Ashley Scott, a proud Inner West Dad of two and founding member of Rainbow Families NSW, is a finalist in this year's Westfield Local Hero Award.

In 2015, Ashley helped establish Rainbow Families NSW, the peak organisation in NSW representing LGBTQ+ parents and carers, who seek to foster resiliency by connecting, supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ families.

Ashley reports that his proudest achievement at Rainbow Families is the establishment of Australia's fist LGBTQ+ focused antenatal classes, partnered with Sydney Local Health District. These classes provide a safe space for expecting LGBTQI parents to ask questions they might not be comfortable asking in a traditional class.

Ashley also organises the annual Family Pride Picnic, Mardi Gras Parade entry, Halloween Disco, and the organisation's many advocacy and support programs.

In addition to his work with Rainbow Families, Ashley is also heavily involved in the P&C at Marrickville Public School, and has been instrumental in delivering exciting projects like the Community Kitchen, garden and yarning circle.

Congratulations Ashley on his nomination as a Westfield Local Hero and thank you for your ongoing support of LGBTQ+ families in the inner west and across NSW.