Has anyone ever said ‘that job is just perfect for you’?

That’s what I wanted to say when I met Susan.  As soon as she told me she trained as a hairdresser, I could really imagine her working away chatting to her customers and really taking the time to make sure their new hair cut was just what they wanted.

Susan trained as a hairdresser when she left school at 16.  She is now 47 and still enjoys hairdressing.

Trained by one of the more prestigious hairdressers in the country, Susan gained qualification after qualification and was recognised for her hairdressing skills by her area manager and even the president of the company. She eventually worked her way to be the manager of a large Glasgow salon.  When I met with Susan she shared with me the company newsletters, some dated back to 1994 with photographs of her beside the president.

A lot has happened in Susan’s life since the glitzy photographs of her in the company newsletters.  Susan entered into a 10 year relationship which resulted in violence, her becoming homeless and depending on alcohol. She lost her career, and most of all her confidence and self esteem.

Sinking to an all time low Susan was referred to Turning Point Scotland’s housing support service.  Having access to a key worker Susan has started to rebuild her life.  She has bravely managed to move on from her violent relationship, but still finds it a struggle. She is working to reduce her alcohol intake and is making good progress. It’s the boredom and loneliness that Susan finds hard.

She says:

“If I keep myself busy I can stay off the drink.  I’ve started going to the library and to a computer group at the local community centre to keep me active.”

Susan applied to Turning Point Scotland’s Make it Happen Fund. It helps individuals to realise a dream – to give them the financial help they need to make their dream come true.

Susan says:

“I would love to get back into hairdressing. I’ve got a lot of experience and skills which I would like to put to good use.

“The drink and bad relationship has knocked my confidence, but I hope that with the support from Turning Point Scotland I will be able to get back on track soon.

“I’ve never forgotten the buzz I used to get from cutting and styling someone’s hair.  It would be great to feel that again.

The Make It Happen Fund provided Susan with a small grant to purchase hairdressing equipment. In the near future, Susan hopes to provide a voluntary hairdressing service to people who have been through some of the issues she has faced.

With Susan’s zest for life and her bubbly personality I am sure that she will get there.

Turning Point Scotland is looking for participants with a sense of adventure and a head for heights to help raise money to enrich the lives of adults with complex needs.

Do you have what it takes to abseil down the Titan Crane in Clydebank?

All proceeds will go to Turning Point Scotland’s Make It Happen Fund, which provides funding for people to help them achieve their hopes and aspirations, big and small.

To raise money for the Make it Happen Fund you can abseil on 15th September, Titan Crane Abseil, Clydebank

To find out more information including details how to book:

contact 0141 427 9425



£20 to register

£100 minimum sponsorship

Must be 14+