Ashleigh is in running for a top award

Care experienced Ashleigh Stephen

Our participation assistant Ashleigh Stephen is celebrating after being nominated as a finalist at this year’s prestigious Scottish Social Services Awards due to take place on 6 June 2018.

She's a bright spark

Ashleigh has been shortlisted in the Bright Spark category, which recognises and rewards excellence in making a difference to someone’s life.

Building relationships

The judges praised Ashleigh, noting she encourages opportunities for care experienced young people to have their voices heard, building strong relationships with them.  Her determination to improve their outcomes stems from her experience of being in foster care and she is currently a kinship carer herself.

Her hard work is recognised

Midlothian’s cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Jim Muirhead, who is pictured with Ashleigh and Joan Tranent, the head of children's services, said: “We are absolutely delighted Ashleigh’s dedication and hard work is being recognised. She is very much looking forward to being part of the event and celebrating all the excellent work that is happening right now in the sector.”

Celebrating excellence

Introduced just last year, the Scottish Social Services Awards aim to cut across boundaries, celebrate excellence and bring one of the country’s largest sectors together. 

This year’s awards attracted over 100 applications nationwide, representing a diverse mix of social services that have made a positive difference to people’s lives.

29 May 2018