Douglas A. Peacock, Clydesdale Bank

Scotland Employee Volunteer of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

Backed by a hugely supportive employer, Douglas has a tireless appetite for getting stuck in to all sorts of projects, and in doing so has inspired others and made a real difference to communities.

Clydesdale Bank logoDouglas A. Peacock is a hard-working and highly motivated individual with a strong personal presence and a tireless appetite for volunteering. The range and depth of volunteering activities that Douglas has participated in made his application shine.

Wide-ranging volunteering activities

Douglas founded North Kelvin Meadow, a registered charity which has transformed 1.4 hectares of an inner city for the benefit of the community, especially young children. He even found the time and energy to manage a volunteer maintenance crew on the project. As a result, 23 schools and many nurseries now use this land.

From North Kelvin Meadow to South Africa; Douglas spent three months’ unpaid leave looking after five wild rhinos at risk of being killed by poachers. His wide scope of his volunteering activities has also included supporting the tree planting project Trees for Life, which aims to recreate the Caledonian Forest. Douglas has also offered his valued experience to the Woodland Trust Scotland (WTS) Advisory Group, to help shape WTS’s impact on Scotland’s woodland and its benefits to people.

Douglas has been supported in his volunteering by Clydesdale Bank’s focus on growing its community activities. He has got involved in many of the Bank's projects, taking part in activities as diverse as litter picking, painting schools, packaging Christmas presents for the elderly and creating a sensory garden for a nursery school.

Along with developing his own confidence and skills, for example in establishing and then running the North Kelvin Meadow charity, children in deprived areas now have decent play areas. His work has inspired others to create child-focused charities and groups to improve communities.

His personal drive to inspire others to take care of the environment is an inspiration to volunteers, as well as his colleagues and employers.