Housing chiefs save Saturday night at the movies for children

Rowlands movie-goers Asia McKenzie, Bethany Laidlaw, Kaya Murray, Caleb Gibb, Logan Fairbairn and Andy Brown, with SBHA's employability officer Lita McHale (right).
Rowlands movie-goers Asia McKenzie, Bethany Laidlaw, Kaya Murray, Caleb Gibb, Logan Fairbairn and Andy Brown, with SBHA's employability officer Lita McHale (right).

Scottish Borders Housing Association came to the rescue after a group of youngsters found themselves short of a vital piece of equipment for their weekly film nights.

Rowlands Youth Club, in West Port, Selkirk, runs a popular movie night on a Saturday.

However, it looked as though the curtain might be about to fall when their projector stopped working.

The housing association’s employability officer, Lita McHale, arranged support from the association to keep the movie nights going.

As part of the housing company’s strategy to support young people, Lita works with its tenants to find training and employment, developing links with agencies which support young people throughout the Borders.

She said: “Although the Saturday movie club appears at face value to be a social occasion, being able to have somewhere safe and secure to go on a Saturday, where they can meet friends is a vital aspect of a young person’s development.”

Susan Law, project manager at Rowlands, said: “The support from the Scottish Borders Housing Association in enabling us to purchase the projector has made a massive difference to the young people at Rowlands, where we can have up to 30 young people coming along.”

Association chief executive Julia Mulloy said: “We value the work of the Rowlands Team, supporting young people living in Selkirk, many of whom will live in our homes.

“We welcomed the opportunity to offer provide practical support to Rowlands.”