Pride of Edinburgh: Volunteer Marcus Glancy hailed

Marcus Glancy has earned many qualifications through his volunteering. Picture: contributed

Marcus Glancy has earned many qualifications through his volunteering. Picture: contributed

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IT would have been very easy for Marcus Glancy to end up on the wrong side of the tracks.

But the 17-year-old from north Edinburgh has left a life of trouble behind to become a respected volunteer, inspiring others to do the same.

He has now been nominated in the Costa-sponsored Inspirational Young Adult category of the Pride of Edinburgh awards after volunteering for groups including FetLor youth centre and the Muirhouse Youth Development Group.

He worked initially as a helper but more recently as a youth worker and outdoor instructor.

Marcus admits he had been “knocking around with the wrong sort of people” in his early teens and was now trying to encourage other youngsters to follow him down the volunteering path.

He said: “I try to encourage volunteering as much as I can and tell them ‘Look, I started off volunteering and look what I’ve become’.”

Finding out he had been nominated was a complete surprise but Marcus said he felt “quite happy that people recognised him”.

Paul Carnie, of Granton Youth Centre, who nominated the teen, said: “I’ve known Marcus for many years as his youth worker. He is a fantastic young man.

“He’s been brought up in an area where antisocial behaviour is extremely tempting and after a small period of time of potentially getting into trouble with the wrong crowd he has worked hard to keep himself on the right path.

“He is very committed to helping people out, he has an amazing nature and is extremely motivated. When working and volunteering you can see that young people look up to him so therefore he is a perfect role model for young people within the area.

“For a lad of his age he has done hundreds of volunteering hours.

“When you look at his CV he has racked up a huge amount of training and qualifications relating to youth work or outdoor education. He is well on his way to becoming a fantastic young professional within his field.”

In the course of his volunteering, he has also been earning himself a host of vocational qualifications.

He has cycle training, climbing and canoeing qualifications, and he has also completed a first aid at work course and a food hygiene certificate.

Marcus is also qualified to teach swimming and was undergoing yet another swimming coaching qualification this week.

Jonny Kinross is a social enterprise manager at Edinburgh-based MY Adventure, where Marcus has been a volunteer for two years.

He said: “He is a really good role model and has shown the people he used to hang around with that they can make positive contribution to their community. For a young guy his contribution has been absolutely massive. He is very committed and really enjoys working with groups.

“He is on course to get a career in youth work or outdoor activity – he’s got his foot in both camps. It is possible we will employ him to deliver activities to schools. He is a fantastic character and deserves this nomination.”

If you know an inspirational young adult worthy of recognition then nominate today, there is still time before the closing date of Monday.

How to nominate

THE Pride of Edinburgh awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Winners will be announced on Friday, May 16, at the Assembly Rooms.

The easiest way to nominate someone for The Pride of Edinburgh Awards is by visiting www.prideofedinburgh.co.uk

This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us all about your nominee.

If you prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Pride of Edinburgh Awards, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS. Entries must include your name, address and telephone number.

Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win the award.

The closing date for entries is Monday, April 21.

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