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Posted On: 10th Oct 2013

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Fixer Charotte Redpath
Fixer Charlotte Redpath as a youngster
The area where Charlotte is from

A girl, who says living in the Scottish Borders can be an isolating experience, has helped create a booklet informing locals about what's available near them.


Charlotte Redpath (18) is from Fountainhill, a small community outside Galashiels.


Her seven page booklet called ‘#whatsongala’ tells her own story while also giving information about local travel, health advice and social activities in the area.


Talking about what she’s gained from the experience, the 18-year-old says: ‘It’s been amazing and I really love what we’ve created. I think the booklet is exactly what the people of Galashiels need.


‘I hope it will help local people to get around and find out more about the area they live in.’


Charlotte aims to distribute the finished booklet into local secondary schools, colleges, youth clubs and community centres as well as making an online version available for school intranets.


Her Fixers campaign was also featured on ITV News Lookaround in June 2013.


‘All young people will hopefully benefit from this project. I want to see more of them being involved in social activities and, in time, find it easier to interact with others,' adds Charlotte.


‘I think that people living in rural areas are often forgotten about. I want to encourage greater interaction and more opportunities in the area.’


Charlotte, who finds the lack of transport links a major problem in the area, explains why she feels so strongly about doing this project.


‘Growing up was brilliant, everything was an adventure. But now it can get hard not being able to get around because everything is so far away.


‘I know exactly what it’s like to feel secluded and on your own, and it’s not healthy for anyone. This is why I want to help others in a similar position to me, giving them hope and making them feel proud of where they’re from.’


 Click 'read' below to take a look at Charlotte's booklet:




Author: N. Farooq


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