Day 251- Aindrea, 19, Edinburgh

I volunteer as a youth leader at Girls bridgade Scotland, I am a mental health ambassador for SAMH and work with I am girl to raise awareness on period poverty. I currently study international business management at Heriot-Watt Univeristy with a dream to start my own business where I work with young people with additional support needs, mental heath issues to give them a time where they can be young people where there is no judgement just fun. Safe place where they can voice their fears and troubles as well as just have some fun. At the minute I am a part time school helper where I assist breakfast clubs and getting children to school as well as after school playing and socialising till parents can pick up their kids. During the day when I’m not studying I am lucky enough to voluenteer 1-1 with a couple of primary/secondary students that have additional needs where I assist them in school work, life skills and general know how. This is defiantly the most rewarding part of my day watching them progress week by week.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot that inspires me is Elise Inglis. She inspires me because she started a hospital up for people who were less fortunate than herself. This makes me determined to achieve my ambition as during her time woman in power seemed strange so it gives me a lot of hope. Not to mention her work on empowering woman and society to becomes more equal.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Growing up in Scotland if you exclude the weather is quite possibly the best. In Scotland everyone is friendly and it’s always a great laugh. Being educated in Scotland is so much different schools are fun and encouraging and there is a real sense of pride with work. Without the health care I wouldn’t be where I am today and I couldn’t imagine anywhere else to live. I love Scotland.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to know that we’re not all going to hurt you, we’re not all bad. As I feel sometimes we can be seen in a bad light and older generations don’t see some of the fantastic work that we do supporting younger generations and older generations and see some of the extraordinary things some of us do.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
To date my biggest achievement would be overcoming my own troubles by helping others. When things went down hill for me I started helping other people a lot more this really helped me to put my own issues into perspective and learning from them just gave me this sense to help everyone.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would love to create my own business. A business targeted at young people with additional support needs as well as mental illnesses and social problems the aim for me would be no child would ever be left out in having fun having a safe place having a group of people they can relate to something which I wish was more readily available in Scotland.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would like to tell young people. Let nothing and no one hold you back, do the things that interest you but work hard on the ones that don’t. Find a passion and go with it, no matter what it is. At some point life will get tough but you’ve got to stick it through it will make you a better person and I promise you it will get better.


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