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Posted by jamie on the 05 January 2014

2014 is here. 

Favourite song of 2013..... 

But first let me ponder over 2013. Last year was the first year I have not been in education since the very beginning of my academic career in Mrs Campbell's Primary 1 class at Alexandra Parade Primary School. 2013 was the first time in 22 years (Jeez oh... thatís a heck of a long time) I didnít have an essay or research to do. What a strange feeling, prompting the question what does one do with an evening and the sheer delight at prospect of no more all nighters finishing that essay.

The year started by travelling around Poland with my good friend Miss Gina Wagner. Warsaw, Krakov and Wrocław truly zdumiewający (amazing)! Trying the many beers of the Czech Republic in Prague with Stuart, Alan and Stuart was a highlight of the year, I saw Prague like never before and ate the most amazing dinner ever! 

Started a new Youth Worker position with the Inverclyde Community Development Trust, developed youth volunteering and the recognition of young people across Inverclyde. As well as meeting amazing committed colleagues who are now very close friends.

Trips to Belfast to visit the latest attraction; Titanic Belfast and the Christmas Markets with Helen. Random drives and laughter with my old chum Shona.

With the free time from not studying, 2013 became the year I focused on friends, family and myself. It has been a journey of visits, trips, dinners, drinks (perhaps too many) and rekindling the joy of life. Revaluating what is important in life and the journey I want my life to be has been the focus of 2013. My parents Josephine and John have been a huge support especially with the many decisions my life always seem to involve! 

2014 is going to be the year of optimism, new challenges and amazing opportunities. It has started by beginning a new job and new flat.  I start 2014 with managing a new community project and to say 'excited' would be an understatement! 

I hope 2014 will bring me closer to my friends and family, try new experiences, travel, coffee and most importantly enjoying life!  

"Should old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind?...." Auld Lang Syne, Robert Burns, 1788

About Jamie

2014- Project Coordinator at a new community project in Wishaw

2013 - Youth Development Worker at Trust Volunteering Inverclyde, a project of Inverclyde Community Development Trust - aiming to improve the volunteering experience for organisations and individuals by breaking down barriers, increasing the number and broadening the range of individuals and organisations involved in volunteering, encouraging young people to volunteer, promoting the recognition of volunteering at local and national policy level.

2012- Graduate with Postgraduate Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies, Became a Muscovite sipped vodka whilst visiting the galleries of the Hermitage, St Petersburg (not really but I did do them at separate times). 

2011- University of St Andrews, Postgraduate Masters in Museum and Galleries Studies. Graduated BA Humanities & Social Sciences (Community Education), University of Strathclyde. University of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte) course in Creative ESOL teaching

2010 - Volunteer Project Assistant at Glasgow Museums for ESOL Cultural Diversity Project University Placement. Winner of Museum Volunteer of the Year 2010 - Scotland Region, Marsh Christian Trust. Awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland's Young Scot of the Year Award 2010 for outstanding contribution to Scottish Society. Detached Youth Worker at Queens Cross Housing Association

2009 - Graduated from the University of Vienna (Universitšt Wien) with a Diploma in European Studies with Highest Distinction. Youth Assistant at UNICEF UK for University Placement

2008 - I gained my TEFL Certificate allowing me to teach English to non native speakers. Volunteered as an English Teacher at Şcoala Avram Iancu High School in Arad, Romania. Travelled around Europe with the heaviest bag ever!

2006 - Awarded UNICEF UK's 60th Anniversary Award for Youth Empowerment activism 

2005 - Delegate to the C8 Summit, Young People's alternative summit to the Glen Eagles G8 Summit. UNICEF UK Representative

2003-2005 Board Director at Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance

I believe in secularism, parliamentary democracy and believe strongly in the values of the United Nations and European Union.