Glasgow charity wins host of awards for work with young people

A children and young people's charity in Glasgow which is part-funded by the Church of Scotland has won a host of awards for community programmes it runs in some of the city's most disadvantaged areas.

A group photo of staff from PEEK
The team from PEEK

Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK), a project dedicated to organising activities for young people in the east and north of Glasgow, won Best Community Project on a Social Housing Estate at the Ground Work UK Awards.

The ceremony, which took place on November 2 at the Haymarket in London, was attended by award nominees from across the UK, including Blackhill's Growing, another Kirk supported project from Glasgow.

School holiday club

PEEK was also recognised for working with Dalmarnock Primary School, Glasgow, to help set up a school holiday club, which won the Partnership category at the Herald Society Awards.

Since 2012, PEEK has received grants from the Church of Scotland's Go For It fund, which supports creative ways of helping communities and congregations to flourish.

Young Volunteer of the Year

One of PEEK's Young Volunteers has achieved a hat-trick of awards this year in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community of Calton in Glasgow.

Brandon Donnelly, 16, won the Young Volunteer of the Year at the Sport Scotland Coaching Officiating and Volunteering Awards on November 8 for his efforts organising tennis and football sessions.

He also received an award for volunteering from Glasgow Sport last week for his hard-work, and in July was presented with a prestigious Diana Award.

Award winner Brandon Donnelly with Mark Gallacher who was highly commended
Sport Scotland COV Award winner Brandon Donnelly with PEEK colleague Mark Gallacher who was highly commended

Calton, which is to the east of Glasgow city centre, has a life-expectancy which is significantly below the average for Scotland.

Mr Donnelly said: "I used to go to any group at PEEK that I could - drama, singing - but now I'm involved through volunteering and helping other young people.

"If you ever get the chance to volunteer, take it up.

"It will be the best thing you have ever done, I've benefitted a lot from it and I'm more confident and organised.

"Working with young people is something I want to do for a living in the future now."

Improving lives

Melodie Crumlin, Chief Executive of PEEK, said: "PEEK is committed to improving the lives of local children and young people across Glasgow.

"We want all of these youngsters regardless of their circumstances to see and experience the possibilities as they play, create and thrive.

"A tremendous amount of hard work and commitment goes into making PEEK the exciting, vibrant, fun, safe, creative and playful place that it is.

"In all of this our people are key to this- our staff, volunteers, children, young people, parents, funders and supporters."

Ms Crumlin described Mr Donnelly as a "fantastic" young man who is a "positive role model" in his community.

"He is an inspiration to the PEEK team," she added.

"I am super proud and privileged to have journied alongside Brandon since the age of six.

"Life hasn't always been easy but he has shown great determination, commitment and resilience as a young leader."

To find out more about the Church of Scotland's Go For It fund please go to www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/go_for_it