Social care organisation Blue Triangle has appointed new CEO Gary Meek. He joins after eight years as CEO for Glasgow Council on Alcohol. He also has previous experience at Ayrshire College, Crossroads Caring Scotland and Victim Support Scotland. Gary Meek chaired the Scottish Alcohol Counselling Consortium board for several years, helping the organisation strengthen its focus on alcohol counselling training, developing partnership working at the national level and securing funding to support SACC into the future.
Blue Triangle provides trauma-informed support in accommodation services and in communities across Scotland. Half of those entering Blue Triangle services move onto their own tenancy, helping to break the homelessness cycle.
Gary Meek, CEO at Blue Triangle, said:
“I am delighted to be joining Blue Triangle at this exciting stage of its journey, and look forward to the work we will be able to achieve for the people who use our services and the teams who provide that support.
Blue Triangle is promoting recovery through their outreach work and partnership with SMART Recovery, and I anticipate future developments in this important area.”
James Lloyd, Director of Finance & Corporate Services at Blue Triangle said:
“We are all very excited about Gary starting at Blue Triangle as he is already an experienced CEO. He brings a wealth of knowledge across housing and social care and aligns closely with our values. Gary is passionate about and has been delivering trauma informed practices and person-centred support for many years. He is ambitious about what Blue Triangle can achieve and we are confident that he will work well with our staff, valuing their input to make improvements to our services for our supported people.”
20% of those entering Blue Triangle services this year were impacted by alcohol or drug use. Outreach teams operate in Alexandria, Ayr, Motherwell and Oban, aiming to support people with their recovery and into their own tenancy. Our services also run SMART Recovery meetings in person and online, and link in with local recovery communities and cafes.
Notes to Editors
Blue Triangle has scored highly in recent Care Inspections, with services Bruce Court in Paisley and Viewpark in Uddingston scoring 5’s (Very Good) across all categories.
Feedback from the Care Inspection reports included:
“This accommodation is amazing. The staff are brilliant, you feel welcome and there is nothing bad I can say about this place.”
“Staff are always there to help me when I ask and I want help.”
Supported young people, Bruce Court
[The staff team] “Really care, listen, and follow through on the things they say they will help with.”
“All staff are lovely and really caring, more so than anywhere else I have stayed.”
Supported young people, Viewpark
Watch Breakthrough: the beautiful game as a road to recovery, a case story about our Motherwell outreach service who operate from Fir Park.
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About Blue Triangle
Blue Triangle has been operating at the intersection of Social Care and Social Justice in Scotland since 1975. We are unique as a national registered care provider, registered social landlord, and registered charity.
We are a social care organisation that supports over 400 people every day, across ten local authorities. We provide young people and adults with safe, supportive housing and work with them towards their own tenancy. Our staff are trauma-informed and available 24/7 in all our services, championing our supported people’s rights and helping them overcome barriers.
- Half of all supported people entering our services went onto their own tenancy.
- 45% of those entering our services this year were sleeping rough.
- 38% of those entering our services in 2023 were young people aged 16 – 25 years old.
- 24% of those admitted to our services this year had issues with their mental health.