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Welcome to the Summer Edition of YouthBorders News

Welcome to YouthBorders News
YouthBorders News is a regular opportunity for us to update our members, stakeholders, partners and supporters with our own YouthBorders news. You can access previous editions of our news on our website. Please share our news with your team and invite others to subscribe to receive future editions directly to their inbox.
Borders Get Into Summer
Working with Scottish Borders Council, YouthBorders has administered a micro and small grants scheme for play equipment and summer experiences and activities delivered by voluntary and community group across the Scottish Borders. This funding was one part of the Scottish Borders delivery of the national “Get into Summer” campaign. The priority for this funding was to help children and young people most likely to be experiencing continued disadvantage and who will therefore have been particularly adversely affected by Covid-19.

Thirty-one organisations have been awarded funding following a competitive grant application process for a share of the £30,000 fund. The fund was heavily over-subscribed with funding requests totalling £110,000. Funding amounts ranged from micro-grant award of £120 to a small-grant award of £2500. Many of the funded organisations received partial funding awards. The average grant award was £966.

In addition to the grants scheme, we formed a new collaborative of five YouthBorders member groups who worked with us to devise a youth work programme in rural communities which were not served by the Live Borders activity camps; and/or to provide targeted provision to young people living in areas of multiple deprivation. This collaborative involved Stable Life, Rock UK, Transform Arts, Nature Unlimited, and Branching Upwards.

We are now working with all the funded groups to collate their evaluation and monitoring data, case-studies and feedback from children, young people and their families. So please keep an eye on our social media and website for the publication of our YouthBorders Get Into Summer Impact Report.
YouthBorders AGM and Trustee Recruitment
Our AGM is fast approaching. The Board of YouthBorders extend an invitation to our members, supporters and stakeholders to attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd September at 5pm. Once again, due to Covid-19, our AGM will take place safely on Zoom. 
  • Meeting ID: 879 3436 1529
  • Passcode: 32830
Please join us as we share our achievements, successes, and challenges from 2020/21; provide an update on progress throughout Year 2 of our current Strategic Plan; outline our plans for the future; and are joined by YouthLink Scotland Depute CEO, Gillian Lithgow, who will reflect on the last year for the third youth work sector within the context of Covid-19 response and recovery. Our AGM is also a fantastic opportunity for us to say a sincere thank you to all our members, partners and funders who make our work and impact possible.

Our Board has vacancies for both Member Trustees and Co-Opted Trustees, if you have time, passion and an interest in supporting our work then please get in touch so we can discuss these volunteering opportunities with you.

We hope you will join us on the 23rd September. Please let us know if you can come along by sending us an email.
In Brief:
  • Stepping Stones - this week we enter year four of our partnership project, Stepping Stones. With continued funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, YouthBorders and our seven youth work partners will continue to support young people who want to improve their emotional health and wellbeing and life chances through community-based youth work. To mark the occasion, we have launched a new Facebook page for the project.
  • New Members - this summer our membership has continued to grow as we welcome new organisations to the YouthBorders and Youth Scotland network. We have been joined by KICC  and At Birkhill House. We are excited to have both groups as members and supporting them to grow, develop and connect.
  • coming soon – In the coming weeks please keep a watchful eye on our social media and website as we will be publishing our research A Force for Good this month and are currently working with SOSE to finalise a communication plan to ensure that this research and its important findings reach a broad audience.
  • New Organisational Policies - we have been reviewing our organisational policies, and members and service users will be able to read our updated Privacy Policy; refreshed Equalities and Inclusion Policy; and our new Complaints Policy. These policies will all be available on our website very soon.
And Finally...

A Fond Farewell to Langlee
Earlier this summer we officially ‘left the building’ and moved out of our office at the Langlee Centre in Galashiels. YouthBorders have been fortunate to have had the generous support from Scottish Borders Council CLD Service who have provided us with an office ‘in-kind’ for more than 20 years - to YouthBorders and our predecessor Borders Voluntary Youth Work Forum. We have been very lucky to have worked alongside many wonderful partners, colleagues and friends over the years and made many happy work memories. However, this has come to an end because of an estates review by the local authority. Our YouthBorders team continue to embrace home working, which arrived with the public health measures of Covid-19, and our virtual office arrangements will be in place for the foreseeable future. We would like to extend our thanks to our partners who have assisted us in our move to a virtual office.
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