It is with great sadness that Bridges Project has learned of the death of our former Chief Executive Jim Boyle. For over 30 years, Jim had led the Project as it inspired thousands of young people in the Lothians to build a confident future.
Last year alone more than 500 teenagers and young adults completed one or more of Bridges Project’s support programmes, successfully helping them into work, or further education whilst gaining important life skills. Without this intervention, many of them would have ended up unemployed and facing a range of challenges such as poor mental health and social isolation.
Since its establishment in 1985, Jim helped build the Musselburgh based charity to its current operation, employing a staff team of 16 committed professionals. As a keen advocate of good governance and transparency in the voluntary sector, his skills and personality were instrumental in winning the support of the Bridges Project’s financial backers.
Emma Scarcliffe, our Acting Chief Executive, paid tribute to Jim, “He truly was an incredible man who was dedicated to ensuring young people were given the right support to overcome challenges and go on to live fulfilling and successful lives. He was passionate, committed and inspiring, leading Bridges Project to become the highly successful charity it is today. I speak on behalf of the whole staff team when I say not only was he a fantastic leader and mentor, he was a true friend who will be dearly missed.”
Karen Aitchison, Chairperson of our Board of Trustees added “Jim was a man of strong principles. His depth of compassion was matched by forward thinking practicality – always with the good of the young people he served at the front and centre of his practice. His views were often thought provoking and challenging and delivered with a bone dry sense of humour, he will be greatly missed.”