support, including Regimental Nurturing team leader at the infantry training centre. James has spent 20 years leading, mentoring and training infantry soldiers.

Our History

1998

Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress starts working with emergency service staff.

2016

The Scottish Government funds the team at the Rivers Centre to develop Lifelines Scotland for volunteer responders organisations.

2017

Online learning module, the Staying Well Road Trip is created 

2020

Lifelines becomes a resource for the whole emergency service community in Scotland.

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