A youth group tackling gang culture and helping to get people into work was honoured at a night celebrating community heroes.

Aberlour Youthpoint Glasgow was one of several clubs and individuals recognised for their work in the west and centre of the city.

The team, which is helping hundreds of people aged from seven to 21 through street work and support, was handed the Young Award for outstanding contribution.

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Youth worker Johnny Hendry, 58, was beaming as he collected the accolade on stage with colleagues and young people at the ceremony held last night in Drumchapel Community Centre.

The organisation began work in Whiteinch in October last year, with workshops taking on drug and alcohol abuse, sectarianism, gang violence and sexual health.

Mr Hendry said: "It's taken me six years to gain the trust of the young people and we are doing a lot of good work in the city.

"There's still a gang culture in Glasgow. We come across a lot of territorial issues.

"Unemployment is a major issue and it's only getting worse. We're taking action on these issues, and we need to keep doing more for our young people."

More than a hundred ­local people attending the event and cheered on the champions making a difference in communities across Glasgow.

Evening Times editor Tony Carlin, who hosted the evening, praised all the finalists.

He said: "The greatest opportunity for transforming this city lies with people like those we honour and thank tonight."

The first group to be recognised was 3D Drumchapel, a vital support network for vulnerable children and families, which was given the Team Award.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, who presented their award, said they made a "positive difference to so many families in the area".

The next category was the Individual Award, which, for the first time in Community Champions' history, had three winners.

Eric Kay, organiser of the Gibson Street Gala which attracts thousands of visitors, Fozya Mahmood, a volunteer mentor with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and Linda Ann McConnell, the founder of the award-winning charity the Symphony of Dreams, were all honoured.

Ms McConnell helps grant musical dreams to disabled or disadvantaged people and those with life shortening conditions, while Ms Mahmood has been helping young people with hearing difficulties to go on to further education.

Mr Kay, 63, who lives in Kelvinbridge, has created a strong and organised community in Hillhead.

He said: "It came as quite a surprise when I found out I was even nominated so to make it here is just unbelievable."

The Public Services Award went to Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid, which was founded in 1981 as the first Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic Women's Aid group in Scotland.

It supports women and families dealing with domestic abuse - and dozens of workers and supporters of the team gathered on stage for the emotional prize giving.

Brij Gandi, a Women's Aid director, said: "More people in the community will know where we are and to get in touch with us now so it is really great to get something like this."

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) Chairman Gordon Sloan gave presented the Uniformed Services Award to Police Constable Suzanne Oxnard.

The 29-year-old, who has worked in Partick and Drumchapel Police Offices, is a partnership liaison ­officer working in the west of the city.

She also works with local charities and community groups, including Good Morning Glasgow and the Symphony of Dreams.

Ms Oxnard said: "The first thing I said when I found out about being nominated was: 'I don't deserve this as I'm just doing my job.'"

Next up to be honoured was Macmillan @Glasgow Libraries, which offers drop in ­cancer information and support sessions.

Programme manager Janice Malone said: "We've had more than 2000 attendances since we started in January 2012. We are absolutely delighted and it's nice for all our volunteers to be recognised. Loads of them are here tonight."

Local councillor Jonathan Findlay, who was representing the Glasgow Community Planning ­Partnership (GCPP), presented the Senior Award.

It was given to Greta Riddell, 78, who started campaigning for safety measures in 1969 after seven children were knocked down in Great Western Road.

The grandmother-of-four, who also has one great-grandchild was stunned by her win.

The pensioner from Blairdardie said: "I feel very humbled and I know so many of the other people here tonight are deserving of these awards."

Daughter Margaret ­Gibson, 51, was there to support her mum with son Duncan, 17, as well several other members of the family,

Mrs Gibson said: "We couldn't be happier. Mum is always so busy and she'll go out of her way to help anyone."

Joint winners of the Sports Award went to Drumchapel Table Tennis Club and social worker ­David Smith, who formed Drumchapel United football team in 2009 to put something back into his community.

Only two members of the table tennis club were able to attend as the others were travelling back from a competition in Belgium.

Stephanie McCallum, 22, from Drumchapel, said: "We're really excited to get this award and we're looking forward to telling the rest of our club."

The occasion was brought to a close with a performance by teenage acoustic singer Ciaran Murray, from Drumchapel.

The event is run in ­partnership with the City Council, GCPP, GHA, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

Video supplied by Frederik Subei