Who we are
Givin’ it Laldie is made up of a small staff team supported by freelance musicians. Everyone who works with Givin’ it Laldie is an experienced Community Musician with a passion for working with music to improve wellbeing and bring people together.
Clare McBrien – Manager
Clare works in the background to make sure the organisation runs smoothly by securing funding, leading on monitoring and evaluation, deepening partnerships in the Gorbals and ensuring all the correct policies and procedures are in place.
Marix Leahy – Community Musician
Marix leads the Gorbals Children’s Choir, and the Strum for Life and Inters groups.
Michelle Burke – Community Musician
Michelle leads the Sing for Health choir and the singing sessions in local dementia units and sheltered housing accommodation.
Chani Bond – Community Development Officer
Chani’s role is to create connections, within the Gorbals and beyond, building and supporting the Givin’ it Laldie community.
Board of Trustees
Chair of the Board: Heidi van der Swaagh
In addition to being the Chair at GiL, I teach low-strings at Big Noise, Raploch, a music education and social change programme for young people and families. I am also lecturer in Cello at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Juniors and Primary Instrument Programme, and principal cellist of the Nevis Ensemble.
I joined the board of GiL because I believe in the power of music within communities.
I am the Fundraising Manager with Dogs Trust’s individual giving Team.
I’m a Gorbals resident and an avid music lover. When I found out about Givin’ It Laldie and their incredible work in the community, I immediately wanted to get involved and help out if I could. And when I saw an ad looking for board members with fundraising experience, the stars aligned!
I am currently working as a Colleague Observation Manager for Lloyds Bank; assisting with coaching and supporting colleagues.
I joined the board as I wanted to become involved in a grass roots organisation, and I really believe in the value of music for bringing people together.
I work in Education
When I can, I volunteer work in the community with the local schools. The children love Givin’ it Laldie and I heard a lot about it. I joined because of the manager Clare who does so much for the Gorbals community and I find to be inspiring.
I work for Scottish Government dealing with funding for further and higher education funding in Scotland.
I moved to the southside of Glasgow in 2019 and wanted to get involved in a local community organisation as a volunteer; I also love performing and listening to music so GiL was the ideal choice!
I work for the William Grant Foundation, helping to give grants to charities and other organisations who promote health and social causes, and that support Scotland’s culture and heritage.
I love what Givin’ it Laldie do, connecting people and bringing joy through music.