National recognition for Penicuik support scheme

Natasha McInninie holding her certificate for Highly Commended Staff member 2015 with Darren (Penicuik YMCA/YWCA's longest standing mentor) holding the certificate for Highly Commended Project 2015
Natasha McInninie holding her certificate for Highly Commended Staff member 2015 with Darren (Penicuik YMCA/YWCA's longest standing mentor) holding the certificate for Highly Commended Project 2015

Penicuik YMCA’s Plusone project scooped a series of awards at the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards recently.

The Y’s Plusone mentoring scheme provides support to 18 young people across 
Midlothian.

The scheme is funded by the Big Lottery Realising Ambition Fund, with match funding from Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian.

The awards included recognition of the great work by three mentors, who each received a commended mentor award.

In addition, Plusone co-ordinator, Natasha McInninie, received a highly commended staff member award and Penicuik Plusone Project received a highly commended project award.

Commenting on their success, Natasha said: “It is fantastic to see the Plusone programme in Midlothian receiving so many awards.

“These mentors have put in a huge effort to help transform young people’s lives and these awards go some way to recognising their hard work and incredible achievement.”

Claire Gillies, Penicuik YMCA centre manager, added: “Penicuik YMCA-YWCA has become a centre of excellence in mentoring under the Plusone scheme.

“Natasha has been an inspirational leader and we hope to continue to build on her great work in years to come.”

The initiative was launched in Midlothian in 2014. The project aims to intervene in the lives of young people who have a cluster of risk factors.