AN SOS has been issued in a bid to keep a village youth club open.

Walkerburn Youth Club needs adults who have an interest or experience in working with young people to get in touch.

The club meets at the Public Hall every Thursday evening from 6.30 to 8pm - providing an opportunity for village's next generation to get together, socialise and play games.

Members also take part in a range of more structured activities such as the learning programme supported by local social enterprise, You Can Cook which gave them the chance to find out more about cooking and how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals together.

Children's councillor Carol Hamilton said: “Youth groups play a vital role in communities right across the country, providing a safe environment for young people to spend time together outwith their home and school where they can develop friendships, learn new skills and take part in different activities.

“In rural communities like Walkerburn, having a club for young people to attend on a regular basis is particularly important and I would encourage anyone with the relevant interests and skills to get in touch with the team and play their part in supporting the group.

"It is certainly one that those who attend gain a great deal of benefit and enjoyment from, and I have no doubt that anyone looking to join them will find the experience equally worthwhile.”

Volunteers are provided with training, support and all reasonable out of pocket expenses for travel.

The cost of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check, which is mandatory for adults working with children and young people, will also be covered.

To find out more, contact Scottish Borders Council's community learning and development team based at Peebles High School on 01721 720191.