Borders MSP John Lamont welcomed local youth workers and youngsters to his constituency office to hear about the benefits of youth work following National Youth Work Week.
At the meeting, arranged by national youth work agency, Youthlink Scotland, John heard first hand from one of his younger constituents, the difference youth work has made to their life path.
Statistics from Youthlink Scotland suggest as many as half of young people in the Scottish Borders are involved in youth work.
John Lamont MSP said: “I was delighted to meet with local youth workers and youngsters who have benefited from youth work at my constituency office in Hawick. Youthlink Scotland carries out some really important work in the Borders ensuring that young people get the best chance in life.
“Youth work can be really significant in helping to improve social skills and boosting the self-confidence of young people. The positive impact on improving education and skills means young Borderers are more ready for adulthood and the world of work.
“It was clear from the youngsters I spoke to how much they valued the support they received and the difference it made to their lives.”