Julie-Ann MacQueen OBE
Julie-Ann Macqueen OBE, Previous Director of the Scottish Council for Single Parents, died peacefully, in Edinburgh, on June 22, 2019, aged 91 years.
Julie-Ann was made Director of the Scottish Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child in 1967 which in 1973 became the Scottish Council for Single Parents (SCSP), predecessor to OPFS.
While she was the Director, SCSP expanded dramatically, with the number of staff growing from seven to over forty. A Sitter Service was established in Edinburgh. Work in Glasgow expanded in 1984 with ‘The Play Project’, which provided crèche services throughout Glasgow, as well as parent evenings. Dundee also saw further expansion in January 1984 with a drop-in centre on the City’s Whitfield estate, an area where 1 in 3 families were headed by a single parent. Without Julie- Ann’s passion and commitment to single parent families there would be no One Parent Families Scotland. We owe her a debt of gratitude.
Julie-Ann was awarded an OBE for services to children and families in 1987. When she retired in 1988, she set up the Macqueen Appeal Trust to help support the wellbeing of young single parents with an emphasis on helping them improve their education. An Interview with Julie-Ann in February 2017 reveals what inspired her – “There was so much poverty and injustice.”