Mhairi McCann

Mhairi is a 2018 #iwill ambassador, read her social action journey:

"Initially, it was my love for animals that motivated me to start social action when I was ten, by fundraising for the Scottish SPCA through activities including climbing Ben Nevis. I was also part of my primary school’s Eco Committee, before joining the Fairtrade Steering Group at high school. At the time, I didn’t realise these activities were social action - I just got involved because these were issues I cared about and I wanted to do my bit to make a difference.

It was hard finding opportunities in my community. I became involved with the Rights Respecting School Group at school and later took on a leadership role with this group. Having left school, I remain involved to help other young people participate in social action and be human rights defenders.

Looking to the future, so long as I’m making a wee bit of positive change I think I will be happy with what I am doing. On my gap-year now, I volunteer with several local and national organisations and projects. As part ReRoute: Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel I helped engage young people with nature. I am trying to create opportunities for young people in my area and tackle stigma among older generations as an ambassador for Inverclyde for Scotland’s Year of Young People. I am also a board member on the Renfrewshire Local Area Team.
As one of Scotland’s 100 Disrupters, I will be using funding from the Hunter Foundation to bring young people opportunities in science, technology, mathematics and engineering through the InverSTEM project.

As a Young Adviser for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland I helped gather young people’s views to influence his strategic plan.

I absolutely love volunteering - it’s something I get a lot out of, but the best thing about it is being able to help others."

Organisations that Mhairi has been involved with, include:

  • Year of Young People 2018
  • Young Scot
  • Young Scientists Journal
  • Children in Scotland
  • Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland
  • British Science Association CREST Youth Panel
  • St Columba’s High School (Gourock)
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Young Enterprise Scotland
  • Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
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