A Scots nightclub doorman who was adopted from Borneo has decided to dedicate his life to helping vulnerable young people after he discovered his passion during lockdown.
The Glasgow security guard said his family were certain childcare was what he was “born to do” but he always had doubts himself.
With continuous lockdown extensions and the realisation he might not get back into work, Hamish took their advice and looked into a career working with young people.
Now almost a year on from the first lockdown, Hamish is working full-time in a traineeship role at a children’s charity and inspiring Scots kids by proving to them that your background doesn’t define you.
He said: “I have always had a natural flare with kids. My whole family seemed to know before I did that this was my calling.
“My cousin has worked at Kibble and for years so I was aware of the work of the charity, and my mum and dad who have spent their lives teaching English to children abroad, maintained that this is what I was born to do.
“It’s funny how things play out. Within my first day at Kibble I connected to a young person through music and things began to fall into place – despite having no prior qualifications in youth care, it’s as if all of the experiences I have had throughout my life were preparing me for this job.
“I was adopted when I was three-months old from Borneo and this has really intrigued many of the young people.
“A lot of them think that because they have had a different upbringing to the one you tend to hear about, it’s a hindrance, but I prove to them that your background does not define you.”
Kibble supports at risk children and young people aged 5 to 26 across the UK and many of those they work with have experienced significant trauma in their lives.
Hamish is current working towards becoming a Child and Youth Care Worker with the charity.
As well as being a nightclub bouncer, the 29-year-old played guitar in a band so if anything, he thought he might get into therapy but is happy the pandemic forced him to change career.
“Anything is achievable if you have the kind of love and support which not only, I receive from my parents, but is in abundance for these young people from the staff here at Kibble,” Hamish added.
“The love my family and I have is no different just because we are not related by blood, it’s the way that we care for each other that matters, and it’s the same for those at Kibble.”
Source – Daily Record