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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Education and Care

Business Activities:Care services, education, training, employment

Business Location:Scotland (HQ Paisley)

Chief Executive:Graham Bell



Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee


Kibble is Scotland’s national specialist provider of services for young people.

Founded in 1859 and one of Scotland’s oldest charities, Kibble is today a leading social enterprise, working with young people from 12 to 24 and offers a uniquely integrated array of services encompassing intensive residential services, day and community services, secure services, full educational curriculum, intensive fostering, integrated transitions, training and employment.

In recent years Kibble has developed a range of specialist child-focused services to help young people with problems, encompassing the areas of child welfare, youth justice and mental health.

Kibble provides a place of safety, structure and stability, opening up new possibilities for young people to play a useful part in society and prepare them for a happy and fulfilled adult life.

Kibble’s unique advantage is its capacity to provide an integrated array of specialist services from one single site. Its 17.5 acre campus in Paisley is open 24/7 with a multi-disciplinary staff of over 500.

KibbleWorks is its enterprise and employment hub. It offers a spectrum of training and employment opportunities for young people who are in care/preparing to leave care or facing disadvantage in the labour market. Using a traditional pre-apprenticeship model to support a young person who has a range of social, emotional, behavioural and educational difficulties, staff demonstrate leadership skills whilst acting as role models and providing structured boundaries.

The staff at Kibble are qualified in their own areas of expertise and many also have child and youth care qualifications.

E3M Member


Name:Graham Bell

Title :CEO

Graham Bell joined Kibble in 1993, and has been responsible for leading the organisation through its transformation from a traditional charity to one of the country’s most effective social enterprises and a multi-service centre for young people at risk.

He has a Social Studies Degree, Postgraduate qualifications in Social Work and Social Work Education and an MBA. Graham has over 35 years of national and international experience, encompassing residential childcare, youth work and the Third Sector. He is chair of the Social Enterprise Academy, a former non-executive director of Children in Scotland, CCC Training, Traidcraft plc and Turning Point Scotland. He is a former Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellow, having visited the North America to study fostering, adoption and institutional care of children and young people.

Graham was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of the West of Scotland in 2010. In 2011 he was appointed as a board member of Engage Renfrewshire and of CYC-NET the international child and youth care network.