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Our newest Board Member, Karen Motherwell has shared her experience of the SUSE Conference 2019.

Conference events provide an excellent opportunity to meet different people and explore new ideas and this was certainly the case for me attending the SUSE Annual Conference 2019. Hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, the SUSE Annual Conference was a brilliantly well organised event, packed with so much knowledge, experience and great speakers.

What inspired me most was the shared passion and commitment of everyone to help and support more people into paid work. Creating a fairer Scotland that enables more people to enjoy the opportunities of paid employment is what SUSE and its members are working hard to establish and this was evident throughout the entire conference, particularly through the workshop sessions.

I attended three of these workshops; Enterprising Routes to Employment (Social Firm Scotland), Beginner’s Guide for Creating Accessible Websites (Cole AD) and Getting it Right on Sensory Loss (AoHL, Deaf Scotland, Royal Blind, RNIB). Each one was informative, educational and unique in its own way but what I found most interesting was that all three had the shared ambition to help grow Supported Employment in Scotland. This view resonated with the guest speakers on the day too. I found the speeches made by Ian Hamilton (BBC Scotland) and Jamie Hepburn (MSP) to be of great interest, particularly when learning about their own experiences in employment.

All in all, I found the whole event to be very educational and extremely worthwhile. Particularly as it was my first SUSE conference, it was the perfect opportunity for me to network and be introduced to a number of significant people within the sector. I will finish my review of the conference with a special thanks to David Cameron and Michelle Ramsay for all the hard work they put into arranging the event. Their efforts certainly paid off and I’m sure others will join me in saying that the SUSE Annual Conference 2019 was a very special event.

The presentations from the Conference are available to view here