Cash windfall for youth projects

EIGHT youth-led projects have been awarded funding totalling over £9,000 by local grant-giving panel Youth Chex, which is part of Scottish Borders Youth Voice.

Some of those successful include Peebles High School’s open water training project, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Youth Info @ CAB, and Hawick Pipe Band for Project Bagpipe.

The council’s children’s champion, Councillor Graham Garvie, said: “The council has remained committed to supporting the development of youth-led activities and the continuing success of Youth Chex has seen yet more young people and youth projects benefit from this grant funding process.

“Many congratulations to all of this year’s successful projects. It is always encouraging to see such a wide range of worthwhile and enterprising ideas being proposed and we wish them every success as they put their plans into action.”

In addition, the council and NHS Borders have launched the Youth Chex Xtra Health and Wellbeing Fund.

It is a new initiative which will provide funding for youth projects and activities for that encourage healthier eating and improved fitness, physical activity and body confidence.

NHS Borders has made £3,000 available for the fund, with applications for grants of up to £500 now being sought.