I first got involved with Toonspeak in 2015 on a SHINE LGBT programme. I was 16, homeless, living in a unit and generally terrified of everyone and everything. My confidence was low and my anxiety was awful. But I knew two things: I wanted to perform, and I wanted to make some sort of change in the world.

Skip forward to 2018 and I was lucky enough to be studying HNC Working With Communities +at Glasgow Clyde College, a course all about social action, communities and social change. For the course we had to find a placement and I approached Toonspeak. I was lucky enough to get a day in the office and an evening working at North West Theatre Makers. Pretty soon I was taken on as one of the team and in the office two days a week helping out with all sorts, which was an incredible experience.

I am thankful to all the young people, to the staff at Toonspeak and to the board for really being such a constant in my life. You are all wonderful people and I am so happy to know you. Today is my last day on my contract with Toonspeak. I will be about for the Summer Intensive working on the Arts Awards, but then that really will be me. All good things must come to an end, and Toonspeak, you really were the best. Thank you for being such excellent, wonderful people. Please continue to be yourselves in the most authentic ways- don’t let anyone get in the way of that.

All my love,

Emrys