Board of Trustees

The role of our trustees is to set the vision and direction for The Gate and to make sure that the charity operates legally, with integrity and in line with its values. They seek to enable The Gate and its staff to be the best that they can be in their role of serving people who are vulnerable, isolated or living in crisis situations in Clackmannanshire. Each trustee brings their particular professional or life expertise as well as their passion to serve those who currently find themselves in a difficult place.

Rita McNeil

Trustee/Project Leader (Soup pot)

Val Rose


Evelyn Paterson


Anne Marchant


Sheena Hodgkinson



The Gate has a small but committed team of staff who work very hard to maintain the day to day tasks of running The Gate, its services and projects. Staff are very passionate about their roles and ensure that everyone who enters The Gate to use our services, leave the building with their dignity in tact.


Chief Officer

I like working at the Gate because…Every day is different; I love to watch our ideas develop into projects that change the lives of the people who use our services.

You can contact Jilly by email on:


Volunteer Coordinator & Assistant Manager

I enjoy working at the Gate because… I like the challenge and helping people.

Jane is responsible for managing volunteers, if you would like to find out more about volunteering you can contact her on:


Cleaning Assistant

I enjoy working at the Gate because… I like the job satisfaction, i can see my contribution at the end of my shift.


Resilience Building Coordinator

I have been volunteering at The Gate since last November and have loved my time here and met some of the most caring and dedicated people. I am over the moon to be given the role of Resilience Coordinator as it gives me and the other volunteers the chance to empower people to break the cycle of poverty and isolation. 


Finance Assistant

If you have any queries regarding making a donation, please email


Meals at The Gate delivery driver and all round good guy 🙂


Foodbank Development Coordinator

Kate & Michelle

Charity Shop Managers


Foodbank Administrator

Our Volunteers

The Gate is dependent on an incredible team of volunteers from all walks of life, from all different age groups and from all different backgrounds. Each volunteer offers their time, life skills and experience to ensure that our services operate with efficiency and dedication. People volunteer for a number of reasons, some are retired and have life long skills and experience to share, some people volunteer to gain some valuable work experience and others simply volunteer as they have spare time to give help people in need. Although every volunteer has different reasons for volunteering, each volunteer shares a common theme, a desire to help others within their community with great empathy, dedication and commitment.

Evelyn Paterson

Starter Pack Co-ordinator

School Uniform Bank Volunteers

Gate volunteers, SNP and Ochilview Housing staff lend a hand during our open week!

David & Andy

General DIY and Handyman Volunteers


Foodbank Volunteer




Soup Pot Volunteer


Soup Pot Volunteer


Soup Pot & Fundraising Volunteer


Community Cafe Volunteer


Community Cafe Volunteer


Fundraising Volunteer