Dundee’s Young People

2018 has been reconigsed as the ‘Year of the Young People’ which has been introduced by the Scottish Parliament.

Dundee’s Young People is a series of features showcasing and celebrating the talents of Dundee’s young people and people affiliated with Dundee during the Year of Young People in 2018 launched by the Scottish Government. A project designed by Dundee Culture to let audiences know about the impact young people have in Dundee.

If you are a young person who wants to be featured in this new project here on CultureSpot, then feel free to contact Dundee Culture!

As a young person myself, I want to see what talents other young people have in Dundee. Dundee is a city that is home to some creative and active young people who have inspiring stories to tell!

From vloggers to campaigners, musicians to sportsmen and women, I want to showcase their stories as part of Scotland’s ‘Year of the Young People’. I feel it is important to tell these stories as it could be great to showcase what young people have the potential of doing and will be great read to people of all ages.

So if you want your story to be told, get in touch with Dundee Culture!

Meet ‘Dundee’s Young People’

Callum Christie

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Callum Christie is a vlogger from Charleston in Dundee. He was brought up by drug-addict parents but since living with his great grandparents, he has turned his life around and is now a vlogger who is now working with the BBC Social and aims to have a career in video making.

Jed Alexander

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Jed Alexander is a young aspiring tennis player from Dundee. He started playing when he was six and now aged seventeen, he has been invited to attend the Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden.

Abby Lang

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Abby Lang has been raising the profile of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), a national charity which aims to prevent young sudden cardiac death through awareness, screening, research and supporting affected families. She addressed Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) on the subject back in June 2018.

Chelsea Cameron

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Chelsea grew up in the Menzieshill area of Dundee with her parents who were drug addicts. A former student of Menzieshill High School, she was forced to deal with these problems at a young age and had experienced a lot of distress as a child after her mother walked out on the family which left her father in distress and this did have an impact on Chelsea as she was almost excluded from school but she decided enough was enough and she managed to turn things around and later became head girl at Menzieshill.

But in the open letter that she released on her blog last year, Chelsea had thanked her parents for teaching her to be independent, ambitious and to stay clear of drugs.

Ciaran Roberts-Osterberg

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Ciaran Roberts-Osterberg is an inspiring teenage drummer from Dundee who has been accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. Ciaran has autism and has had a love for drumming from a young age.

Jack Sampson

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Jack Sampson is a photographer from Dundee who has captured great shots from here at home to places such as the United States. Jack is the sixth young person to take part in the Dundee’s Young People series.


BOOTlace, a half-post punk band which was founded in 2017 has released it’s first single on popular music platform Spotify. The band includes members Joseph Young, Ben Thom and Andrew Balmer. Their new single which is called “Youth and Joy” was at the centre of their first gig and are aiming to expand in the near future

Be Charlotte

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Be Charlotte is an acclaimed singer/songwriter from Dundee who has just signed for Columbia/Sony Music and to have that achievement at such a young age is incredible! She has performed at several music festivals across Europe and is now in a position to advance her music career further after the signing to the record label.

The Scottish Sisters

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Starting in 2014, Holly and Abbie McKee set up a YouTube channel to entertain viewers with their own original content including vlogs, challenges, baking videos and much more. Now as of 2018, they have a mass following of over 3,700 subscribers and the channel is one of the most popular in Dundee.

V&A Young People’s Collective

The V&A Dundee has now officially opened to the public and it gives the opportunity for local inspiring artists and creative talents in Dundee and the local area. But as the majority of people associated with the V&A are mostly adults, there is also a growing youth voice in the museum – and that is the incredible Young People’s Collective!

Mark Stewart

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At just age 23, Mark Stewart has already won an international gold and bronze as he represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

Grace Warnock

Grace Warnock was only nine years of age when she was dianogsed with Chron’s disease but now she is raising awareness of invisible disabilities by designing toilet signs which are used for accessible toilets to let people know that there is folk out there that have invisible disabilities where they may take longer compared to others using toilets.

Drew Marr

Drew Marr is only ten years old but has already got his sights on creating his own business designing comics – and he has already had success with his work being sold across the country!

Eilish Mccolgan

It’s fair to say that Eilish Mccolgan has had an incredible year after winning silver at in Berlin! Eilish is a very incredible athlete who has achieved so much in her carer!

Aqeel Ahmed

Aqeel Ahmed is an acclaimed boxer who has won the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Scottish Elite Boxing Championships as well as the 2015, 2016 and 2017 British Boxing Championships.

Laura Muir

Laura Muir has been one of Scotland’s top athletes. Starting out at the Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, she has went on to win gold at the in Berlin and overall has won 6 gold medals internationally!

Sofia Ramzan

Sofia Ramzan competed in her first Commonwealth Games in earlier this year and from being around Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, this has inspired her by realising she could get involved as well.

Alyssa Faulkner

Alyssa Faulkner was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back five years ago and has been supporting Diabetes UK but she believed that there was not a lot tailored to 16-31 year olds that had the same condition as her.

Showcase the Street

Showcase the Street is a charity based in Dundee which aims to make activities such as dance, fashion, sport and cultural subjects accessible for young people – mostly living in poverty or have a lack of opportunity.