The Teen Challenge centre based at Whitchester House near Duns, has received a £1000 Vodafone Community Connection Award.
They were put forward for the award by staff in the Vodafone store in Berwick-upon-Tweed as a deserving cause. Now thanks to the £1,000 award, the charity can continue to support local teens and young adults battling serious addictions.
Teen Challenge acquired Whitchester House, near Duns in 2002, the first of two Teen Challenge residential rehabilitation centres in Scotland. Formerly a Bible School, the building meets the needs of residents to prepare them for their eventual re-integration into society.
The charity was set up in 1958 by pastor David Wilkerson to help young people struggling with alcohol and substance abuse, and they now have six residential centres in the UK, and hundreds more around the world.
David Hindmoor, senior support worker at Whitchester House, entered Teen Challenge for the award and said: “We’re so happy to receive Vodafone’s Community Connection Award, we know this donation will help continue to rebuild damaged lives effected by life controlling issues.”
Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014, and have made a difference to more than 40 local communities across the UK.
Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been used to help support everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities to take part in sporting activities.
Kathryn Usher, Vodafone store manager in Berwick-upon-Tweed said: “We are delighted to be able to help Teen Challenge with a £1,000 donation - they do amazing work in helping to re build the lives of those suffering from addiction.
“We have met many of those who have been through the Teen Challenge programme at Whitchester House Centre - hearing of the great work they do and the positive effect this has had on their lives. It’s a pleasure and an absolute privilege to be able to support the hard work they do.”
One former herion addict who went to Whitchester House near Duns in 2010 said: “I completed the Teen Challenge programme then I went on to do six months in the school of ministry which led to doing an internship at Teen Challenge Duns and I achieved an SVQ 3 in Health and Social Care while I was at Duns.
“I used to think Teen Challenge was just your usual rehab that you got clean and that was it, but I soon realised they were more than that. They are a place with great opportunities that can set you up for the rest of your life.”
Explaining the ethose behind the awards a Vodafone spokesperson said: “We believe that a sense of community is really important. Getting people involved in local activities and clubs is no easy task, but when it happens, it can really help make difference for the people who live nearby.
“The money goes to groups, clubs and organisations that have a real, positive impact in their area.”