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.
Plans to redesign the only centre in the Borders for people with physical disabilities will exclude most of its users, according to the charity that runs it.
Councillors are considering the future of the Ability Centre in Galashiels, but their preferred plan to turn it into a social centre would mean that 80 percent of its current members will no longer be able to use it.
Jenny Longden reports: