Media Release: Young people tackle the big issues themselves in Glasgow’s East End

YOUNG people at PEEK in Glasgow’s East End are showing they are not afraid to tackle the big issues when working with their peers.

A group of 14-to-17 year-olds are staging an afternoon workshop at the Platform in Easterhouse aimed at helping young people understand the world and the world on their doorstep.

The afternoon will examine the similarities between the the problems facing young people in war-torn countries and the problems facing youngsters trying to avoid gang culture in the East End.

One of its creators, Clodagh McSorley from the PEEK Peer Educators, said: “I am a young person from the east end of Glasgow .

“We feel very strongly about our project. We are running a performance and work shop written by us  for young people in the East End.

“Gang fighting and child soldiers are two very serious subjects which at first appear to be very different, but through this project we hope to show to young people the many similarities between the two.

“This project has been created by young people for young people. We hope as many people as possible come will come along on Sunday.”

The free workshop starts at 1pm on Sunday in The Platform on Sunday June 30, 2013.

Transport can be provided by arrangement.

For more information, contact PEEK

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Editor’s notes

PEEK ran approximately 200 Street Play sessions over 420 hours in the last six months, in eight different areas across the city’s East End.

PEEK has worked with over 850 children and young people aged 5-21 over the last ten years.

PEEK has expanded its reach and now works across the east centre and Calton area of Glasgow.

300 children and 70 young people take part in PEEK activities in a typical week, with a particularly high level of demand from primary school children.

PEEK has won many awards for its work including: Nancy Ovens Play Award 2010, Strathclyde Youth Community Project of 2009, Strathclyde Youth Adult Volunteer of the Year 2010 and SOS Sense over Sectarianism.

PEEK secured and managed over £1.5 million of grants and donations from funders and supporters.

PEEK contributed to a range of local partnerships and networks including the International Youth Exchange Programme, more than 20 young people have experienced an exchange to Europe; the East End Youth Bank – a funding body led by young people for young people. Over £5,000 of grants given out to local individuals and groups.

PEEK employs 14 local people, four of whom have come up through the project since 2000.

12 young people currently volunteer at least 2.5 hours per week with the project.

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Contact: Michelle McDonald
Phone: 0141 552 5757