Read­ers pick their Glas­gow Com­mu­nity Cham­pion stars


AF­TER a fiercely fought con­test, Glas­gow’s Com­mu­nity Cham­pion grand fi­nal­ists have been de­cided – by Evening Times read­ers.

Our an­nual awards, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Glas­gow Fort and sup­ported by Glas­gow City Coun­cil, Glas­gow Com­mu­nity Plan­ning Part­ner­ship, Glas­gow Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Trades House of Glas­gow, cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing that is great about the city and its peo­ple.

This year, for the first time in the long-run­ning event’s his­tory, our read­ers have de­ter­mined who tri­umphed in each cat­e­gory in the north west, north east and south of the city.

Over the next three days we will be un­veil­ing who won in each re­gion of the city, across eight cat­e­gories. The win­ners will go through to the Grand Fi­nal on De­cem­ber 6.

To­day, it’s the turn of the north west.

To­mor­row we will re­veal the north east win­ners, and on Fri­day, our cham­pi­ons from the south. Our new­est award, Teacher of the Year, is a city-wide cat­e­gory, so all three fi­nal­ists are be­ing an­nounced to­day


Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity Vol­un­teer Team

BE­HIND the scenes at Glas­gow’s much-re­spected Beat­son, are a ded­i­cated team of hard­work­ing vol­un­teers, who en­sure all pa­tients and fam­i­lies re­ceive the very best care be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter treat­ment.


Cal­lum Hutchi­son – Vi­o­lence Re­duc­tion Unit

TWO years ago, Cal­lum was a long-term ca­su­alty of Glas­gow’s gang cul­ture – now he leads an in­no­va­tive men­tor sup­port pro­gramme at Brave­heart In­dus­tries, help­ing trou­bled young peo­ple find new paths in life.


Gre­gor Ritchie and Fraser Devine – Men Mat­ter Scot­land

THIS fan­tas­tic sup­port net­work helps men of all ages at risk from so­cial iso­la­tion and men­tal health prob­lems.


Red Watch at Mary­hill Com­mu­nity Fire Sta­tion – Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice

OVER the last 20 years, the group has raised more than £45,000 for Kel­bourne Park Pri­mary, pro­vid­ing a sen­sory room, play­ground equip­ment, horse rid­ing les­sons and more.

SE­NIOR AWARD (For in­di­vid­u­als or teams aged 60 and over):

Mu­si­cal Mem­o­ries Spring­burn – Spring­burn Parish Church

WITH an av­er­age age of 77, the mighty Yel­low Shirts run weekly music ses­sions for peo­ple with de­men­tia and their car­ers, and have a wider aim of cre­at­ing a de­men­ti­afriendly com­mu­nity in this part of Glas­gow.

YOUNG AWARD (For in­di­vid­u­als or teams aged 17 and un­der):

Mariya Javed, An­other Star in the Sky REAL-LIFE su­per­hero Mariya was just seven when her older brother died of a rare, un­di­ag­nosed brain con­di­tion in 2017. De­spite her grief, the lit­tle girl has spent the last two years fundrais­ing, col­lect­ing £15,000 to help re­search into sim­i­lar con­di­tions.


Baby Loss Re­treat

THE char­ity helps be­reaved par­ents with emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects of hav­ing a stillbirth or neona­tal death, by pro­vid­ing respite. Over the past year, it has helped 15 par­ents.


West End Road


THIS run­ning club has grown from around 10 mem­bers to 150 in just three years, boost­ing con­fi­dence and im­prov­ing fit­ness lev­els in its com­mu­nity.


Frank McAr­dle – St Roch’s Ceili Band

FRANK has taught and in­spired hun­dreds of young mu­si­cians at the helm of St Roch’s Sec­ondary’s leg­endary ceilidh band and through evening classes he runs through­out the city.

Craig Hay­worth, King’s Park Sec­ondary

OVER the last two years, PE teacher Craig has set up a school foot­ball team, started a bad­minton club and en­cour­aged chil­dren who might not oth­er­wise have had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sport, to get in­volved.

Har­riet Ward, Lingo Flamingo VOL­UN­TEER lan­guage tu­tor Har­riet Ward has made a big im­pres­sion at Lingo Flamingo, which teaches lan­guage les­sons to older adults liv­ing in care homes across Glas­gow. She is part of a team work­ing on ground­break­ing re­search into de­men­tia care and has in­spired oth­ers to vol­un­teer.

Frank McAr­dle is a fi­nal­ist for Teacher of the Year award

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