Ashleigh’s Story

Ashleigh was one of SUSE’s very first Peer Support for Work members, joining in October 2016.  

Hailing from Dumfries, Ashleigh is a very independent young woman, who manages her own team of Personal Assistants and graduated from university with a degree in psychology.

Despite her qualifications and valuable skills and experience Ashleigh has struggled to find paid employment.

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Ashleigh regularly volunteers for a number of organisations including EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council) and routinely attends relevant conferences and events including SDSS’s National Voice Event, Inclusion Scotland’s Employability Event and SUSE’s recent annual conference and Self Directed Support workshops.

At our Peer Support for Work Hubs participants often hear from relevant guest speakers about various employability opportunities and it was here that Ashleigh first heard about the residential Partners In Policy-making course, which she then applied to join.  Run annually by In Control Scotland, the year long Community Leadership course funded by the Scottish Government and based in Dunblane, brings together disabled people and parents of disabled children to bring about positive change in society.  Ashleigh’s participation has been so successful she has been asked and accepted a place on In Control Scotland’s Board of Directors.


Something interesting about me:

I travel around the UK a lot as an advocate for disabled people


Something I am proud of:

Getting my degree from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh


My personal motto:

For I know the plan I have for you….