Meet the volunteer: Flora Alexander

I am a graduate from North Glasgow College with a First Class Honours in Visual Art. My Art practice is about ‘Home’, my journey began from where I grew up (Iran); it was there that I started to realise safety; security and comfort are essential to call somewhere home - these do not exist in my homeland, so I started to look for somewhere that they did.  This brought me to Istanbul, Turkey and then India, but Glasgow has become my home and all of those things I was looking for, I found here, the safety, security and comfort that were missing for most of my life.  My work reflects the journey I took to finally find ‘Home’. At the moment I'm working on pieces for an exhibition at People's Palace next year and this same work has also been short-listed for an exhibition in Manchester.

I found out about Project Ability when I was visiting Trongate 103 Exhibitions. I have always found it important to enable children to improve their skills for their future, and that's why I wished to work with Project ability to achieve my goal, which is helping others in need of help.  I also wanted to gain experience and volunteering at Project Ability has enabled me to do this.  Volunteering with Project Ability has shown me the impact the workshops have on the children, they show an improvement in social interaction with their peers in a new environment encountered out with their schools, and there is a happiness, peacefulness, satisfaction and calmness in the workshop setting.  This experience has also impacted my own life and practice. 

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