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Communities in the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to use the region's only service for people with a physical disability, or they could risk losing it.
Following a campaign, the local council agreed to keep the service open. Now, they want more people to use it. Jenny Longden reports.
Scottish Borders Council hope that a decision to redesign the Ability Centre will encourage more members.
The service is now open to anyone with a physical disability.
It comes after a campaign by service users, to include those with disabilities that require specialist staff and transport.
Management and service users of the only centre for people with a physical disability in the Borders say they need more members to safeguard it for the future.
Scottish Borders Council had planned to turn the Ability Centre in Galashiels into a social centre.
Those with certain physical disabilities would have received home visits instead.
Service users successfully campaigned for a compromise, which means the service will now open to all users for 2 days a week, and will run as a social centre once a week, with regular home visits.
But they say they need more members in order for it to remain a success.
The new arrangements will be reviewed in 18 months.