A CASH-strapped youth club is holding a charity art auction and open day to help boost its coffers.

Tweeddale Youth Action (TYA) will host the event at its youth club on School Brae in Peebles on Saturday, July 22, from 10am to 2pm.

The event was organised after funding cuts and a drop in annual grants.

Now the group, which has clubs in Innerleithen and Peebles, is trying to raise cash through its own fundraising initiatives and is urging the local community to show its support.

TYA manager David Hodson said: “This is a great opportunity to learn more about the youth club, the services we offer, the difference we make to young people’s lives and the positive impact this has on the wider community.

“Young people often come to TYA when they don’t know who else to turn to and in many cases we have been pivotal in helping young people make sensible, smart decisions.

“To continue delivering this work and keep making a difference it’s vital that we retain our dedicated team of youth work staff and volunteers as well as the Peebles and Innerleithen Youth Clubs.”

Also at the fundraiser, the Food Punks catering team will be showcasing its cookery skills with home baking, teas and coffees.

Tweeddale Youth Action trustee Moira Stark said: “We have a wide range of art being auctioned and sold which will suit all budgets, including fascinating items from Africa as well as one-off sculptures created by local sculptor Aegir Maciver and the Bike Punk team.” 

Prints and photographs by Moira Stark herself will also be available.
Tweeddale Youth Action’s clubs offer activities and opportunities for local young people to socialise, have fun, learn new skills and become responsible members of the community. 

Over the past 18 years, the group has helped hundreds of young people, reducing anti-social and risk taking behaviour as well as offering advice on sexual and mental health, drug and alcohol support, bullying, self-harm and homelessness.

Visit: www.tweeddaleyouth.co.uk, call 01721 724779 or email info@tweeddaleyouth.co.uk