This month one of our Youth Promoters, Kira, tell us why she got involved in the project and what she hopes to get out of GET IN.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I have lived on the Knoydart peninsula for my entire life, but spend weekdays living in Mallaig, as a sixth year pupil at the High School there. I have always enjoyed and been involved in community, particularly live music. I am especially enthusiastic about Scottish music, and have been involved in organising musical events on Knoydart for several years now.

How, and why, did you get involved in GET IN?

The GET IN project was suggested to me as a way of progressing beyond my prior experience with organising events and volunteering. It looked like a great opportunity and I was keen to get involved to find out more. I hoped that it would help me to gain the skills needed to become more confident in helping and organising events in Inverie Village Hall, as well as providing a useful link with other young people in rural areas and finding out how they do things.

What’s been happening so far?

So far I have attended the opening residential on the Isle of Coll, alongside events in both Glasgow and Edinburgh . These have all helped me to meet and get to know many other young promoters as well as providing valuable and useful training on a wide range of topics.  This has already proved useful and has helped me get more involved in events organising. I have also had an initial meeting with my mentor though I hope to gain further support and find out more about what is happening in other places; aside from that, the first meeting was great fun! I have also had the opportunity to go to a number of ‘Go and See’ events which have been very interesting and allowed me to participate in things I might not normally have done.

What are you looking forward to? And what do you think is going to be challenging about the project?

I am really looking forward to seeing the tour come together as I think it will be exciting to see what we can manage to bring to our communities. So far there has been a number of really great and ambitious ideas and I am keen to see the final result as well as getting involved in all the logistics, planning and advertising. It’s going to be hard to plan the tour due to the number of different locations but rewarding when it comes together, and I’m sure it’ll be a great success!

Thanks Kira – it’s great to hear what inspired you to take part in GET IN, and what you’ve got out of the project so far. Good luck with the tour plans!

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