Susan, Jack, Leslie and Eileen’s Story

Susan (PA): "I have been a full time PA for both Jack (dad) and Leslie (son) who has autism, since 2015. Eileen (Jack’s daughter and Leslie’s sister) is my employer and Power of Attorney for both her dad and brother.  The family all live next door to each other in a small township called Heylor consisting of 8 houses in the North Mainland of Shetland.
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Susanne, Heather and Gerry’s Story

Heather (PA employer): "I was driving to one of my last shifts as a midwife before going on maternity leave when a young ‘racer’ lost control of his car and hit me head on. I suffered severe injuries and life changed immeasurably from that moment. At that time our daughter Natasha was 14 months old and I subsequently gave birth to Zoe who has cerebral Palsy."
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Brian and Callum’s Story

Brian (PA):  "I have lived in the Dumfries area all my life and for 33 years I worked in a factory, until being made redundant in 2009. I had also been in the Territorial Army (TA) for 33 years as a cook and after my redundancy I was asked to stay on with the TA to help out with the younger recruits.
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Mandy and Suselle’s Story

Mandy (PA): Why did I become a PA? That’s an interesting story. I have been in a wide variety of jobs in my life. I worked on market stalls, also in a chicken hatchery, then with an Indian family in their clothes shops and latterly, a bus driver. When I was a bus driver, the terminus was in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. There was a canteen, but the banter could be a bit wearing to say the least, so I used to go to another bus company lounge to have a quiet break. One day I spoke to a young woman who was in the lounge and seemed a bit lost.
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Dale and Omar’s Story

Dale: "I started working for Omar when he was a student at Edinburgh Napier University. I had no experience of supporting someone with a disability, but I did know what it was like to be at college –both the pressures and the social life!"
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Lizzy and Yvette’s Story

Yvette (PA employer): "I am mum to six children, three of whom still live at home. My youngest two children, Anthony, 11 years and Kieren, 10 years, both have autism, but that is where the similarities end. They have very different personalities with very different needs. My other son, Terrence, also has an impairment so family life can be exhausting and challenging. I was not offered any support after the boys were first diagnosed so life was very difficult.
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Jordan

Jordan (on the left of the photo) has complex needs. Being able to have PAs has really widened his horizons. In this photo he is on a speed boat on Loch Lomond with his PA who is the guy taking the selfie.
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Stuart

This is Stuart, Jim who is Stuart’s PA and Stuart’s rowing coach
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