Lorina’s curiosity surrounding the “hows” and “whys” of human behaviour led to studying a BSc in Psychology at University.
My degree set the foundation for my career and encouraged me to try and understand the lived experiences of others.
- I am an approachable and friendly person
- I am passionate about creating opportunities for all
- I believe in equality and inclusiveness
- I take a non-judgemental approach and try to understand other people’s perspectives, even if they are different from my own
During my time studying Psychology, I volunteered in Sri Lanka with young people in psychiatric facilities, schools and community settings who were affected by poverty and circumstance.
On my return to Scotland, I continued my job working with elderly people as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, however, left this role to pursue working with young people, in residential care facilities who had experienced trauma or loss.
Prior to working with HOT, I worked with offenders who had learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Many of the individuals I worked with were misunderstood and unheard with anti-social behaviour and deprivation consuming their lives. It became apparent to me that the inequalities people experienced due to their social and economic circumstances impacted greatly on their health and I wanted to learn more about it. This led me to study for a Master’s in Public Health.
Throughout my studies, I recognised a widely unacknowledged gap between physical and mental health. To explore this further, I studied a Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy with the School of Holistic Therapy and became an accredited Massage Therapist with the Massage Training Institute (MTI). I continue to practice Massage Therapy outside of my work with HOT.
Outside of work I spend most of my time getting mucky walking my dog Minnie. I also like being creative and make my own bath bombs, candles and oils at home.