A four year Citizens Advice Bureau project providing advice to 16-25 year olds in Berwickshire and Roxburghshire is being wound down, but a lasting legacy will remain.
Youngsters have been given advice on benefits, debt, housing and relationships and now a group of volunteers have produced a DVD ‘The Domino Effect’ covering these issues which will be available in the region’s nine high schools. A film premiere of the DVD took place in Hawick last week.
As the project now enters a much scaled down phase Berwickshire CAB manager Rhona Calder reflected on the past four and a half years.
“Youthinfo@cab as had over 1200 contacts with young people raising over 4000 issues and has enabled them to gain access to over £213,000.00.
“38 young people have been involved with CAB volunteering during the project in varied roles such as IT, media production, publicity, being involved in the Project Steering Group – all their volunteering hours have been registered with the nationally recognised Saltire Awards.
“The achievements of the project have been recognised by the Scottish Borders Inspire Awards and MSP Jim Hume in the Scottish Parliament.
“The project was initially funded by SBC Fairer Scotland Fund to fund youth advice in Berwickshire for two years, funding was extended for a further two and a half years. Additional funding from Bank of Scotland Small Grants Foundation allowed the project to expand into Roxburghshire.
“The project was delivered by two dedicated youth advisers and by the hard work and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers within Roxburgh and Berwickshire CAB; the project allowed young people to make decisions on how the project was delivered ensuring youthinfo@cab was delivered by young people for young people.
“Citizens Advice Scotland has funded a scaled down version of the project until March 2015 which will allow a dedicated young persons’ adviser to be available within Roxburgh and Berwickshire CAB’s four offices in Hawick, Kelso, Duns and Eyemouth who can be contacted on 07508331513 and by email email@example.com
“The adviser will also be available to support the use of ‘The Domino Effect’ within the nine high schools throughout the Scottish Borders, and it is hoped by working in partnership with our colleagues from Central Borders and Peebles CAB to source funding to allow youthinfo@cab to expand in April 2015.”