Charity launches new work programme for the region’s unemployed young people

MORE than 50 young unemployed Borderers are set to be helped by a new programme launched by a national charity.

Tomorrow’s People, which helps young people to find work, has decided to invest in the area by establishing its Galashiels Works! programme.

The charity was introduced to the Borders by former Scottish rugby captain Peter Brown and local businessman Allan Doyle, who have both been active in supporting the charity’s work throughout Scotland.

The new Galashiels Works! programme, which will create three new full-time jobs in the town, is part-funded by international bank HSBC and will run for three years.

It will work with more than 50 unemployed young people a year who struggle in a void after school when they are in danger of slipping off the rails into long-term joblessness.

Tomorrow’s People will also be looking for partnership working with Scottish Borders Council, businesses and others in the community, for funding support to match the HSBC donation and for work experience, mentoring and job opportunities.

Allan Doyle said: “Peter Brown and I have been working with Tomorrow’s People for a number of years now and have seen at first hand the very real difference their support makes to young people who need help accessing the world of work.

“We have been amazed by the support we have had from local businesses, educationalists and councillors in recent months and very much hope that the whole community will come together to support this great new initiative for our young people.”

For more information go to the Galashiels Works! Facebook page.