Criminal cash boost for Borders groups

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AROUND £27,000 of criminals’ cash has been handed over to three Borders organisations, writes Kenny Paterson.

The region was the fifth biggest benefactor in Scotland from CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund’s latest allocation of over £500,000 this week.

Coldstream Community Trust, which runs a youth project in the Berwickshire town, received the largest sum of £13,000.

Among the services it provides are a young mum’s group, after school club and youth club.

Elsewhere, Hawick-based Burnfoot Youth Club have been handed £7,783 to continue its work on one of the area’s most deprived estates.

And Selkirk’s Impact group, which works with the town’s high school to provide support for young people on the fringes of society, gained nearly £6,000.

Director Mike McLeister said: “It effectively means we can work more closely with the high school.

“The money will fund a youth worker to continue to help kids who maybe are not confident or don’t fit into the usual format.”

The Scottish Government’s justice secretary Kenny MacAskill commented: “CashBack is making a real difference in the lives of young people across the country.”