Arianna is at school but dedicates a huge amount of time to volunteering and fundraising in her local community. She has been recognised for her efforts after being selected as a YS Awards finalist.
Which young Scot inspires you?
My friend has a heart condition and volunteers with me. She does so much and helps everyone and never lets her heart condition stop her. She is such an inspiration and she has helped me with confidence and she is such an inspiration to other children that suffer from heart conditions.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I love growing up in Scotland. We have so many great things here from free education and great opportunities for children, especially with the help of Young Scot. I love living in the countryside as we have a beach right around the corner to lots of forests and places for picnics and camping.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like them to know we don’t just sit on our phones or xbox’s etc. We do so much, for example volunteering clubs and sports.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is receiving my 3 star in the army cadet force. It means a lot to me as I love the army cadets and want to progress and do well.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I’d love to achieve 500 hours or more volunteering. I’d like to achieve this as I love to help others and know I’m making a difference. At the end of the day you feel like you have done a little bit to make a difference to your city, town or village, and I think that makes you smile.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If you can get involved with your community, volunteer, even if it’s helping your neighbour cut their grass, as it’s a good thing to do at the end of the day. You have made someone’s day a little bit better and knowing that is an achievement in itself.
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