Ashley Scotland is just weeks away from receiving charitable status for her business, Thriving Survivors.
The Investing Women team caught up with Ashley after she attended one of our Day with the Angels events earlier this year and we were so inspired by her amazing and courageous story.
Ashley is a domestic abuse and rape survivor who suffered with agoraphobia for 8 years as a result of her torment. She explained that, “My husband and son were walking out of the door and I made the decision to change my life”. Her sons who are 3 and 9 needed her to change her mind-set in order to move forward as a family. This is the point that Ashley decided to study psychology through the Open University and it was through this course that she created Thriving Survivors.
A while later she applied to E-spark and used their incubator as a vehicle to conquer herself and her agoraphobia. This was only in February this year and very recent, but she and the business have gone from strength to strength ever since!
Thriving Survivors was set up to address the police and other services in Scotland about the deficit in the support available for survivors of domestic abuse. It is an employability programme incorporating mindfulness, dress for success and psychological testing.
The first Thriving Survivors group was run in Easter house in Glasgow with 5 women and some of those ladies have since returned and come on board either with the business or to volunteer. The courses are self-filling in the sense that those who graduate from them go on to run session and courses for the next groups. The courses are free for participants and you can find out more about them by clicking here.
While all these positive outcomes are being achieved Ashley shows a deep appreciation for the late detective inspector Fiona Brown who Ashley attributes as the driving force behind Thriving Survivors, “her kindness and her words will never be forgotten”.
Ashley’s contact details are: 07493 190110 or email@example.com.