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60 Stories - Jayne Burnett

photo of Jayne BurnettTwenty-two-year old Jayne Burnett from Arbroath became involved with ENABLE Scotland while she was still at high school. Over the last few years, she has participated in her local youth group, where she made new friends and became more actively involved in her community. 
ENABLE has also supported Jayne in her transition to college and helped her to obtain valuable work experience at the charity’s social enterprise Darling’s Coffee Shop before she gained secure, paid employment at her local McDonald’s restaurant.  
Throughout her time with ENABLE, Jayne has become known for her ability to speak up for what she believes, and also for her willingness to help others. Louise Jones, Jayne’s Transitions Co-ordinator, explains why both her ENABLE family, and Darling’s co-workers, nominateD her as a baton bearer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games; 
“Jayne has always been outspoken about the issues that young people with learning disabilities can have. She is also always willing to help out with ENABLE Scotland and Darling’s events and has done much to promote the work we do.”  
Louise submitted an application to the Commonwealth Baton Bearer website and on 28th June, Jayne was granted the honour of carrying the Queen’s baton on the final leg of its journey through Arbroath. Despite having been initially nervous when she first discovered she had been selected as a baton bearer, Jayne explains that she thoroughly enjoyed the day.
“It was very exciting. I was the last person to carry the baton so I had to wait until the other baton bearer passed me. We got our photo taken during the hand over.
“Then, I ran up to Arbroath Abbey with it and I was pictured again with my family and all my friends from ENABLE Scotland. I then gave the baton to a policeman who took it to the next baton bearer up at the Condor.”
With the baton’s Arbroath journey complete, Jayne, her family and friends, finished the day with a nice lunch. She is happy to have had such a wonderful experience and will always remember her time as a Commonwealth Baton Bearer. 
“My favourite part of the day was when I was standing on the rock at the Abbey. I was holding up the baton and I could see everyone who had come along to support me.” 

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