Leadership programme success for Marie

Lynne Elwell of In-Control, Marie Johnston and Dr. Philippa Whitford , MP for Central Ayrshire
Lynne Elwell of In-Control, Marie Johnston and Dr. Philippa Whitford , MP for Central Ayrshire

Inverurie charitable organisation, Grampian Opportunities is celebrating the achievement of one of its team members.

Marie Johnston has graduated from an internationally recognised leadership development programme, Partners in Policymaking by In Control Scotland.

The programme gives participants the chance to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to advocate for better treatment and social justice for disabled people.

Jaynie Mitchell, the lead associate for delivery of the programme said: “All of the work we do is driven by a strong belief in social inclusion and the view that everyone is entitled to the supports they need to be part of and included in their own community.”

Funding is received from the Scottish Government Self Directed Support Team.

Marie was lucky enough to be awarded the opportunity to take part, travelling to Dunblane Hydro in Perthshire to join 32 fellow participants.

Following eight weekend sessions of training and talks from inspirational leaders from across the world, Marie received a graduation certificate which recognises her ability to effectively contribute to policy making.

Marie said: “I really enjoyed the course and have learned so much from the speakers from around the world and all the wonderful and inspiring participants who completed the course alongside me.

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to make a difference to help families and individuals with disabilities.”

Marie, who has been with Grampian Opportunities for five years, is keen to continue to try to make a difference in her local community and ‘Partners in Policymaking’ graduates can go on to influence policy making at a national level.

Linda Singer, Development Worker with GO, added: “Marie joined Grampian Opportunities as a volunteer before moving into a paid role. This programme has been a fantastic next step in Marie’s personal development and builds on her desire to improve life for people with disabilities and long term conditions.”