£240,000 two year grant for Borders youth projects

seven youth projects across the Borders have been allocated funding of £240,000 over the next two years, helping to ensure the survival of the region’s youth services at least in the short term.

The Robertson Trust have been impressed by recent work being done by local youth groups and the regionwide organisation YouthBorders whose Futures Project has given funders the confidence that youth projects in the Borders can build a sustainable future.

Here in Berwickshire talks to merge Duns Youth Club and Coldstream Youth Project, to provide a Berwickshire wide youth service, are well advanced and it is the willingness of individual organisations like these to look at new ways of providing services that has convinced organsiations such as the Robertson Trust to invest in their future.

“At a time when many voluntary groups are struggling and funding for youth work is decreasing nationally, this is incredibly exciting news,” said Susan Lockett, YouthBorders Acting Chair.

“The money matches the Scottish Borders Council commitment of £106,000 for the year ahead to voluntary sector youth work through the Children’s and Young Peoples Planning Partnership.

“The Futures project has also led to recent grants of £100,000 (over three years) being allocated by The Rank Foundation, to Youth Borders to support the project and £45,812 (also over three years) from Scottish Borders LEADER Funding, for training. The Rank Foundation and Children in Need have allocated thousands to member groups as a result of a more confident future.

“The success of the project has been determined by many factors, but not least because of voluntary effort, in particular, the support of many trustees, staff and volunteers of existing groups, people who gave their time regularly to plan a new way forward. Another factor has been the strong support from SBC staff.”