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Gilly Fraser | 7th September 2023
 

Innov8-ive ideas to tackle isolation in kids

 
 
 

Gilly Fraser reports on Newcastleton initiative to instil pride and self worth

It may not have been the best summer ever weatherwise but for young people in Newcastleton it’s held some fantastic and memorable days, thanks to something called Innov8. 

They’ve been abseiling off an old railway viaduct, canoeing, rollerskating, painting birdboxes and much more. Perhaps even more importantly the scheme has given them a whole new feeling of pride in their community. 

Innov8 was created thanks to Vicky Hawes at the village’s Enterprise and Learning Outreach Centre based at Buccleuch House, and Youth Worker Michelle Briggs. They recognised that local youngsters were at risk of becoming isolated because of lack of opportunities. So they decided to do something about it. 

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