LAST week staff from Berwickshire Housing Association, along with colleagues from Scottish Borders Housing Association, journeyed to Shetland to discuss a new project developed by Hjatland Housing Association to house and support young people leaving the care system.
The Borders representatives were also joined by members of Waverley Housing for the trip which allowed them to find out more about the scheme which provides a whole range of services and long term support to allow young people to grow and to move on positively in their lives.
The project, which was funded by the BIG Lottery and others, involves a whole range of organisations in Shetland who came together and worked on the bid. Both local authority departments and the local voluntary organisations have come together to make this work and were happy to share that learning with colleagues from the Borders. While they were there, the associations also found out about other areas of each others’ work and shared ideas and good practice.
“There is nothing better than finding out about the ideas and work of organisations that share your values, and face your challenges and have come up with different and sometimes better ways of tackling them,” enthused Helen Forsyth of Chief Executive of BHA.