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Steve Fletcher

What has been your involvement with Cheviot Youth Projects?

We opened our business – Café Seasons in Kelso – on a Friday night for a couple of months as a place where young people could come and hang out and play their music. We’ve stopped it now as the interest seems to have dropped off. We always want to support any youth project as we have children ourselves, so we sell tickets for events, and are a point or place of contact if needed.

Why is a youth project important in your area?

Having something for the young people to do, it gives them opportunities and experiences that are different. It’s then up to the young people whether or not they want to take part – you need to have an option of things to choose from.

What are your hopes for the project in the future?

More opportunities so more young people can be attracted to the activities and that it is supported by the community because it does a lot of good.

MICHELLE BATEY, Mother of three

What has been your involvement with Cheviot Youth Projects?

I help with various activities, workshops, days out and trips to the cinema and theatre.

Why is a youth project important in your area?

I feel it is important for our children to take part in a great range of activities and all local; learning new skills and mixing with other children of similar interests and ages.

What are your hopes for the projects in the future?

I hope the activities will continue to offer all local young people a chance to gain new skills and opportunities to be happy and make new friends in such a safe and secure environment.