Ally Irvine joined Ecas as Befriending Manager in July 2014. In July 2016, Ally was appointed Chief Executive, a role he combines with his existing responsibility as Befriending Manager. Ally’s work at Ecas is centered around improving the lives of people with a physical disability, something he feels very passionate about.
In February 2016 he joined the board of directors of Befriending Networks, a national organisation which provides support, training and guidance to hundreds of befriending projects.
Previously, Ally worked for a youth charity called Young Enterprise and is moving towards his 10th year working within the 3rd sector. Ally has also spent time working for a housing association supporting vulnerable adults with learning disabilities in the community.
He enjoys going to see live music and listening to his eclectic music collection. His other interests include visiting art exhibitions, reading (autobiographies and thrillers), going to the cinema and cooking.
What clients say about Befriending and Ecas
It was always a great afternoon chatting with Stuart. I find our friendship to be very rewarding. It was a pleasure to be in the company of his character and good humour. We both shareed similar interests and managed to get out to watch his favourite football team play.
I met up again with my Befriender today and had an interesting and enjoyable walk in warm sunshine. I so appreciate his time and kindness. Thank you for making it all possible.
We feel confident now and realise we can do things we couldn’t do before but we can do them now!
Thank you Ecas for supporting us to go on a holiday. The cottage has been great: wheelchair accessible with amazing views around.
The Dukan family
(My befriender) brings the outside world in.
The group is a fantastic way to come together and talk about things: books; our lives; what’s important to us.
Ecas: a good place to be.