Graeme’s commitment to volunteering praised
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.”