Cheviot Youth & Kelso Youth Project
Cheviot Locality Youth Work Services known as Cheviot Youth is consituted to advance education by the promotion and provision of a strong sustainable youth work service in the Cheviot area of the Scottish Borders. In pursuit of this aim Cheviot Youth will do all that is necessary to help young people develop skills and thrive in a safe, comfortable, accessible environment. In doing so it will ensure the active participation of children and young people in all decision making that affects them and thereby will encourage young people to be onvolved in the design, development, delivery, quality and the evaluation of youth services.
This will be achieved through the running of youth groups and clubs which will offer a variety of activities, addressing a range of issues decided by young people with the support of qualified youth workers and volunteers. Activities have ranged from first aid to motorbike maintenance from animation and film work to craft classes, science classes, dance, puppet making, fashion and design, pottery, jewellery making, music and drama workshops and a number of oudoor activities such as archery, badminton and orienteering.
Presently there are three groups in the locality with a combined membership of 160 young people aged 9 - 18 years. These groups are based in Ancrum, Jedburgh and Yetholm and are all run by volunteers. The Kelso Youth Project is the first voluntary youth work service in the town and will be run by a combination of paid staff, sessional workers and volunteers. It is expected that the centre for a sizeable amount of the youth work planned will be the building presently known as the Ace Centre which Cheviot Youth are in the process of concluding lease negotiations with the probablity of an early spring completion.
In Jedburgh, Cheviot Youth will be holding, with the permision and assistance of Jedburgh Grammar a Youth Summit to plan a voluntary youth work service that puts the voice of young people at the centre of that service and its delivery.
These are exciting times for Cheviot Youth and of great opportunities for the young people of Kelso, Jedburgh and the surrounding communities. It is hoped that with the support of all the community we will be able to deliver a number of youth work services and initiatives that will ensure that our young people are healthy and confident while fulfilling their full potential as active, considerate and responsible members of their community.