has helped Natalie Naylor, from Huntly, to achieve her ambition by graduating, with honours, from the Robert Gordon University. Now she is preparing to go on to do a masters degree.
Natalie, whose disabilities include Spina Bifida, dyslexia and Gross Motor Development Delay, was assisted by the Moving Forward project at Grampian Opportunities, an independent charity that supports individuals with physical disabilities, mental health issues or long-term conditions.
Natalie graduated with a BA Honours in three-dimensional design at the Robert Gordon University this summer.
Tricia McLean, project co-ordinator with Moving Forward, said:
“Throughout her education, Natalie had been led to believe she would not gain any qualifications. We are absolutely delighted that, with a little help from ourselves, Natalie has proven these predictions quite wrong.
“It is so rewarding to see how giving people a purpose in life and an appreciation of their self-worth can make such a difference. It is great to help people like Natalie achieve their ambitions.”
Natalie Naylor commented:
“It has been absolutely amazing to have the support of the people at Grampian Opportunities. They helped me to believe in myself and helped me find the support I needed to concentrate on my studies.
“It has been unbelievable not only to graduate with a BA Honours, but now to be looking at going on to do my masters. Every now and then I have to pinch myself to make sure it really is true!
“I shall always be grateful for all the encouragement and support I have received from Grampian Opportunities, the Robert Gordon University and so many other people.
Through Grampian Opportunities, Natalie gained funding for her first year’s study at Robert Gordon University from Craigmyle Community, (a charity that focuses on providing support to improve the quality of life for disabled people).
Throughout her studies Grampian Opportunities provided access to information and support whilst studying, in particular mentoring support to encourage Natalie to plan and prepare for her final year at university.
This included supporting Natalie to live independently for the first time and arranging for her to attend a ceramics course in Devon last year.