Day 99- Gillian, 21, Hamilton

Gillian is currently on a Princes Trust training programme called Fairbridge, which helps young people develop personal and social skills. She did an access course with some team building like rock climbing, archery, problem solving and sports. She really enjoys working with others and looks forward to be doing other Princes Trust courses.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot that inspires me is my friend Louise Falconer because she is always there for me and helps me out when i need her. She also listens to everything I have to say. She is the one I can turn to if I need to ask questions and she will try her best to give me answers if I can’t speak to anyone else.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is that you get your healthcare free. I also love the Scottish diet…you can have a nice Scottish drink Irn Bru and Highland toffee bars which are both great when you need a wee sugar boost. I also love our snowy winter weather.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like for older generation to understand that every young person is different and have a different set of circumstances. Young people are under a lot of different pressures such as technology evolving and keeping up with online peer pressure and having children young. I think this is important because they can empathize with young people and so there is a stronger relationship with in our society.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement was having my wee baby boy making new friends and doing new activities. it was a big achievement because i didn’t think i would be able to do it on my own but I exceeded my own expectations.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future i would like to have the confidence to get a job where I am working with others in a team. This would mean a lot to me because at the moment I struggle to cope in a job with others and to overcome this barrier would be huge and I would be very proud of myself.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If there was any advice I could give to young People in Scotland it would be don’t give up and keep on trying no matter what it is. Also it is important to speak to others instead of bottling things up.

If Gillian’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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