About Peeblesshire Youth Trust

What We Do

Peeblesshire Youth Trust (PYT) supports 10-14 year olds across Tweeddale to build their confidence and self-esteem and to improve emotional wellbeing. Our vision is to nurture, support, engage and encourage these young people to feel valued and reach their aspirations. Our project began in 2009 when a local father asked for help to guide his son through the difficult transition years from primary to secondary. It was felt that a mentor figure in his life would be a perfect way to do this. It was soon realised that this boy couldn’t be the only young person requiring such support, and so PYT was born!

PYT Mission Statement

Peeblesshire Youth Trust will empower our community by providing a facility for support to young people and their families. We will develop confidence and resilience in our community by promoting participation and inclusion. At all times we will be helpful, approachable and non-judgemental.

Volunteers Required

 

We are always looking for enthusiastic adults from all walks of life who have a keen interest in helping children and families in their own community.

 

 

We need people to help us with:

Achieve Your Potential Programme for Primary 6’s

1:1 mentoring for young people between the ages of 10-14

Christmas Hamper deliveries

Sharing a skill/hobby

S6 Peer Mentors at Peebles High School for S1’s

You can download a volunteer application form 

Our Team

4th March 2020

Sarah Keen – Programme Manager

Our Team

Sarah grew up in Peebles and has an extensive knowledge of the local community. She is a mother of four, with experience of working with, and for the benefit of, young people. Sarah aims to lead Peeblesshire Youth Trust to a long-term...

4th March 2020

Rachel Beatton – Chair

Our Team

Rachel moved to Peebles in 2010 and looked to become actively involved in the community. Her husband, Paul, became a mentor with PYT and with small children at home, Rachel volunteered to support with some office tasks. She quickly...

4th March 2020

Anne Scott – Trustee

Our Team

Anne is a retired nurse with many years of experience working with children as a School Nurse in Tweeddale then as a Community Nurse Manager before working for SBC setting up Early Years Centres in four towns across the Borders. She...

4th March 2020

Mark Blaik – Joint Secretary

Our Team

Mark joined the Board as Joint Secretary with Ross in 2018. Having worked for Girlguiding Scotland at Netherurd House, he worked with young people on a daily basis. Mark recently moved into a role as Business Development Manager for...

4th March 2020

Ross Forrest – Joint Secretary

Our Team

Ross is currently a solicitor in Edinburgh, and joined PYT to act as Joint Secretary with Mark in 2018. Born and raised in Peebles, Ross still lives in the town. He was looking for opportunities to volunteer and help a local project....

4th March 2020

Martin Brown – Treasurer

Our Team

After 38 years with Bank of Scotland (22 of those in England), Martin returned to his home town to “retire”. With previous Board experience in the social care sector, Martin was pleased to accept the post of PYT Treasurer...

4th March 2020

John O’Donnell – Vice Chair

Our Team

John served the majority of his career in the banking industry and spent 27 years with the Scottish private bank, Adam and Co plc. He held various positions and served on the Board between 2003 and 2013. Having retired from the bank in...

4th March 2020

Eric Ward MBE JP – Trustee

Our Team

Eric is a Chartered Marketeer involved in many aspects of business and charitable organisations. Having been involved on the Youth Bench as a Magistrate, and with the Air League where he developed a programme to divert young people...

4th March 2020

Campbell Wilson – Trustee

Our Team

As Rector of Peebles High School, PYT is delighted to have Campbell as a member of our Board of Trustees, where he brings a wealth of knowledge of experience of working with and supporting young people. He also ensures close links are...

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