Stevie, one of the people we support in Dundee, picked up a top prize at the Dundee Inspire Awards for his volunteering efforts with a local social enterprise that aims to build understanding between Muslims and the wider community.

His work with Taught By Muhammad saw Stevie collect the ‘Make a Difference Award for Communities’ at the event, which took place at Dundee’s Caird Hall, attended by more than 200 people.

The awards aimed to celebrate the many achievements of Dundee’s young people during the 2018 Year of Young People. They were run in partnership with Dundee Youth Fund, Dundee City Council, Dundee Youth Council and Volunteer Dundee.

After his drama class in the Douglas Centre, Stevie would visit Taught By Muhammad’s café. Stevie’s support practitioner, Kevin, knew that Stevie was very keen to take on voluntary work so asked him if he wanted to look into possible opportunities at the café. Stevie jumped at the chance!

From there, Stevie and Kevin worked together to speak to the management and then completed the relevant paperwork. Having started at the support café in the Douglas Community Centre, Stevie now lends a hand at all four cafes in various parts of the city.

Stevie quickly proved to be a very hard working and dedicated volunteer. He would set up the tables and serve customers, but most importantly, he would spend time with those in the community who used the free drop-in café.

He was nominated for the award by group leader Anne Singleta who finds him an absolute joy to be around and a very worthy winner of this community award.

Kevin Hume, Stevie’s support worker, said:

“Myself and the team are very proud of the hard work and commitment Stevie has shown to achieve his own personal goals. It’s fantastic that he’s been recognised in this way.

“Furthermore, in recognition of his hard work with Taught by Muhammad he has been selected to take part in a 12-week cooking course which will further his skills in this area, something else he is really keen to do.” 

Stevie’s family members have also expressed their delight at his success. They feel that prior to Carr Gomm supporting him, they could never have dreamt that he’d win an award and continue to do so well.