“Hopefully I can continue to inspire others to engage with the Diana Award”- Erin
Erin believes in putting young people first and in helping them get involved in positive activities rather than drugs, crime and vandalism.
She works as a volunteer at Depot Arts in Glasgow. In the words of one of her own mentors, she “gave up part of her own childhood to be there for the young people in her community”, running a Thursday night dance and arts group, organising outings and sourcing funding to keep youth activities running in the area. Every week she takes a group of young people to an arts venue on the other side of Glasgow, frequently bringing them dinner as she knows they won’t be fed until after 8pm.
Erin has been on the Cowlairs Development Trust Committee for 18 months, encouraging young people to participate in the new Community Centre building they are working towards. She has a ‘can do’ approach and a quiet sense of confidence which make here a natural leader, even in the face of opposition. She takes it upon herself to be there for others, no matter what time of day or night.
Erin has the ability to lift spirits purely by her smile and her laugh. She is modest, compassionate and optimistic and inspires people of all ages. Receiving the Diana Award was an amazing – and unexpected recognition – of her work. It has given her recognition and encouragement to continue making a difference to other people’s lives.