A four-year Citizens Advice Bureau project providing guidance to 16-25-year-olds in Roxburghshire and Berwickshire 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, entitled The Domino Effect, covering these issues which will be available in the Borders nine secondary 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.
She said: “Youthinfo@cab has had more than 1,200 contacts with young people raising over 4,000 issues and has enabled them to gain access to over £213,000.
“Thirty-eight young people have been involved with CAB volunteering during the project in varied roles, such as IT, media production, publicity, and have been 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 for youth advice in Berwickshire for two years.
Funding was extended for a further 30 months. Additional backing from Bank of Scotland Small Grants Foundation allowed the project to expand into Roxburghshire.
Rhona went on: “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 is funding a scaled-down version of the project until March next year which will allow a dedicated young persons’ adviser to be available within Roxburgh and Berwickshire CAB’s offices in Hawick, Kelso, Duns and Eyemouth .
The adviser can be contacted on 07508331513 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhona commented: “The adviser will also be available to support the use of The Domino Effect within the nine secondary schools throughout the Borders.
“It is hoped by working in partnership with our colleagues from Central Borders and Peebles CABs to source funding to allow youthinfo@cab to expand in April 2015.”