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Meet Andrew

Andrew is a member of Capability Scotland's Hearts in Harmony choir which practices at Junction 52 every Monday. He also attends West Lane Gardens as well as volunteers at Junction 52.

Andrew joined the Hearts in Harmony choir back in December 2013, as a keen guitar player he was eager to get involved. Andrew said: "I heard good things about the choir so I wanted to join. Now we are up for an award, it's really exciting and I think well deserved. I play the guitar and sometimes play it at the choir. My favourite song is 500 miles!"

Last year, Andrew enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the stars when he attended the Scottish Music Awards with the choir and spoke to the audience of music industry professionals about the difference it had made to his life.

"I heard good things about the choir so I wanted to join. Now we are up for an award, it's really exciting and I think well deserved."

Andrew also told us about the other activities he is involved with: "I volunteer at Junction 52 two days a week; I help out at lots of different activities, like for sport I get things ready for people and I also help people prepare for the choir. At West Lane Gardens I am part of the cooking group which I enjoy."

Andrew is involved with Capability Scotland's Have Your Say group which meet regularly to discuss how Capability Scotland's services are run, providing feedback on a range of topics and things that are going on across the organisation. Andrew has recently applied to be part of the Customer Advisory Group which meet to take matters raised at Have Your Say meetings further, ensuring that the organisation reflects the needs and wishes of those who use the services.

Andrew's main hobby is gymnastics: "I really enjoy gymnastics, I have been doing it for 16 years and I am part of the City of Glasgow Disability Gymnastics Team. I would really like to teach others gymnastics one day and am hoping to take my exam next year to let me do this."


West Lane Gardens and Junction 52 are day services that provide a range of activities for disabled people in the wider Glasgow area, from the Hearts in Harmony choir to gardening activities to multimedia groups. If you would like more information about either of these services, please contact Meghan McEwan (West Lane Gardens) or Sean Donachie (Junction 52).


Andrew being filmed for the Mental Welfare Commission's video on the choir