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About Peeblesshire Youth Trust

What We Do

Peeblesshire Youth Trust supports young people from Primary 6 across all of Tweeddale, through to S2 at Peebles High School. We help to boost confidence and self-esteem, as well as building resilience and enhancing social skills, to smoothen the transition from primary to secondary school.

We deliver a variety of programmes including “Achieve Your Potential” workshops, regular group activity sessions, one-to-one mentoring, primary-secondary transition support sessions, in-school programmes and delivery of Christmas hampers to local families. Most of our activities are held in the local community, at various halls or outdoor spaces around Tweeddale. All sessions are free for young people to attend, and are planned around having fun whilst making new friends and learning new skills!

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.

Our Vision

Our vision is that Peeblesshire Youth Trust will nurture, support, engage and encourage 10-14 year olds throughout Tweeddale to build resilience and help to achieve their potential. We will support our young people to develop good relationships with peers and families and to make a positive impact in their community. We are unique in providing individual mentoring alongside a range of other confidence-building activities to young people throughout Tweeddale.

Our Income 2022-23

Peeblesshire Youth Trust Income 2022-23

Our Achievements 2022-23

Young People Supported

- 89



- 81


Volunteer Hours

- 1350


Cost Equivalent for Volunteer Hours

£ 14,067


Hampers Delivered

- 110


Our Collaborations


Peebles High School & Tweeddale Primary Schools
Community Learning and Development
Peeblesshire Foodbank
Oor Space Youthy
Peebles & District Round Table
Where’s The One?
PhDFUNdamentals Gymnastics & Trampoline Club


Peebles Youth Voice
Tweeddale Community Partnership
Tweeddale Volunteers
Scottish Borders Youth & Families Network Scottish Mentoring Network
Scottish Mentoring Network
Youth Borders
Youth Scotland

Build Resilience

Strategic Objective:

Build Resilience


  • Achieve Your Potential workshops with Primary 6 and 7 pupils
  • 1-to-1 mentoring
  • Group activities for all young people supported by PYT


87% showed improvement in their ability to take part in group activities.

“He feels a sense of pride.”
“E’s confidence has improved since attending. (She is) more confident with talking and having lots of detailed conversations.” (Parents)

Achieve Potential

Strategic Objective:

Achieve Potential


  • Address key themes from Curriculum for Excellence in workshops

  • Goal setting with mentors

  • S6 Buddies for S1 pupils at PHS


100% of children showed an increase in speaking with confidence.

99% of children showed improvement in carrying out instructions.

“He’s been more confident in new situations and with new people.” (Parent)

“Always happier on a Friday after he attended (PYT).” (Parent)

Engage Community

Strategic Objective:

Engage Community


  • Equip young people to be valued in the community

  • Provide Christmas hampers to local families

  • Build relationships with local partners including schools


“Working with PYT has created a beneficial mix of youth work and teacher led approaches which pupils respond very positively to .” (Teacher)

Form Relationships

Strategic Objective:

Form Relationsips


  • Help young people to build positive relationships with family and peers

  • Run S1 transition programme to ease the move to high school

  • Work within schools to provide nurture for young people, helping them to aim for positive destinations


“Without the sessions, C’s transition would have been awful…..for that, we will be forever grateful.” (Parent)

90% of parents stated they would contact PYT for future support with their child.


Our Team

Board of TrusteesHamper CoordinatorsStaff

Sarah Keen – Programme Manager

Sarah grew up in Peebles and has an extensive...

Glyn Harris – Project Coordinator

Glyn recently joined PYT as Project Coordinator...