Michelle Rogers LLB, DipLP, PGDipPHP
Michelle Rogers currently works for Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council supporting a range of charities and community groups that work with children, young people and families on a range of issues including drug and alcohol problems.
Until 2016 she worked for 5 years as the Principal Officer for Substance Misuse with City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership. The Alcohol and Drug Partnership is a collaborative of NHS, local authority, third sector and Police Scotland which has responsibility for the provision of treatment services for people with drug and alcohol problems and reporting current levels of substance misuse to the Scottish Government. Michelle’s role with EADP involved regular review and monitoring of current drug trends and planning training for professionals to increase their skills in supporting people who use illicit substances. In addition, she was responsible for the planning and development of support services for children, young people and families affected by problematic drug use which included working in collaboration with service users in treatment and recovery.
From 2014-15 Michelle worked as a Strategic Programme Manager with NHS Lothian. Her role included set up and monitoring of services to support families affected by parental substance misuse across Lothian.
For many years Michelle worked as a volunteer at Milestone House supporting people living with HIV and AIDS, many of whom were drug users, particularly injecting heroin users, or recovering from drug use. In addition, Michelle spent many years providing training on harm reduction in relation to HIV and AIDS for a range of professionals in education, health and voluntary sector including approaches for working with drug users.
Early in her career, Michelle worked for 3 years as a practising solicitor which included work in criminal law procedures, gaining knowledge of legal processes, collection and submission of evidence and familiarity with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.