MISS provides support for women and men who have gone through miscarriage, next pregnancy and a different pathway.
Chief Executive Officer – Abi Clarke
“After my miscarriage in 2015 there was no support when you left the hospital. We were grateful to have 2 beautiful children after. Shortly after, I had the idea to create a space where women and men could have a cuppa and chat. Talk about their experiences with no judgement or opinion, form relationships and this is where MISS started.”
As well as this I would like to provide early pregnancy loss services across Scotland for bereaved parents and start to understand with research the reasons for miscarriage as this is still a very taboo subject which is under researched. I am one of the staff members at MISS and main role includes providing support for members, raising awareness across Scotland, starting new partnerships and collaborations with businesses and charities as well as encouraging the public to speak out and be open about their experiences.
MISS follows the OSCR (Scottish Charity Regulator) guidelines for Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status which is under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Therefore we have a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and Committee Members which meet on a monthly basis to discuss matters arising, chairpersons and treasurers report, fundraising/events and any other business.
At MISS we are delighted to have a team of 20 mix of volunteers and staff which are funded by National Lottery and several other local/national funding streams. We are a big believer in ensuring that our workplace policy covers equality, diversity and inclusion for all of our team members. Our team are fantastic in that they have a mix of skillsets, knowledge and experience to bring together as well as supporting for the range of services we carry out for our communities.
Our board members
“As a recent chairperson for a local pre-school I was keen to bring the skills learnt from that experience to this role. I love the purpose and vision of MISS and think it is a fantastic charity. It has been my desire for many years to have the opportunity to work for a cause that can help to improve the lives of others, so this role is perfect.”
“I ensure our financial records are accurate and we meet the necessary reporting obligations required of a register charity. Having had my own struggles with infertility I think the charity provides a great service for those seeking support from others who have ensured similar experiences and also somewhere to turn to for advice.”
PA to Board
“The reason I am volunteering with MISS is because I would love to be able to give back. I can see already that MISS helps so many people and it’s lovely to be a part of that. As Secretary I want to make a difference by supporting the charity and putting in as much time and effort as I can. With Covid taking a lot of the headlines it’s important to remember the other things going on too.”
“I have been helping at MISS since 2020 along with my mum by knitting items including hearts and Christmas baubles for the memory boxes and support packs. I saw an article in newspaper and I wanted to help a very worthwhile local charity.”
Fundraising & Events Manager
Our committee members
“As a volunteer I try and encourage discussion around this taboo subject that affects so many people. I utilise my education in counselling to help wherever I can – supporting, listening and being there for anyone struggling with their own miscarriages. ”
“I chose to support MISS after seeing the effects a loss has on families. I work within the maternity hospital and I have supported women/partners through their losses and have an insight in how things could be improved.”
“I was approached by Abi through my role as Community Champion at Asda Dyce to see if I could help in any way. As I had gone through a miscarriage with my first pregnancy, I was more than willing to help wherever I can.”
Want to join our team?
We have various tasks and activities including fundraising/events, marketing, increasing awareness about charity, funding applications which we need help on. If you can spare, even just a couple hours each month please let us know as it would be great to have you on board with our committee.
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