The Rotary Club of Galashiels and District is looking at ways to support the Eildon Youth Hub by setting up a Rotary Peace Project for Hub members.
Four Rotarians are on the Hub management board. Peace projects have been run in many schools, but this will be the first in Scotland to be in a youth centre.
As family units have changed over the years, it can be more difficult for young people to develop emotionally and socially. This can lead to involvement in gangs and violent behaviour. Modern technology has caused its own problems with internet and text bullying.
A peace project encourages young people taking part to gain confidence and be active citizens, transforming themselves, their local communities and the world. They will learn to choose non-violent solutions to their problems through activities such as civil discourse and active listening.
Some Rotarians are attending a taster session at one of the schools in Edinburgh which has a successful project and will then discuss the way forward with Jean Best, district peace officer, who spoke to the club recently.