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Debbie Zima

Debbie Zima

Debbie has an insatiable curiosity for how finance can be used to help vulnerable people and communities and has spent 20 years in the social investment sector.  This journey began in Chicago at IFF one of the largest Community Development Finance Institutions in the US.

After coming to live in Scotland with her family in 2007, Debbie brought her international experience and personal passion to Social Investment Scotland where she spent 10 years, working to increase access to capital with communities across Scotland. With a keen interest in social impact and diversity and equality she has sat on various UK-wide social investment intermediary advisory groups and was instrumental in bringing Aeris (an impact investment credit rating for the CDFI sector in the US) to the UK.

She now brings her contagious energy, and positive demeanour to Inspiring Scotland to work on intandem supporting the charities to establish this national mentoring programme.

In her spare time, she loves walking her Border Terrier, running and is ‘slowly’ writing a family inter-generational cookery book.

Playing outside helps children to have a stake in their communities
29.11.2019

Playing outside helps children to have a stake in their communities

By Jill Fraser, Community Play Performance Advisor Community is an old and deeply human idea. It is about sharing; people sharing experiences, sharing places and sharing hopes. We gain a sense of community early in our lives. For children, playing is intrinsically linked to a burgeoning sense of belonging to a bigger group of people

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Beyond play: community play charities are a vital support for struggling families
20.11.2019

Beyond play: community play charities are a vital support for struggling families

By Jill Fraser, Community Play Performance Advisor Inspiring Scotland exists to address poverty and disadvantage. The role of Play Rangers, our community play programme, in this work isn’t self-evident. Yet giving children the opportunity to play outside, in their own neighbourhood, can reveal the damaging effects and true extent of child poverty in Scotland and

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People are at the heart of sustainable charities
19.11.2019

People are at the heart of sustainable charities

All charities have the people they serve at the heart of everything they do, writes Performance Advisor Kirsty Gilchrist. It is a core principle of our sector. But people are also at the heart of how they do it. Without the energy, compassion and expertise of staff, charities could not do the extraordinary work they

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