This year’s Hawick Summer Programme has been hailed as a huge success with more people than ever engaging with the wide range of activities on offer over the six week period.

After starting the day with a healthy breakfast, they were then able to get involved in making their own tie-dyed t-shirts, getting creative with some junk modelling or taking part in scavenger hunts. The picnics held on Friday afternoons proved particularly popular, with families making up their own tasty food to enjoy before getting competitive in a game of rounders or dodgeball.

Live Borders tutors encouraged young people to stay active by offering a variety of different sports, while a community outing to the Three Brethren outside Selkirk was attended by 13 keen walkers. For many this had been their first time to the summit and they were very proud of their achievement.

Everyone involved in co-ordinating the programme was delighted with the results. Feedback from participants was also positive, with one saying how much they had enjoyed being with other adults over the summer break as well as having had a great deal of fun with the young people. Another wanted to thank all the organisers and volunteers, as well as everyone who came along to take part, for the good company, fun and games.

The event was organised in partnership by the Council’s Community Learning and Development (CLD) team, NHS Borders Joint Health Improvement Team, Burnfoot Community School and Early Years Centre, Burnfoot Community Futures, Live Borders, Escape Youth Cafe, Police Scotland and Play Borders. It was part of the Healthy Hawick initiative which aims to promote physical activity as well as healthy eating, with partners keen to take a joined-up approach with the shared vision of working together to encourage families and young people to take part.

Allyson McCollam, Associate Director of Public Health, said: “I am delighted to hear that this year’s programme was such a success, and that everyone who took part found it both enjoyable and worthwhile. I hope that families involved can feel the benefits and that the community networks continue to develop.”

To find out more about the CLD service provided in Teviot and Liddesdale, phone the team on 01450 375147. They can also be found on Facebook.