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Tara McKay

Tara Mckay is a spirited and self-assured young woman with an inspirational ‘can do’ attitude. Tara has long held ambitions to work with sick children during their spells in hospital.  

Tara has always been determined not to let her learning disability hold her back or cloud her ambitions. So much so, that she has become a highly regarded ambassador for ENABLE Scotland’s Inspire Me project.  

Inspire Me was launched in 2011 to give young people aged between 12 and 25 who have learning disabilities an opportunity to learn important life skills in areas such as confidence building, managing money and the world of work. The aim of the project is to encourage young people to aim high and achieve their goals. 

After hearing about the project while she was still at school, 22-year-old Tara has been involved with Inspire Me since it began and admits that she jumped at the chance to develop her skills.

“I have always wanted to work with young children and I was starting to think about how I would go about getting into that line of work when I left school. I couldn’t wait to get started and, when I heard about Inspire Me, I thought it would be good to get involved and get the help I needed to prepare for interviews and organise a CV.”

Naturally confident and outgoing, Tara quickly became an active member of Inspire Me, immersing herself in volunteering workshops and community impact projects with Gorgie City Farm and The Green Team in Edinburgh - where she soon discovered she was to gain more than she expected.  

“I learned a lot from working in a team. We had to put a presentation together to raise money for the conservation project because we needed jackets and wellies and I also gained a lot of new skills through being involved in that. But I most enjoyed the part which involved meeting new people - mainly because while I was working on the conservation projects I met a boy called Tony. We started going out - and now we’re engaged!” 

But with her focus remaining firmly on achieving her ambition to work with young children, Tara ensured that she made good use of the presentation skills workshops, job coaching and employment development workers provided by Inspire Me. She completed an NC in Childcare at Edinburgh’s Telford College and is now working full-time at a children’s nursery.   

“I love working with the little kids and my self-esteem is growing all the time because I can feel proud of myself. All the things I’ve learned through Inspire Me about courses and work have helped me get to this stage and I’m really happy.”

Motivated by the support she received from Inspire Me, Tara decided she would like to give something back and undertook a period of training which qualified her to become a young ambassador for the project. 

In her role, Tara promotes the importance of supporting young people with learning disabilities and has represented Inspire Me by speaking at a number of conferences and events including the launch of Scotland’s new learning disabilities strategy ‘Keys to Life’ and the Saltire Awards, which recognise the commitments of  young volunteers in Scotland.

“I spoke about my experiences of volunteering and how being involved with Inspire Me has changed my life and helped me to grow as a person. I find it easy to get up there and talk about it. I don’t get nervous. I just like to throw myself into it but I think that’s because I’m really passionate about people with learning disabilities getting the chance to get out there and do the things they want to do.”

Tara’s determined approach and the way in which she has fully embraced her Inspire Me experience has not gone unnoticed. Her dedication to volunteering was recognised when she received a Summit award at the Saltire event. 

The Summit is awarded for an outstanding contribution to volunteering and is given to those who have not only completed the highest level of the award scheme, but have also exceeded expectations. When she found out she was being given the award, Tara is not ashamed to say that for once, she was speechless.

“I had absolutely no idea that it was going to happen. I was nominated for the Summit by my ENABLE worker Carey and when they announced that I had won the award I just looked at my fiancé in shock. I was really emotional about that because I never look at any of the work I do with them as me doing anything special. I just believe in it and love doing it.”

Tara plans to stay involved with Inspire Me for as long she can by taking on more responsibility and helping Carey deliver some of the project’s workshops. And while she’s one step closer to achieving her dream of working with children and engaged to be married - she’s not afraid to admit that ‘the future looks bright’.  

Tara Mckay is a spirited and self-assured young woman with an inspirational ‘can do’ attitude. Tara has long held ambitions to work with sick children during their spells in hospital.  

Tara has always been determined not to let her learning disability hold her back or cloud her ambitions. So much so, that she has become a highly regarded ambassador for ENABLE Scotland’s Inspire Me project.  

Inspire Me was launched in 2011 to give young people aged between 12 and 25 who have learning disabilities an opportunity to learn important life skills in areas such as confidence building, managing money and the world of work. The aim of the project is to encourage young people to aim high and achieve their goals. 

After hearing about the project while she was still at school, 22-year-old Tara has been involved with Inspire Me since it began and admits that she jumped at the chance to develop her skills.

“I have always wanted to work with young children and I was starting to think about how I would go about getting into that line of work when I left school. I couldn’t wait to get started and, when I heard about Inspire Me, I thought it would be good to get involved and get the help I needed to prepare for interviews and organise a CV.”

Naturally confident and outgoing, Tara quickly became an active member of Inspire Me, immersing herself in volunteering workshops and community impact projects with Gorgie City Farm and The Green Team in Edinburgh - where she soon discovered she was to gain more than she expected.  

“I learned a lot from working in a team. We had to put a presentation together to raise money for the conservation project because we needed jackets and wellies and I also gained a lot of new skills through being involved in that. But I most enjoyed the part which involved meeting new people - mainly because while I was working on the conservation projects I met a boy called Tony. We started going out - and now we’re engaged!” 

But with her focus remaining firmly on achieving her ambition to work with young children, Tara ensured that she made good use of the presentation skills workshops, job coaching and employment development workers provided by Inspire Me. She completed an NC in Childcare at Edinburgh’s Telford College and is now working full-time at a children’s nursery.   

“I love working with the little kids and my self-esteem is growing all the time because I can feel proud of myself. All the things I’ve learned through Inspire Me about courses and work have helped me get to this stage and I’m really happy.”

Motivated by the support she received from Inspire Me, Tara decided she would like to give something back and undertook a period of training which qualified her to become a young ambassador for the project. 

In her role, Tara promotes the importance of supporting young people with learning disabilities and has represented Inspire Me by speaking at a number of conferences and events including the launch of Scotland’s new learning disabilities strategy ‘Keys to Life’ and the Saltire Awards, which recognise the commitments of  young volunteers in Scotland.

“I spoke about my experiences of volunteering and how being involved with Inspire Me has changed my life and helped me to grow as a person. I find it easy to get up there and talk about it. I don’t get nervous. I just like to throw myself into it but I think that’s because I’m really passionate about people with learning disabilities getting the chance to get out there and do the things they want to do.”

Tara’s determined approach and the way in which she has fully embraced her Inspire Me experience has not gone unnoticed. Her dedication to volunteering was recognised when she received a Summit award at the Saltire event. 

The Summit is awarded for an outstanding contribution to volunteering and is given to those who have not only completed the highest level of the award scheme, but have also exceeded expectations. When she found out she was being given the award, Tara is not ashamed to say that for once, she was speechless.

“I had absolutely no idea that it was going to happen. I was nominated for the Summit by my ENABLE worker Carey and when they announced that I had won the award I just looked at my fiancé in shock. I was really emotional about that because I never look at any of the work I do with them as me doing anything special. I just believe in it and love doing it.”

Tara plans to stay involved with Inspire Me for as long she can by taking on more responsibility and helping Carey deliver some of the project’s workshops. And while she’s one step closer to achieving her dream of working with children and engaged to be married - she’s not afraid to admit that ‘the future looks bright’.  


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