Prior to being supported by C-Change I was not leading the life I wanted. I was supported by another organisation (I will not name) and I was not happy. Different support workers would come in each day and none I got to know shared my interest in politics.

I used to sit and watch television with my support worker. I got very bored with them and ended up asking them to leave. My support was not working for me. My support was based on housework – It was not fun.

Since receiving the right support my life has very much changed for the better. I feel so much happier now. I have been matched up with the right support sharing my interests in politics and human rights.

I am very interested in politics and with encouragement I contacted the Conservative Party. I got involved doing office work and putting leaflets out. I contacted a local Councilor David Meikle to get more involved. I went to the count for the first time at the European elections, then the general election and the Scottish Referendum where I stayed up until the early hours – it was very exciting.

I get support when I choose to. I live in my own home and I am very independent. I have my own support budget and I use it to do the things I want to do in my life. People with disabilities should have a life they choose.

I am a Director of dates-n-mates, a dating and friendship agency run by and by for people with learning disabilities. l am an event Director and part of my job is to help organise and attend events. I also meet with members to discuss what they like and want from dates-n-mates (dates-n-mates.co.uk/glasgow)

I am involved in research around choice for people with disabilities – i.e not having to go to bed early due to the support they receive. We are going to start campaign for people with disabilities to have a right to a social life.

I now do public speaking on human rights and political topics. I have attended three Conservative Party conferences and have even met former Prime Minister David Cameron (at the time he was PM).

I am my own person with my own interests and I am leading the life I have chosen to.

By Holly Millar (December 2018)

Holly with dates-n-mates colleague John Paul receiving ‘Long Service Award’ certificate in recognition of 10 years as Director with dates-n-mates (Pic from 2018)
Holly delivering speech at event in 2016