Roz’s Big Aberdeen Story

IMG_0967“Inspire help me to live a good life. I suppose, get my life back on track. I’d be lost without Inspire, I really would.”

Roz has been living in her own flat, in Aberdeen with the help of Inspire for the past 5 years. She has learning disabilities and additional support needs which means that she needs some extra help in order to live independently.

Before moving to her current location, Roz stayed in a group living set-up but now lives more independently which she really values. The support staff at the service where Roz lives, assist her with household tasks such as cleaning and paying her bills and organising her very busy social calendar!

In her own words, she is “Getting more independent all the time” thanks to the housing support service provided by Inspire.

Roz enjoys getting involved in the vast array of exciting, volunteering and fundraising opportunities that Inspire has offered to her. Indeed, she has courageously walked over hot coals and completed the Inspire Firewalk on Bonfire Night for the past two years. This is something Roz feels has taught her that she can achieve things that she didn’t think she could.

Roz also loves to lend a hand with the various fundraising events that are organised by Inspire, everything from movie nights to a Not So Spooky Halloween disco for children, the ticket money from which was donated back to the charity.

As well as helping out at Inspire events Roz also works at North East Community Workshop and enjoys singing, dancing, drama and discos. Every Tuesday she contributes a few hours of her day towards volunteering in Café Coast – Inspire’s social enterprise café on Aberdeen’s Beach Boulevard.

IMG_0637Roz really loves her time at Café Coast as it is a place where she can socialise with a diverse range of people and she has quickly become a valued member of the team. Her tasks include greeting customers, serving drinks and clearing tables – and she tackles this role with her positive attitude and beaming smile.

Roz has also benefitted from participating in Inspire’s employability programme, Inspire Academy (formally known as Café Academy) where she learned many valuable life skills such as IT skills and job searching techniques and assisting at the charity-run Boccia sessions at Aberdeen Sports Village.

Her love of being in the spotlight led to Roz being the focus of Inspire’s 2014/2015 Annual Report, which involved visiting a number of the charity’s services and meeting many of the other people it supports. Roz thoroughly enjoyed this experience and you can read about her ‘Inspiring Journey’ at the following link

As Roz herself says: “Inspire support me to have a better life and are there when I need them.”

Aberdeen Issues from this story

  1. Do our attitudes become more positive when we see people with learning difficulties or additional support needs in paid or voluntary work?
  2. What barriers exist to sports or arts activity for people with additional support needs?

Inspire PTL are Roz’s STORYTELLER.

Formed in 1988, Inspire PTL (Partnership Through Life) now supports and empowers the life choices of more than 400 adults, young people and children with learning disabilities and additional support needs throughout the North-east of Scotland.

The organisation provides a range of services, including 24 hour residential care, supported accommodation, employability training, respite care, sporting and social activities, day trips and holiday activity schemes.

Volunteering is a vital tool for helping to raise the profile of Inspire and allows the organisation to engage with the local communities in which it operates and provides innovative and unique ways for the people it supports to achieve their goals.

Current ways to get involved with Inspire’s work on a voluntary basis include becoming a befriender to one of the people supported by the charity; acting as a mentor to Inspire Academy students or undertaking a corporate volunteering project.

Further information about Inspire PTL is available on-line at


  • Future Choices combats social inclusion and recreational activities for the disabled community and respite for the carers.
  • Cornerstone provides care and support services for adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs.
  • VSA has a vast history of providing exceptional outcome driven educational opportunities for individuals with additional support needs.
  • Graeme Pyper guides firewalking participants as international motivation coach in the field of Human Potential Coaching.
  • North East Community Workshop provides a structured day service which provides an opportunity for people to partake in a meaningful day time occupation whereby the environment is a safe place to go.
  • Music 4 U offers socially inclusive musical opportunities to young people from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities
  • Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sport and exercise facility in Scotland and provides world class opportunities for everyone in the community
  • Local Area Coordinators work with children and adults with learning disabilities across the city of Aberdeen. Their work is on a short term basis and they do not provide formal support services but help participation in all aspects of community, private and public life.
  • Create Aberdeen are a non profit charity organisation who formed in 2010 due to several day centres for adults with additional support needs closure which had an impact on suitable activities available in Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen and District Disabled Multisports Coaching Group was established by Alistair Williamson in 1996. It’s primary purpose was to involve all those with disabilities in sport.
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  • The Bread Maker operates as a bespoke bakery, bringing to the marketplace an opportunity to purchase premium quality products, using the best ingredients and the highest manufacturing standards while functioning as a social enterprise allowing adults with learning disabilities to fully participate in a thriving and growing concern
  • Rosie’s Social Enterprises provides vocational training, support and work experience for people recovering from acquired brain injuries, mental health and a range of other conditions. They operate Rosie’s Café
  • Social Bite prepare delicious hand made food everyday, using fresh, healthy and local produce. 1 in 4 of our team are formerly homeless people.
  • Fine Peace Café at Sheddocksley Baptist Church is staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, and at the end of every year distributes all profits made back into supporting other community work
  • Transition Extreme’s “Neutral Space” concept that offers Community Partners a discounted rate to utilise our café when working with clients
  • Scottish Disability Sport is the Scottish governing and co-coordinating body of all sports for children, athletes and players of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability.  SDS has the vision of leading the development of sport and physical recreation for disabled sports people in Scotland and contributing to UK and international initiatives.

What Happened Next

What will happen as a result of Roz’s Story?