Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Paul Hamlyn Fellow
Sam is the Director and Founder of The Junction (Young People, Health & Wellbeing), an awards- winning charity based in Edinburgh which works with and for young people on a range of health issues.
Prior to setting up the Junction, Sam spent over a decade working for two Edinburgh-based voluntary organisations with a focus on homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues and childhood sexual abuse. While of vital importance, these services were reactive; trying to support people in putting the pieces back together after the damage had been done and Sam's experience of this fuelled her drive to develop a proactive, early intervention service, the Junction.
Sam is committed to a community development approach with a deep seated belief in our ability to achieve an equitable world. In addition to her work role, Sam has been an active member of a number of Voluntary Organisations Boards including Edinburgh Women’s Aid, Health Opportunities Team and Pathway (Supporting Survivors).
Current principal role: Director and Founder
Current principal organisation: The Junction
Other leadership role 1: Scotland Committee Member
Other organisation 1: Heritage Lottery Fund
Other leadership role 2: Parent Council Treasurer
Other organisation 2: Royal Mile Primary
Other leadership role 3: Co Chair
Other organisation 3: Edinburgh Alcohol & Drug Partnership: Children & families Sub group
Research: Working within the paradoxes: How can we meaningfully describe the added value of non financial resources to the social sector?
Research topics: Corporate social responsibility; Impact; Social investment; Values;
Secondment host: Inspiring Scotland