Age 17, East Dunbartonshire
I’m a student at Bishopbriggs Academy in East Dunbartonshire, and through my school I’ve done lots of social action. I especially like encouraging others to volunteer, so I trained with East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action to become one of 10 Community Ambassadors establishing a social action project at the school. I use my study periods to organise the project, recruiting volunteers for initiatives like the peer tutor homework project, and running intergenerational events such as quizzes.
I’m also a big part of my local Anchor Boys section, the part of the Boys’ Brigade that’s for children aged five to eight, where I’ve been volunteering for a few years now as a coach. I was awarded the Queen’s Badge last year for my work – I’m really proud of it as it’s the highest award you can get in the Boys’ Brigade.
Social action has had a huge impact on me as a person, as well as those that I’m helping. Through school and the Boys’ Brigade, I’ve become so much more confident, especially at public speaking, and I’ve gained the respect of my teachers. I’ve also seen first-hand how much difference I can make to another young person’s life.