Laura Coleman

I'm 30 years old and from sunny Glasgow. I live with my partner, daughter and our two Guinea Pigs. I have recently taken a new career path in the dental industry and work in a lab as a Dental Technician, so it's back to school for me next summer! In my spare time I like to meet with friends and go out for dinner.

When I was asked I felt honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of the first ever Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland so this is something I will be very proud of. I wanted to be a part of Scotland’s history and be able to make a difference for the people of Scotland. I was excited to have had my voice heard along with the other assembly members.

It was such a great experience meeting such a diverse group of people and being able to come together and agree on a final output. I really enjoyed visiting the Edinburgh Castle on our first weekend where we heard some speakers and also a Scottish poem, which was lovely! The weekends where we gathered in the Golden Jubilee Hotel in Clydebank we had a hard working day with all our presentations and discussions, which was pretty tough some days as there was a lot to concentrate on. Although it was lovely in the evening to be able to wind down and get to socialise with all the members over dinner before heading to bed for the next day ahead of us.

This full journey was such a learning curve for me. I felt like I knew enough about politics to be a part of the experience although some of the speakers we heard were very educational and factual. I learned about the different aspects of taxes and also about devolved powers.

I mostly want things to change in the employment law for young people's future, such as my daughters generation. I would like everyone to have equal opportunities in life no matter their backgrounds and also be able to live comfortably with the national living wage, and no zero hour contacts. I hope we can keep free education and have more opportunities for career paths when children leave school. I also would like there to be more support for young people when needed, such as mental health services, lifestyle and fitness classes etc. Why? Because I want the best future for my daughter and people up and coming, and not be faced with the challenges young adults are facing nowadays with struggling to gain permanent positions in what they would like to pursue as a career.

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