Outstanding Achievements of Dumfriesshire Businesswoman Recognised with OBE

Julie Joseph has been honoured by Her Majesty, The Queen in the 2018 Birthday Honours with an Order of the British Empire for her outstanding work in both the care and charity sectors.

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Julie Joseph grew up in Ayrshire and was educated at Ardrossan Academy and then Dumfries Academy. She later studied at both Strathclyde and Queen Margret Universities and founded The Common Thread Group in 2004.

Julie is a practicing psychotherapist specialising in adolescent trauma and is a long time supporter of young people, mental health and the therapeutic community. She has been recognised for her longstanding commitment to the wellbeing of young people.

As CEO of The Common Thread Group, a care provider for children with some of the most challenging backgrounds in the UK, Julie’s dedication to their care is recognised as being exemplary. Julie was instrumental in developing a model of care which is now replicated throughout Scotland and her perseverance has ensured that Common Thread has become one of the first UK Residential Child Care Companies to be awarded the Platinum Award from Investors in People in 2017.

Beginning her fundraising and charitable career in 1994, Julie has a reputation as a motivated and enthusiastic supporter of many charitable causes and one of her largest campaigns was the Kosovo Appeal, which saw her spearheading the appeal for aid from Dumfries and Galloway to refugees in 1998.

After working with children since 1988, Julie believed that residential care for looked after children could create better outcomes for young people. One of her fundamental principles is that those working within such psychologically toxic environments need a very specific level of care and organisational structure hence the creation of the organisational structure adopted by Common Thread.

Previous to this Julie had created an innovative crisis intervention service, which worked on the same premise keep your staff well and they can more effectively serve the young people they are honoured to be working with”.

Since then Julie has been instrumental in helping hundreds of children in need across the UK, being accommodated by her company. From modest beginnings in 2004 in Dumfries & Galloway her company has grown organically now providing 14 homes and 3 schools throughout Scotland.

Julie Joseph said “I am truly honoured to accept this award but recognise that many people have supported my success not least my daughters Amelia and Sophie and my husband Mark. Gaining recognition for my work within the childcare sector feels very special and I hope that we can continue to raise the profile of our work in residential childcare as this has such a significant impact upon the lives and futures of young people.” 

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