THREE children's projects in the Borders are set to benefit from a windfall by a national charity.

The TD1 Youth Hub in Galashiels, Cheviot Youth in Kelso and Tweeddale Youth Action in Peebles have each received £2,000 from the STV Children's Appeal to support their work to improve the lives of children and young people.

Galashiels youth work organisation TD1 Youth Hub supports young people from challenging backgrounds by providing a range of projects - including sport, music and street work - to help young people improve their confidence, broaden horizons, express their voices and work with others.

The grant from STV Children's Appeal will support the organisation's drop-in services, ensuring that these continue to be entirely free for all young people to access.

Douglas Ormston, manager of TD1 Youth Hub said: "A heartfelt thanks to the STV Children's Appeal for the grant. This is invaluable to making sure we can support young people through the provision of evening activities and provide them with the support that many need to ensure their lives are positive and access to the guidance and opportunities to make the most of the chances available to them in life."

Kelso-based Cheviot Youth supports young people through training, mentoring and supported employment, enabling them to make their voice heard in the community and helping to develop skills, gain experience, access opportunities and provide challenges that test and inspire.

Cheviot Youth’s chair, David Harvey said: “This much-needed financial support means that we will be able to continue providing first-class services for children and young people throughout the Cheviot area. It is through the generosity of the STV Children’s Appeal that we are able to continue with our work in 2018.”

Youth organisation Tweeddale Youth Action in Peebles provides a safe space for young people, offering an alternative to street corners.

The organisation supports young people on their journey from childhood to adulthood, helping them access advice and develop skills, confidence, a sense of belonging and responsibility within the community.

David Hodson, locality manager at Tweeddale Youth Action said: “We're absolutely delighted with the grant awarded to us from STV Children's Appeal, which will go towards renovating our ‘Craic Den’ conversation space. This dedicated space will increase our ability to hold topic based conversations and targeted workshops with our young people and will complement our existing work around drugs and alcohol, sexual health, social isolation and bullying.”