High on the list of priorities for community rail is youth engagement. Community rail is creating opportunities for young people to have a voice, think about new career paths and as we’ll see below, creating positive futures.
Roseanna Campbell is 21 years old. She was in care throughout her teens, before she became homeless at the age of 16 years old. Roseanna was referred to 6VT Edinburgh City Youth Cafe to join their Independent Living Skills course which was to build skills and understanding for running a tenancy. Roseanna’s confidence was at a low point when she first arrived at 6VT, however over time she built friendships and positive relationships with staff. 6VT supported Roseanna to build a youth board, where she volunteered her time to drive the board forward. She has been a youth board member for four years, was elected as President and has recently been selected as 6VT’s Youth Ambassador, which has enabled her to attend many events including press launches, deputations, and Scotrail and Community Rail Awards. She has also been selected to be on documentaries including a BBC Children in Need documentary about her life experiences.
Roseanna has volunteered at 6VT’s holiday clubs for the past four years, giving up weeks of her own time each school holiday. Here she supports young people to get involved in activities and be a general support to staff. She has also volunteered at the Independent Living Skills course, where she has offered support to other young people through the knowledge and skills she’s built up since running her own tenancy. So many young people look up to Roseanna as a positive role model as she is a hugely strong and resilient young person. She has been absolutely fantastic and her commitment to supporting others should be celebrated. As well as this Roseanna volunteers at the weekly Drop In universal provision and is a volunteer member of 6VT Community Rail Partnership – the only youth CRP in the UK. Roseanna is also passionate about creating a child friendly city with care experienced young people as her particular focus. She works closely with council members and was selected to be on the care champion’s board. She volunteers on this board to be a voice for care experienced young people, so their lives can be improved.
She has now achieved her Summit Saltire Award, amassing an amazing 1000 hours of volunteering, over 950 of those hours achieved volunteering at 6VT. She has now been shortlisted in the Young Scot 2020 Awards in the category “young volunteer of the year.”