Joty Chopra participated in the Take Me With You project (part of Refugee Week), aimed at developing dialogue between young refugees and young scots in Summer 2011. Since then Joty has continued to be actively involved in UPP projects and has now taken on a voluntary role in the Dialogue 4 Destitution Project as our Media Coordinator.
Joty Chopra came from Swat Valley in Pakistan to Cardonald in Scotland with her family where she now lives. Eager to contribute to her local community Joty got involved with the Tarfside Community Flat and this is how she found out about the Unfinished Picture Project. From June to August 2011 Joty participated in the Take me With You, project, a collaborative art project linking young refugees in Glasgow with young ‘Doonhamers’ (natives of Dumfries). The project involved a number of face to face meetings and the transformation of a ‘travelling trunk’ which conveyed the young people’s ideas about the concepts of journey and home.
After the summer Joty began a college course in Journalism whilst continuing to be involved in the ‘Wall and Screen Project’ aimed at exploring issues of youth opportunity in the cardonald community through the mediums of film and mural. This project is on-going. Joty’s passion however lay in Journalism.
“I have been working with the UPP since summer 2011 and I find it really great. I get the chance to meet loads of new people and learn about different cultures and experiences.” Joty Chopra, 18
In January 2012 a new voluntary post became available with the Dialogue 4 Destitution project, to create and coordinate media as part of the ‘work-in-campaign’. Joty was the ideal candidate for this role and has risen to the challenge with great willingness and the capacity to contribute a great deal. Joty is always a engaged and creative in her approach, whether as a participant or as a volunteer and it’s been really enjoyable to have her involvement in the Glasgow projects.