Day 297- Aidan, 15, Elgin

I am in 4th year at Elgin Academy. I am studying Drama, Geography, Maths, English, Business and Biology. I started volunteering with Elgin Youth Cafe in 2015 and from this I have connected with the voluntary work on local themed days for BID Elgin and also for the Childrens Cancer charity “Logans Fund”.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot that really inspires me is John Bell who has starred in The Hobbit, Tracy Beaker and Outlander. I am a member of the local Theatre group and it is great to see a young Scottish Actor doing so well on a Global scale.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is living in Elgin as it has the only Youth Cafe in Moray. The Youth Cafe opens up lots of opportunities to me with Volunteering, Training. appearing “The One Show” and meeting lots of interesting people including Princess Anne and Olympic Gold Medalists.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like people from older generations to know that young people care about the environment and would like the planet to be cleaner for future generations to enjoy. I would also like fitness to be easily accessible for all ages. The Youth Cafes annual colour run works towards this.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement was raising £1,200 for Logans Fund a childrens Cancer charity that I volunteer with. I organised two events a raffle earlier in the year and then main event a “Talent Showcase” by myself. I booked the hall, 14 acts, teas and coffees further raffles and compered the night. It was such a great success and my local newspaper came and did a story on me.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration is to pass my exams in 2019 so that I can carry on through my schooling to prepare me for the future. I enjoy business studies and hope to have a career in this field when I leave school.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I have dyslexia and this has never stopped me. I would like to show that determination and hard work can overcome any issues in life. I get great satisfaction volunteering and can see the benefits this has on the community.

If Aiden’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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