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Sam Collins

Befriending Assistant

Sam joined Ecas in July 2016, replacing Ken Fisher as the Befriending Assistant. Originally from Bedfordshire in England, Sam gained a BSc in Disaster Management and Technology from the University of Birmingham in 2008, which lead him into a career in disaster mitigation and humanitarian shelter work. This allowed him to live and work in India, Switzerland, France and Pakistan.

After meeting his partner at a music festival in Belgium, Sam settled down in England for a bit before relocating to Norway to initiate a career change by studying for a Master in Community Work at Bergen University College. In 2013 he moved to Edinburgh, volunteering for a while before becoming a community worker for Carr Gomm for 2 years, running a befriending-style project.

Sam is passionate about working with people to gain more power over their daily lives, and to become more involved in their communities. He became a father in 2015 and in the little free time he has left listens to music (fast and loud), watches films (nothing too commercial), watches rugby (Saracens) and reads (sci-fi and radical politics).


Ally Irvine Chief Executive & Befriending Manager
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Sam Collins Befriending Assistant
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