As a Charity we rely 100% on donations and funding to enable us to do the work we do. You can help by donating HERE

Cheviot Youth’s work is only possible because of the generosity of so many funders, from trusts to Scottish Borders Council to individuals to the Scottish Government. We list below the funders that this year have funded our vital work with children and young people.

Ancrum Community Council

Awards for All (National Lottery)

Bauer Media

Big Lottery

The Bridge

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Foundation Scotland

Greggs Foundation

Impacting Funders

Investing in Communities Fund (central government)

Kelso Quakers

Lidl Neighbourly

Mainhouse Charitable Trust

The Mushroom Trust

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Scottish Borders Council


Wellbeing Fund

Youth Scotland

And to all of the many individual donors who have given so generously through our GoFundMe page and posted through our letterbox cash and cheques to help with our Covid-19 Emergency work. To all of the above we say a very big Cheviot Youth THANK YOU, for without your generous support we would not be able to support, assist and help so many children and young people in the many different and life changing ways that we do every year.



Cheviot Youth Board is currently comprised of 8 trustees from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.  All volunteer their time to help run the charity.  We are always looking for people with a genuine interest in helping provide support, guidance and opportunities for young people to join our Board.  If you would like to enquire about becoming a trustee, click the link below.


Gail Stephenson

Cheviot Youth Chair

Prior to moving to Kelso I gained over 25 year’s business advice and business development. I have extensive experience in Enterprise Education for Secondary Schools across Yorkshire and Humber.  My key skills and example assignments include:

  • Project Management of the Northern Way KS3 Enteprise Education Programme

  • Regional work on the Sub Regional Action Plan, workforce development

  • Delivery and management of the Regional Rural Business Network Project the YHCC

  • Advisor and Assessor for Investors in People National Standard

  • Development of the sub regional Investors In People Recognition Panel process.

  • Development of the sub regional Investors in People Assessment Unit YAL.

Prior to establishing my own consultancy practice in 2005 I was a Senior Advisor at the Yorkshire and Humber Chamber of Commerce where I developed and delivered a range of business support programmes that involved capacity and capability development for organisations and networks. 

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Andrew Nicholson


Up until 2013 I worked in the commercial department of various oil companies based in Edinburgh. I am now semi-retired and work as a volunteer with Citizens Advice in Hawick. I joined Cheviot Youth in March 2011 to help children and young people, living within the Cheviot Area of the Scottish Borders, to grow into responsible members of society who are able not only to enhance their own lives and also the lives of those around them.

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Colin Shaughnessy

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Owen Adams


I’ve worked in HR for 15 years since completing an MSc in Human Resources Management at Leeds University Business School. My experience crosses both the public and private sectors, from privately owned SMEs to publicly traded multinationals. I joined Cheviot Youth in May 2011 to support an organisation deliver youth services which help our young people. I’m particularly interested in helping young people understand the world of work.


Sarah Axford


I have broad experience in working with children, young people and their families through my practice as a youth worker. I spent 10 years as Head of Youth and Community Services with YMCA Manchester and I am currently the Service Manager for Children 1st in Selkirk. I have a passion and commitment to providing leadership in organisations that support young people with vital services.  I moved to the Scottish Borders with my husband and two young children from Manchester in 2017.


Kirsty Braid


I was delighted to be asked to join the board of Cheviot Youth last year. I was brought up in St. Andrews and married and moved to Kelso where my husband’s family have farmed for 3 generations. I am a Physiotherapist and now have my own clinic working from home. We have 3 children who, though all work away from home, are often back visiting with their friends.


I am a keen golfer and recently did my first Triathlon. I am interested in anything outdoors from gardening to bird watching and love travelling. I also love anything musical – I am a past member of Kelso Operatic Society and now play the trumpet in the Really Terrible Orchestra which is great fun.


I joined Cheviot Youth Group hoping to support young people living in the locale.


In my spare time I love adventuring and making memories with my family.For over 15 years my experience lay in Executive Administration, supporting company directors across several multinational companies, including Pfizer, Amgen, Stryker and PepsiCo. In 2013 my husband and I made the leap from London to Northumberland, buying a shop and Post Office, which we later expanded to incorporate a tearoom and B&B. During our tenure I became involved in the local village school and this led to my current involvement with children and young people. I am currently living in the Scottish Borders, in my final year of a BA(Hons) in Childhood, Youth and Family Studies, working as a Teaching Assistant, Freelance Childcare Practitioner, Invigilator, Administrator and Mother! 

Laura Thompson