Day 108- Andy, 21, Glasgow

Andy works Full Time providing administrative support for SQA for the last 4.5 years; moving from a modern apprentice to a permanent role. He does photography and painting in his free time.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
I’d say all young people achieving significantly in their communities, making a difference in their own ways.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is, although living in the busy city of Glasgow, there are plenty of beautiful places for walking and photography work, both of which are hobbies of mine, within a short train journey of the city.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to recognise further what the young people are doing in society to make a difference rather than just associating our group with hanging out at parks drinking etc.

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What is your biggest achievement to date?
Between 2012 and 2017 I volunteered as a fundraiser for Cancer Support Scotland following a recent diagnosis in the family. They provide a wide range of counselling and complementary therapy services to anyone affected by cancer over the age of 16. During my time there I supported the organisation with a number of events such as coffee mornings, race nights, guest speakers, psychic nights, annual Christmas raffle and also community bucket collections. This contributed to raising over £14000 for the charity, allowing the provision of over 500 complementary therapy sessions.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to continue to develop my art skills which I have been learning through attending classes at Project Ability, an organisation to support those with disabilities in creating artworks. I would also like to do a bit of travelling around the world.

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What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would tell other young people looking for work experience to not just look at paid opportunities but also to look to see if they can do it in a voluntary capacity as, although not paid, allows them to gain essential skills to help them with their future careers.

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