Recognition at national level for Penicuik Y

Keith McIntosh and Claire Gillies with their YMCA honours
Keith McIntosh and Claire Gillies with their YMCA honours

Penicuik YMCA/YWCA has plenty to cheer about having been awarded a series of accolades at the YMCA Scotland Annual Business Meeting.

The Y, which faced a funding crisis earlier this year, was awarded the Quality Review Award for its work in delivering high quality services to young people.

The Sir George Williams Medal was presented to Penicuik Y chairman Keith McIntosh for his contribution to the YMCA movement at a local and national level.

The medal is named after the founder of the first YMCA in 1844 and is the highest accolade from YMCA Scotland in recognition of years of dedicated service and impact.

Keith has served the YMCA cause for more than 40 years, as one of the early leaders of the Y in Penicuik and also for his work at a national and international level, guiding the YMCA movement through some of its most difficult decisions.

Penicuik Y board member Ross Laird was appointed as vice-chairman of YMCA Scotland, ensuring that the Y continues to be well recognised throughout the organisation.

Centre manager Claire Gillies said: “This is a fantastic achievement that recognises the great strides that Penicuik YMCA/YWCA has made and is testament to the hard work and dedication of its staff. We have worked hard to ensure that we are always providing the highest quality service to the local community and it is great to see this being recognised at a national level.”

On receiving the Sir George Williams Medal, Keith added: “I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to have received such an honour. The YMCA is a superb organisation that makes a real impact on the lives of young people throughout the world ever since it was founded back in 1844.

“This medal means the world to me and I wish to thank all my fellow travellers in the YMCA movement in Penicuik and beyond who have helped to make this possible.”