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I am a founding member of the Sketchy Youths, I am 20 and live in Barrhead, Glasgow and have a passion for horses. I works several days a week at Milndavie Farm Riding Centre and despite being thrown off the horses regularly and suffering many injuries, head out to the beach in my spare time with my boss for a ride myself. Working with the horses is therapeutic and relieves stress for me.

In 2017 I attended Impact Arts’ programme Creative Pathways in Barrhead during which time the group painted a large scale mural on the outer wall of the ARC Community Centre. Inspired by the natural world, the mural includes exotic plants and animals and incorporates artificial grass and aims to promote the importance of sustainability with the local community.

During the programme the group also visited Craft Café (an over 55’s art project run by Impact Arts) in Barrhead to talk to them about the history of the area and the changes they had seen over the years. This was the starting point to a ‘Then and Now’ photography project where we went back to shoot at locations we found in old photographs of the area.

I am currently studying Computing at Anniesland College and my goal is to be an ethical hacker, known across the globe. Despite being shy by nature, I would love to live and work abroad to experience life away from Glasgow. Joining Creative Pathways was a life changing moment for me as it was the first time I’d had my own money and felt part of something I’m passionate about.

My main reason for joining the Sketchy Youths is that I want to help people – specifically other young adults – to invite them to engage with Impact Arts programmes as my experience has been so positive. The group will work towards a Community Achievement Award (affiliated to Glasgow Kelvin College) and I am keen to add this to my already growing list of qualifications.

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