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Youth Scotland | Girls’ Brigade Scotland | Emma’s Story

Emma is 20 years old and went along to Girls’ Brigade at the age of five, partly because her mum had been a member and because her friends were going. She worked her way through the company gaining her Queen’s Award and is on track for Duke of Edinburgh Gold. A bright, confident, funny and articulate young woman is the Emma the world sees but her journey has not always been easy with some challenging issues along the way. Emma is quick to say that it was her Girls’ Brigade Scotland (GBS) leaders who helped her and has made her even more determined to be there for others.

I gained a lot of confidence through the GBS – I didn’t really fit in at school, but in the GBS you always had a place – you belonged. I learned in the GBS that it’s okay to ask for help, in fact I think it’s a strength to recognise when you need help, and in the GBS there is a lot of support available.

Emma attended the first YPTTL event,