Valerie Hedges is a writer, social and political campaigner and poet.

She has been frequently published in her local newspaper and made the pages of the national press. She writes on issues affecting older people and those with disabilities, having to look for a job as a result of the recession and loss of a job or having lost disability benefits due to welfare reform and looking for work that physically they can do, particularly self-employment. She also writes on issues dear to her heart, including health issues, and writes poetry.