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Local Hero - Karen Robertson

5 June 2018

Customers and staff at Capability Scotland's Craigmillar Hub are delighted that Karen Robertson, a Community Living Assistant at the service, has been nominated for an Edinburgh Evening News Local Hero Award.

The Local Hero Awards seek to recognise and reward local residents who have "worked tirelessly in the background to help others".  Karen is delighted and honoured to have been nominated by two other well-known charities, Marie Curie and Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), both of whom she has been involved with since her twins were born 23 years ago. Karen has a long history of involvement with all three charities and her son, Dean is also supported by Capability Scotland.

Karen explained that her own commitment to 'give something back' began in response to the wonderful support she and Dean received and this prompted her to undertake a university degree in complementary therapy. This resulted in Karen helping people at Rachel House (CHAS) in Kinross and Capability Scotland.  Karen then secured a post as a Community Living Assistant with Capability Scotland, which Karen describes as a 'tremendous opportunity' and one that has brought her back full circle as it was Capability Scotland that first offered their support in the early years of coming to terms with Dean's condition.

Maggie Shaughnessy, Service Manager at the Craigmillar Hub explained: 'Karen brings an energy and motivation to all those around her and the personal focus she gives to every individual she supports is fantastic. Nothing is impossible to Karen and we are delighted and lucky to have her on our staff team.  We are all delighted that she has been recognised for her commitment to others and wish her all the very best of luck at the Local Hero Awards night'.