The staff team at Turning Point Scotland are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of former colleague Ian Irvine. 

We would like to pass on our condolences to Ian’s sons, Allan and Jack, all our thoughts are with them at this time.

Ian retired from Turning Point Scotland last summer as Operations Manager after nearly 20 years with the organisation.

Ian was dedicated, passionate and totally committed to his job, spending 45 years in social work and social care.

He always brought a wry sense of humour to every aspect of his work.

He began his career as a youth worker in Lanarkshire and a social worker in Glasgow in 1971, rising to District Manager.

Ian had been with Turning Point Scotland since 1996 and was instrumental in setting up a number of key support services including the homelessness services then known as Link Up and Moving On, Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre and Housing First.

Ian brought great innovation to Turning Point Scotland and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2013 to visit housing projects in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and New York that are operating Housing First and other related homelessness services.

Following his Churchill Fellowship visit to North America, he was invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2015, to meet Her Majesty the Queen, as patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Ian will be greatly missed by all those who worked with him.