Thenue Community staff members

Shay Young
Digital Inclusion Community Worker

Shay joined the Thenue team in July 2014, helping to deliver the Smart Communities Project. Shay has several years experience of teaching a range of subject to both young people and adults, in School, College and University environments, and has experience as a Youth Worker. She is passionate about learning and loves teaching others new skills.

Her role has expanded in recent months and  involves a range of responsibilities relating to the Smart Communities Project. Shay is involved in organising, developing and delivering Smart Communities events, such as free IT Drop-in sessions, and smartphone and tablet workshops..


tel: 0141 550 9575

Dawn McManus
Community Engagement Officer

Dawn Joined Thenue in 2013 and has worked within Community work for over 8 years in various roles. She has been involved in both Community Development and Community Education and believes in the value of empowering people and communities to make positive changes.

Her role is to work with community groups, assessing need and developing projects and building capacity;

  • Working with local people and groups to participate and positively affect change
  • Increase local capacity
  • Apply for funding for local projects/initiatives
  • Oversee Smart Communities Digital Inclusion Project


tel: 0141 550 9576

Lawrence McCabe
Community Regeneration Manager

Lawrence joined Thenue in 2010 and has spent over 25 years working in the community sector, much of it with housing associations, enough time to recognise their unique ability to contribute to the renewal of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

His role is to oversee the development and delivery of all Thenue’s community regeneration activity;
– working with local people to identify local needs
– developing projects that respond to these needs
– securing the funding to resource those projects
– overseeing the delivery of projects
– helping to make projects sustainable

tel: 0141 550 9552

Simon Freeburn
Digital Inclusion Project Assistant

Simon joined Thenue Housing Association in June 2015 after a year with North Lanarkshire Council as their Strategy Graduate, bringing with him a broad range of experience including project management, economic development, external funding, and marketing.

Simons responsibilities with Thenue, as part of the Smart Communities Project include:

  • Running IT drop in sessions, and 1-1 sessions, in all communities Thenue operates in.
  • Managing the Lending Library (Tablets and Laptops)
  • Device repair and maintenance.
  • CoderDojo administration and mentoring.
  • Energy Advice.

tel: 0141 550 9542

Laura McWilliams
Project Administrator

Laura joined Thenue in March 2014 and has spent over 20 years working in the Housing sector, although her previous roles have all been within Corporate Services she is really enjoying the work she is involved in within Community Regeneration. Laura is involved in supporting the Learning Works Project.

Her role involves: 

  • Update the monthly expenditure files
  • Ensure all funding applications are filled out on time with the necessary financial information
  • Complete and submit annual funding claims to funders.

email: tel: 0141 550 9552

Margaret Anne Gachagan
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Margaret Anne joined us in 2015, and has vast experience in working with volunteers, having worked with volunteers in all of her previous job roles, inclusing with the Simon Community, Paddington Integration Project, Scottish Training for Alcohol and Drugs( STRADA) and Working Together for Change, to name a few. Margaret Anne develops and delivers programmes, training courses and individuals sessions focusing on people managing and feeling more in control of their life choices.

Recently Margaret Anne has been delivering a programme to support people to develop both personal and employability skills. Margaret Anne responds to the needs identified by the community and is keen to match people and their talents to various projects and initiatives.

tel: 0141 550 9505
mob: 07919304114

Julie Broadley
Digital Inclusion Project Assistant

Julie joined the team in 2015, and has been working in her local community for the past 4 years. Julie started off volunteering and then moved on to youth work with Fuse Youth Café. She has great experience in developing and delivering schools programmes and employability programmes and believes in engaging with her local community to pass on her skills and experience to others.

Julie’s role involves delivering digital drop-in sessions to the local community, helping people get on line- sometimes for the first time. These sessions can involve anything from helping with CVs, setting up email addresses to showing people how to use YouTube videos to learn new skills, and social media to keep in touch with family and friends. Julie also actively works with Digital Inclusion Volunteers to extend the support in the drop-ins.