Hawick musician Glen Mcgillivray took centre stage at a glittering awards ceremony recently when performing in front of a large audience at the Glasgow Hilton.
The 21-year-old was part of a special evening held in honour of young people who have changed their lives. Having grown up in an isolated rural community, Glen had been unemployed and in and out of the criminal justice system for four years – until he found Tomorrow’s People.
The charity has provided him with support and stability and he is now focused on a career in music – he performed at the Stowed Out Festival – and is setting up his own record label.
“Tomorrow’s People has been fantastic for me. I now have confidence in myself and am visible to the world,” Glen said.
Baroness Debbie Stedman Scott, the charity’s chief executive officer, explained: “Tomorrow’s People has been working in Scotland since it was set up 30 years ago and programmes have developed to reflect local need. Each of these young people comes from a unique situation and we take this into account when helping them to progress on their journey.
“These awards are a way of celebrating how far each of our clients has come and it is our way of showing that every unemployment statistic is made up of individual stories.”
Tomorrow’s People works in communities to help disadvantaged adults and young people to get and keep a job. Its vision is to break the cycle of unemployment and dependency in deprived communities throughout the UK.
Tomorrow’s People provides one-to-one support, focused on individual needs, and runs programmes for adults and young people, including working in prisons, GP practices, isolated villages and estates.