I am in 6th Year at Bannerman High School studying Higher RE, Higher Business Management and national 5 Maths. Outside of school I am very active within my community. I volunteer for Active East, Girls Judo Rocks and Brighter Balliestone and work for PEEK.
Through Active East I volunteer at many events in my local area and on a larger national and international scale. This has involved creating an event with other volunteers for young people in the East End of Glasgow which over 150 people attended. We planned and implemented the whole event from applying for funding, contacting partners to run activities and designed how the event would look. I have also been able to apply to be a part of the European Championships special events team where I greeted and directed VIP guests to different European Championship sites and events. Finally, in January I helped plan and host the Scottish Sports Futures Year of Young People Awards Night. I hosted this event for 400 people and presented awards to the winners.
My volunteer placement is with the Girls Judo Rocks programme in Barrowfield. I lead on the youth work topics such as first aid, health and wellbeing, bullying, online safety, body image and team building games. This gives 15 young girls the chance to try Judo while also learning about these important topics and stay active.
Brighter Ballieston is a charity i set up along side a group of local adults. This aims to create better opportunities for everyone in the Ballieston area. We aim to build a community centre as well as a community garden and allotments for local people to become more involved with their community. I am currently in the process of running consultations with local young people to find out what they want in their area. I also volunteered with PEEK for 2 years and am now a paid sessional member of staff. I completed a summer internship working 25 hours a week where i helped plan National Play Day and also took the lead on my own like a lassy sessions for young girls.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I am inspired by Rohanna who is the Active East Manager. Rohanna is so good at what shew does. She is so enthusiastic, fun, calm and hard working. Rohanna is able to make time for all of the young people at Active East and makes them feel so welcome. When I watch Rohanna when im volunteering i try to copy her in my role.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I love all the opportunities i have been given to get involved with volunteer and having the ability to have a say in what goes on in my area. I love that there has been a year dedicated to young people within Scotland and we are the first nation to do this. It highlights that my views are important and people want to hear them.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think older people should know that the stereotypes about young people don’t apply to every young person. Young people do so much in there own ways to help people wether it’s helping friends or communities. We all try super hard to prove the stereotypes wrong.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is when I set up my own street play site in my own community! I always wanted to see kids out playing together and acting like a community so I worked hard alongside PEEK to make this happen. The club was very successful and is still running just now having around 15/20 people out having fun together in any weather
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I hope to have more activities running in my community for the young people. I also want to progress in my volunteer journey and hopefully go to university to learn more about what I love to do!
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would say if you come across the opportunity to volunteer then grab it with both hands! Volunteering has completely changed my life and I would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing organisations i am involved in. Any opportunity you are given is another chance to learn something new or be inspired so go for it always!
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