Peter Marcus is a freelance writer, charity trustee and serial volunteer.
Peter has a long history of volunteering including with the Scout Association (volunteer leader, media, trustee), the Wymering Manor Trust (communications) and the Portsmouth Youth Parliament/Portsmouth Youth Voice (member, secretary).
In the past Peter has been recognised with a Life Changing Volunteer of the Year Award and was chosen by Cosham Lions Club to be their candidate for the Lion’s Young Ambassador Competition, a competition which rewards young people active in their community, twice.
In 2015 Peter was asked by the British Youth Council and the Mark Allen Group (publishers of Children and Young People Now, a fortnightly magazine aimed at professionals working with children, young people and families which focuses on childcare and early years, education, health, social care, youth justice, and youth work) to be a judge for the annual CYPNow Awards.
Peter has also spent many years within the local theatre community, first with Groundlings Theatre Company (student, volunteered with the renovation of the company’s Curzon Howe Road theatre) then with VictoryLand Theatre School and now with Phoenix Players (technical). Peter also ran a blog, New Review, for three and a half years which feature reviews of local culture (primarily theatre).
Peter has long supported the work of charities such as Beat (the UK’s largest eating disorder charity) and Time to Change (a mental health charity) for whom he fundraises. Due to personal experience Peter spent 2016 and 2017 fundraising for Beat.
Every year Peter selects a charity to support over the year. His charity of the year for 2018 is arts charity Acting for Others.
Education establishments include Mayville High School, Southsea, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh, and Highbury College, Portsmouth.