Winning partnership celebrated in style

Trust named 'Scottish Local Partner of the Year' by UK-wide employability charity Tomorrow’s People

Toby with tomorrow's people award 2015 lr detail

The John Muir Trust was recognised as the Scottish Local Partner of the Year by Tomorrow’s People, a UK wide employability charity, at an awards celebration in Glasgow.

Galashiels Works! - a Tomorrow’s People programme in the Scottish Borders - nominated the John Muir Trust following a successful partnership year of volunteering at the Trust's Glenlude property and supporting young people to achieve the John Muir Award.

Galashiels Works! engages with young people who are not in employment, education or training and with considerable barriers to work, in an intensive ten week programme. This includes working towards the nationally recognised John Muir Award, and putting something back for nature and their community, through practical conservation volunteering at Glenlude.

Young people report that their involvement in Galashiels Works! has helped improve confidence and teamwork skills, and that they value taking responsibility for themselves, their community and wild places. An impressive 87% of young people move on to positive destinations after the programme.

Mark Timmins, Project Leader for Galashiels Works!, said: “We have found that taking young people to Glenlude has allowed them to connect with a positive place in their lives and opened doors to positive communication with the staff and fellow participants. This allows for a resolution and a freedom to move forwards in their lives as well as reconnecting positively with the outdoors and wild places.

“Undertaking the John Muir Award has provided our clients with valuable experiences and skills which are vital in helping them progress into work, education or training. They receive a certificate celebrating their commitment and completion of the John Muir Award. This provides them with a recognised achievement which they can be proud to show to future employers.”

The Local Partner of the Year Award is sponsored by Scotmid Co-operative. Malcom Brown, Head of Corporate Communications, presented the Award on their behalf to the John Muir Award Scotland Manager, Toby Clark.

Karen Purvis, property manager at Glenlude, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition for our partnership with Tomorrow’s People, Galashiels Works! The help we receive from them is invaluable. Without it we wouldn’t be able to make the progress with our rewilding project that their hands-on work enables. We have found that when individuals connect with the natural world it is very therapeutic, so by putting something back into nature they are gaining two-fold with regards to their own personal journeys. It’s been an absolute delight to work with these young people and see them move on into the working world.”

Find out more

Galashiels Works! features in the property film about Glenlude, which highlights the importance of volunteering to the work of the John Muir Trust.

The John Muir Award is working with Tomorrow’s People across the UK. Read a case study about the programme in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.