Graeme’s com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer­ing praised

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cathkin High pupil has been ap­plauded for his vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts by the co­or­di­na­tor of Po­lice Scot­land Youth Vol­un­teers (PSYV).

Graeme Gibb, of 4C3, made con­tact with the po­lice sev­eral months ago ex­press­ing an in­ter­est in the pro­gramme and joined the new Glas­gow East group at the be­gin­ning of the school year.

The group is made up of pupils from schools in the east end of Glas­gow, Ban­ner­man, St Mungo’s and Eastbank High School.

Due to Graeme’s level of in­ter­est, Po­lice Scot­land felt it ap­pro­pri­ate to make an ex­cep­tion and al­low him to join.

Along with the rest of the group, made up of 24 vol­un­teers, Graeme re­ceived an in­tro­duc­tion to the po­lice, the com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer­ing.

Or­gan­is­ers say he has nat­u­rally taken on a lead­er­ship role at this early stage in the pro­gramme and is one of the drill in­struc­tors and his peers are re­spond­ing very well to him in this role.

The group meets ev­ery fort­night and will be vol­un­teer­ing reg­u­larly in the com­mu­nity.

PSYV at­tended its first vol­un­teer­ing event as a group on Oc­to­ber 25. It as­sisted at ‘Moira’s Run’ which is a char­ity 5k run in mem­ory of Moira Jones who was mur­dered in Queen’s Park in 2008.

Graeme, along with the other vol­un­teers, was re­spon­si­ble for mar­shalling the route and giv­ing en­cour­age­ment to the 250 run­ners. Graeme was nom­i­nated to place a bou­quet of flow­ers near to the area where Moira’s body was dis­cov­ered. Po­lice Scot­land say that he car­ried out this task with a great deal of ma­tu­rity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Ash­ley Toner, co­or­di­na­tor of the PSYV pro­gramme, had noth­ing but praise for Graeme’s in­volve­ment with the pro­gramme.

She said: “We are de­lighted with Graeme so far. He’s a very ma­ture young man and has dis­played fan­tas­tic com­mit­ment to the PSYV pro­gramme. He is a real credit to his school. We’re ex­cited to see how he de­vel­ops within PSYV in the fu­ture.”

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