The aim of this trip was to network in Lebanon, identify the greatest needs of the refugee children and to see how FLOC might be able to help. Although it was a reconnaissance trip myself and the two wonderful volunteers Eileen Pickering (primary school teacher) and Lois Pickering her daughter (the photographer) were able to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in.
Julie-Anne Alexander is the FLOC chair and a trustee; she is married to Kevin and they have 2 teenage sons, Daniel and Aaron. Julie-Anne lives in Dundee and is a member of City church. She is passionate about people; particularly children, discovering that Jesus loves them and that He heals and restores.Julie-Anne has worked as a children’s service manager for the charity Barnardo’s for almost 5yrs. Her previous experience includes; local authority foster carer, nurse, college lecturer and young people’s drug and alcohol counsellor. Julie-Anne Qualified as a nurse in Aberdeen in 1994 and has further qualifications in counselling skills from Abertay University and leadership and management in health and social care from Stirling University.
Karen Bennett is Floc Treasurer and trustee. Karen works at Dundee based overseas development charity, Signpost International as book keeper and payroll administrator. She has previous experience of volunteering for charities and is the current chairperson of Dundee Foodbank. Karen is married with 2 daughters and is a member of Downfield Mains Church.
Peter Connolly – FLOC Trustee
BA, M.Phil., CQSW
Peter qualified as a Social Worker and graduated in Dundee in 1989. His career has mainly been involved in Children’s Services and Child Protection in particular. He also spent 6 years as a practitioner and team leader in Child and Family Psychiatry. He has worked as a Senior Manager in the Orkney Islands leading service improvements and child protection services. He was an Honorary Teaching Fellow with Dundee University and later a full time Senior Teaching Fellow with the University of Stirling. He has a global vision for child welfare and has visited Southern India, Palestine and Borneo to extend his knowledge of global issues and different cultural challenges. Peter is committed to making a difference through FLOC for young lives in different places, to help them to restore and rebuild their foundations and emotional resilience.