Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) aim to improve the life chances of children and young people by unlocking their potential as they "Play, Create and Thrive". Operating in more than 30 communities within North and East Glasgow since 2000, and supporting children with some of the most significant social problems - including poverty, food poverty, low aspirations - they have become a trusted and respected part of the community, understanding the issues and challenges families face.
In 2008 they launched their volunteer programme in response to the needs of young people who wanted to give back to the project. Through the volunteer programme staff will work with young people to identify short and long-term goals through personal development plans and will support them to build lifelong skills such as communication and emotional intelligence. The young people will also have access and support to complete accredited awards.
The David Doig Foundation awarded PEEK funding to help deliver the Thrive Volunteering programme for young people. The programme aims to increase aspirations and build employability and life skills for young people aged 14 – 21 in the North and East End of Glasgow. The programme supported 40 vulnerable young people at risk of disengaging from mainstream education and not linked to a positive destination.
Laura aged 16, participated in the Thrive Volunteer Programme. At home Laura has significant caring responsibilities, caring for her mother, and has been attending Possibilities for Each and Every Kid since the age of five. In recent years, Laura’s caring responsibilities have increased adding more pressure to Laura’s life. In January 2019, struggling with mental health issues Laura, took the decision to leave school. On leaving school Laura immediately contacted Possibilities for Each and Every Kid, and asked about the Thrive Volunteering Programme. During this period Possibilities for Each and Every Kid worked intensively with Laura to increase her life skills and aspirations for a positive destination. Laura gained employability skills, as well as life skills such as mindfulness to help manage her health and wellbeing and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Laura said: When I started volunteering, I was very shy, and I wasn’t very confident in myself. At my first volunteer sessions I hardly spoke, and kept to myself. Since then I’ve made some friends and PEEK have helped me grow. They helped me find and show off my talents I didn’t know I had! I am so happy PEEK is around because it is one of the most amazing things I have ever done and has helped me so much. I know where to go if I need cheering up or help with anything and everyone is so kind. Through PEEK I have met some of my best friends and it just been the best years of life!”
With her new found confidence and aspirations not only has she attended acting auditions at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Laura is now studying Sport and Fitness at college and is working part-time.