BORDERS MP John Lamont has hailed Hawick-based Escape Youth Services after attending one of their weekly Tuesday sessions and joining in a game of rounders.

Mr Lamont praised their “incredible work” and said he was particularly impressed that each session costs only 50p.

Escape is a drop-in facility for young people in Hawick and the surrounding area that provides a safe and fun environment for young people to meet, creating opportunities and supporting development.

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They offer a wide variety of activities including creative media, games, sports, music, arts, baking and cooking, interest groups, issue-based sessions, excursions and residentials. The project has been running successfully for 15 years.

Border Telegraph: MP John Lamont visits Hawick-based Escape Youth Services

Escape provides drop-in sessions to give young people a safe place to engage in activities that help build life-skills through baking, team leading, creative tasks and learning new skills.

They also provide holiday programmes in April, over the summer and October.

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Mr Lamont said: “I had a fantastic time playing rounders and learning all about the incredible work that Escape Youth Services do. I don't know who had more fun, me or the youngsters!

“I was very impressed by their services. The roughly 60 young people who attended all seemed to be having a great time socialising, having fun, and learning too.

“I would encourage anyone with a young family to get involved as it is very affordable at just 50p per session.”