The positives of living and working in a rural area will be spelled out to youngsters in a series of workshops, visits and get togethers at Duns.
Connect Berwickshire Youth Project has joined forces with the Farming 4 All project to make the best possible use of the Scotland’s Big Lottery funding that they have both received: Connect for its Healthy Connections project and Farming 4 All to give youngsters a flavour of the career options available to them in the Borders.
“As the projects are so similar it made sense to work together offering one youth group, rather than two” said Helen Henderson, project co-ordinator of ‘Farming 4 All’.
The aim of both projects is the same: to increase young people’s confidence and employability through developing skills and self-awareness.
“The young people can come along to the sessions that they are interested in whether it be the farm visits, or the cookery classes.
“The initial launch is a drop in session from 4-6pm at Duns Youth Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along and see what is involved.
This first meeting is on this Thursday, January 30 at Duns Youth Centre.
‘Farming 4 All’ is aimed at predominantly 14 to 18 year olds in the Scottish Borders. It aims to introduce the young people to all aspects of farming and other outdoor related industries and giving them an outline of the viable career option available in the area.
Healthy connections is a Berwickshire Youth Project scheme aiming to help young people understand the world around them, supporting them through confidence- building activities, developing an awareness of the importance of physical and mental health and decision making.
The new joint youth group will be very proactive, encouraging the young people to find out more about the benefits of living in a rural area, rather than see it as a negative. The group will initially meet once a fortnight, the youngsters taking part in workshops, discussion groups, being given advice on careers and assisted in finding work experience placements.
Over the next year a variety of people will speak to the youngsters, highlighting the more unusual jobs and there will be visits to farms and local employers.