A friendship that endured the test of time
Now 22, Ashley and Jenny still spend valuable time together every single week, despite Ashley no longer being in the state’s care.
With difficulty in achieving the milestones of his peers, Jenny focused on all the other way’s Ashley could be successful and gain confidence in his self and his abilities.
It’s a strategy that has been instrumental in his growth as a “kind, caring and empathetic” young man, as Jenny so proudly describes him.
“He was very shy and withdrawn when we started and now, we are really a team,” she said.
“There have been challenges along the way, keeping him interested and thinking of new ways to ‘do and learn’ hasn’t always been easy but now as he is an adult there are many ways that I can support him.”
However it wasn’t always smooth sailing.