Amy receives the Barony College Trophy for Inspiration

Amy was referred to Lead Scotland by her guidance teacher at school.  After being accepted by Lead Amy joined our MCMC (More Choices More Chances) SCOPE (Socialisation, communication, opportunities, progression, Effective Citizenship) group in Westhill where she worked on improving many skills such as IT, budgeting, confidence and social skills.

We supported Amy to apply and prepare for college and she was successful in attaining two unconditional places – one in Aberdeen and one from Barony College in Dumfries. The confidence and skills developed whilst working with Lead allowed her to accept the Dumfries offer where she boarded. This was a huge step for Amy as she has autism and finds social situations very difficult.


Over the summer Amy worked on a full time basis and managed to save over £1000 for her college fund. Amy was supported in this opportunity by both her mum and Lead Scotland in the form of an Activity Agreement. Amy also achieved her 25 hours Saltire Award.

Amy left Lead in august to take up her transitional place at Barony College on an animal care course, however, she kept in touch with our Learning Co-ordinator via telephone calls, email and meetings during holidays. This proved very successful and helped motivate and keep Amy on track. Her mum commented to say “Thank you for taking the time in keeping in regular touch with Amy.  I do think that has really helped.” Amy was the first student to receive the Barony College Trophy for Inspiration. This was a unanimous decision by the College and they commented that she was a student who had overcome difficulties and progressed.

Amy received her National Certificate in Animal Care in March and she has since re-engaged with Lead Scotland who helped her secure a Stage 3 Employability Course.  Both Amy and her mum were delighted with this. As well as this Amy also secured a job working at Morrisons. Amy completed her Employability Course with the Premier Inn and has since attended an interview and been offered a receptionist job with them.

Both Amy’s mum and everybody at Lead Scotland are so proud of Amy and all of her many achievements.