Meet the Volunteers - Anya Mooney

Anya Mooney is one of our amazing volunteers, and a fantastic addition to our Aspire team. Here she tells us more about her experience with Project Ability.

'I have found my time volunteering at Project Ability to be incredibly enjoyable above all else! As I am not originally from Glasgow it has been fantastic to be part of one of its communities out with the art school where I study.

For me it has been particularly interesting to hear the stories of a different generation, some who have grown up in difficult circumstances, when our society was less supportive of adults with learning difficulties. As a student I spend a lot of time around people my age and in a similar situation to myself. I’ve found it fascinating to talk to a more diverse group of people with different life experiences and hear their stories.

I see a huge range of artistic outcomes every week at Project Ability and it is refreshing to see the artists making work so intuitively. Week by week I have got to know each student better and their individual style and way of making has really come across. I have found many of the students are confident and unself-conscious with their work; this is great to watch and a helpful lesson for any artist! Seeing how immersed the students get in making, as well as the pride at finishing a piece has demonstrated to me how important a space like this is. It is evident that the level of care from all the permanent tutors and staff has been influential in creating such an honest, open and inclusive environment! It has been brilliant to be part of it!'

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