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Our History

Stable Life provides opportunities and enhanced support to children and young people who are experiencing personal challenges.

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Relaunch as GYP Borders

We officially re-launched ourselves as GYP Borders – Giving Young People & Families Support. There were also significant developments in our programmes of intervention and they were structured into three distinct projects:

• Alternative Routes — learning skills for life
• Chance4Change—befriending/mentoring
• “Stable” Life – Equine Facilitated Learning


Stable Life invests in a brilliant new indoor school

The commercial yard continues to support the work of the charity, providing riding lessons for children and adults, and developing the popular Hoofbeats pony club. 

The team also managed to raise over £100,000 through generous donations and online crowdfunding to rebuild our indoor school which opened for use in April 2022.

Our outstanding all-weather arena works for indoor lessons as well as project work; the arena can also be used for rallies, private lessons and much more, find out more about our Outdoor and Indoor Arena hire


Stable Life gets funding to develop delivery of SQAs National Progression Awards

In 2018 we received funding from The Scottish Government to deliver a pilot project over two years to offer SQA NPA awards in Horse Care and Rural Skills, and since then we have been continuing to offer these qualifications for Selkirk High School. 


Stable Life grows from Strength to Strength

As Stable Life continued to grow from strength to strength and we evidenced the outcomes the young people achieved by participation as well as how well it complemented existing services we decided that the way forward was to make Stable Life the core service.

In August 2013 we renamed the organisation Stable Life and secured a long-term lease on a local riding centre and relocated office there. The lease has also given us opportunities to income generate through offering equine activities which help with long term sustainability.


Increased Scope of Work

The organisation continued to focus on developing partnerships between schools, social services and other agencies involved in the wellbeing of young people. We increased the scope of our work and more young people and their families benefited from our programmes of intervention.


Growth & Development

In 1997, a Befriending Scheme was introduced and became an integral part of the services provided and complimented the existing range of services provided.


Gala Youth Project Formed

In the latter part of 1982 following a meeting of interested parties, a steering committee of Gala Youth Project was formed. The central aim of the Project was to bring together a variety of key voluntary and statutory agencies in a collaborative attempt to meet the needs of youngsters with specific difficulties, particularly in relation to truancy and offending. On 3 July 1985, Gala Youth Project officially opened.

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