As well as making my art, I am extremely passionate about the value of art in education and how we can involve the public and communities with art in an accessible way. I have gained a lot of experience working in schools and within the community, particularly for children with additional support needs. It is very inspiring to work and support these groups learning and growing through creativity.
I am a support worker for Lothian Autistic Society and after seeing the creative ambition of the young people at BaseCamp, I initiated a new mural project which captures the Edinburgh Skyline- chosen by one of the young people. I designed and made a 4 metre stencil and taught them how to use spray paint to create the design. I am really delighted with the result which was a first mural for us all and I would jump at the chance to try something like this again. I am really proud of the young people for continuing to challenge themselves by learning a new skill and getting creative which is proven to benefit our mental health and well being.
I am always so inspired by working with young people with learning disabilities and supporting them reaching their potential, particularly through creativity. So I decided to enrol on a 5 month CACHE Level 2 Certificate course with the North East Scotland College which will enhance my skills and knowledge about working with people with learning disabilities. I hope to use this to develop workshops and new opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be able to discover their potential and have more access to creativity in society.
I am also delighted to share that I will be starting as an Arts volunteer for Edinburgh's Children Hospital Charity at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. I am super excited to be part of the amazing ECHC team and contribute to creating a fun, inspiring and engaging environment for the children.