The Scottish Borders is leading the way once again as the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Improving Lives Fund recognising the importance and need for youth work within the Scottish Borders. This unique partnership brings together eight young person charities to form The Youth Work Partnership in the Scottish Borders with their Stepping Stones Project.
Representing the youth work partnership across the Scottish Borders, Cheviot Youth, Connect Youth Project, Earlston Youth Catchment, Escape Youth Services, Rowland’s Selkirk, TD1 Youth Hub, Tweeddale Youth Action and YouthBorders, bring decades of practical hands-on exper
ience in supporting our young people.
It is the belief of The Youth Work Partnership, that it is only by working together, not in isolation, that effective solutions will be found to enable our young people to become more resilient and take control of their lives. The National Lottery agreed, investing £422,391.00 into the eight organisations over the next three years to deliver the Stepping Stones project.
Colin Easton, Chairperson of YouthBorders says; “This is a very exciting time for the youth work sector in the Scottish Borders. I am delighted that we have been able to establish this partnership of youth organisations across the region, standing to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities.
“Working together with a coordinated approach and outcomes, this partnership hopes to significantly improve our young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, leading to greater resilience, increased confidence and higher levels of self-esteem to cope with life’s challenges. It is through the work of The Youth Work Partnership, our young people will become better equipped to deal with the complex challenges which impact their lives.
“The forthcoming work of The Youth Work Partnership would not have been possible without the support of the National Lottery and its award from the Big Lottery Improving Lives Fund. I would like to take this opportunity to give them our thanks for believing in our positive vision for the Scottish Borders.”
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, added to the news: “I am delighted that YouthBorders has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish YouthBorders and The Youth Work Partnership every success as it goes on to develop and expand its Stepping Stones project for the benefit of the Scottish Borders and its local communities.”
The Youth Work Partnership is now recruiting project workers to help deliver this exciting and innovative new project, you can find out more – ww.youthborders.org.uk.