Support Workers wanted in Duns

One of our clients is looking for exceptional people with the right values, to support people with additional needs in the Duns area of the Scottish Borders. Our client is a Scottish Living Wage employer. Posts are part/full time and permanent, and there are also openings for relief/bank workers.
Salary: £8.75 /hour
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Paid Business/Management Internship

One of our clients is looking for a lively, inventive and positive-thinking intern to work through the summer months.

Ideally, you will be well into a management or business degree, either undergraduate or post-graduate.

Our client is a successful third sector organisation, with offices across the Scottish Borders.

It’s a Scottish Living Wage employer and committed to offering a paid opportunity for the right candidate, who will get the opportunity to contribute to the strategic development of the organisation.

We welcome CVs from inspirational people, with a cover letter stating what you could bring to such an opportunity – please email

New guide to the Borders Railway

Front page of railway leafletA guide for disabled travellers on the Borders Railway has just been published. Researched and written by Isobel McLeish of Jedburgh, it aims to ensure that people with disabilities have a safe and enjoyable journey. The publication was produced with the support of Borders Voluntary Care Voice, Ability Borders, Scottish Borders Council and the Borders Carers Centre. You can download it here.

Coming soon – a new publication!

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Link is a NEW, full-colour, free, A4 monthly publication aimed at the Third Sector in the Scottish Borders.

It aims to provide a range of information relevant to community groups, charities and social enterprises, and to promote the valuable work that they do.

We will be launching Link, funded by Awards for All, at the beginning of May, in hard copy and electronic format.

If you would like to be included, please email your news/photos or event details to by 21st April.

You can also take advantage of our discounted introductory advertising rates, which can be downloaded here.

For more information, to book an advert, or to be added to the distribution list for the publication, contact us on 0300 111 1920 or e-mail

We look forward to hearing from you!

New project to help young people with mental health problems

A new project aimed at young people in the Borders who have mental health problems has received a funding boost from the Big Lottery.

One Step Borders, a social enterprise, has received a grant of more than £9000 from Awards for All to pilot the Bridge the Border Barriers project. It will offer peer support from people who, themselves, have experience of mental ill health.

The innovative project will also promote self-management by giving people the tools, skills and support they need to improve their own wellbeing.

Targeting 16-25 year-olds, it will complement existing mental health services.

One Step Borders Director Alex Kennedy, said: “An estimated 28,500 people in the Borders will face a mental health illness this year. We know that young people aged 16-25 are under-represented in services, so this project will specifically target that group.”

He added: “Suicide is the number one cause of death in Scotland for those aged under 35. Since 2002, there has been a national decline in the number of suicides, but this is not the case in the Scottish Borders. Over the last five years, there has been a steady rise in antidepressant prescriptions in the Borders. In 2013-2014 there were 131,542 prescriptions – more than one prescription per head of the population.”

The project will aim to help people living with mental health challenges to:

  • get the support they need to manage their wellbeing through using self- management tools and approaches
  • play an increasing role in supporting each other
  • access support in the community to manage and maintain their wellbeing and help prevent admissions to hospital.

As part of the work, One Step Borders will offer self-management workshops and activities and develop a peer support network.

In a recent survey of all mental health services in the Scottish Borders, 82 per cent of respondents said that there were gaps in services for people with mental health problems.

Alex explained: “When asked what the top priorities were for improvements, most people highlighted the need for peer support. Our project will aim to meet that need and, thanks to Awards for All, we can now get it up and running.”

For more information, e-mail Alex at

Face PR receives Awards for All funding

Awards for All logoFace PR has received funding from Awards for All Scotland for the production of a monthly newsletter for the third sector in the Scottish Borders.

The aim of the pilot is to provide information relevant to the sector, such as funding streams, volunteering, training, job vacancies, campaigns and consultations.

The newsletter will also provide a vehicle for third sector organisations, such as charities, social enterprises and community groups, to promote the work that they do.

The Awards for All grant will meet the set up and production costs of three issues of the newsletter, with the intention that the project will become sustainable through advertising and sponsorship.

Director Kathleen Travers said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Awards for All. In the coming weeks we will be talking to key stakeholders about the project and what we hope to achieve.”

If you would like more information about the project, please e-mail

We would like to acknowledge help from Business Gateway Scottish Borders and Jean Robertson, Funding Officer at Scottish Borders Council, for making this happen!


Award for Borders MTB racer

SCOTLAND’s leading young downhill mountain bike (MTB) rider, Rona Strivens, recently returned from the 2016 British Cycling annual awards with another accolade to add to her growing collection.

Rona (18), who lives in Newtown St Boswells, was presented with the British Cycling Downhill Series Award by Olympic gold medalist Jason Queally MBE. To win the series, she had to demonstrate a consistency in technical skill and ability throughout the year.

In 2015, Rona won the British and Scottish series under 18-girls and is ranked No. 1 with British Cycling. She also came in third in the Fort William World Cup.

Originally from Kingussie, Rona moved to the Borders last year with her mother, Catriona, to join the Borders College elite athlete programme. It gives students a chance to be coached by staff from the Dirt School at the world-class mountain biking facility in Glentress.

Rona is now preparing for her first race of 2016, on 19th March at Ae Forest – the start of the Scottish Downhill season, followed by the British Downhill Series starting in April in Dumfries. She is also hoping to race at Lourdes in France in April in her first European contest of the season, and is preparing for the highlight of her year, the World Cup in Fort William.

She said “That was my favorite race last year. Racing in front of those large crowds gets the adrenaline going. The BBC filmed it for ‘The Mountain’ and that just added to the excitement. I was pleased with third place in 2015 but want to get on the top spot this year.”

Rona is pictured receiving her award from Jason.

Photo of Rona and Jason

New project to help Borders mums

Photo of mums and babiesVulnerable mums in the Scottish Borders who need extra support are set to benefit from a new project, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Nurture the Borders CIC has just been awarded just over £9000 from the Communities and Families Fund for the Mum Mentoring pilot, which will match vulnerable expectant mothers and new mothers with a trained mum and baby mentor.

 Rosie Kennedy, Director of Nurture the Borders, said: “Pregnancy and becoming a new mum is not always easy, but with support the journey can be a lot better. In our new project, trained Mum Mentors will offer free practical and emotional support to new mums and mums-to-be who need additional support for various reasons. The mentors will work with the mothers during pregnancy and birth, and during the baby’s first few months.”

The aim of the project is to help mum and baby to have the best possible start by:

  • helping to improve the health and well-being of mums and babies
  • promoting healthy lifestyle choices and access to services
  • helping to increase rates and duration of breastfeeding
  • increasing access to community support and reducing isolation
  • moving mums away from dependency by supporting them to become confident and independent mums
  • developing a mentoring support model that can be rolled out across the Scottish Borders.

Nurture the Borders was founded by a group of mothers in the Scottish Borders for the benefit of local parents and children. It aims to ensure that all new parents in the Borders feel fully supported, included within the community, and are equipped and confident to make the best choices for their babies and themselves.

Mums who would like to find out more about the project should contact Nurture the Borders on 07803515994, e-mail or visit

Note to Editors

  1. Nurture the Borders is a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a ‘not-for-profit’ social enterprise, which was established in 2014.
  2. As a CIC, Nurture the Borders legally required to reinvest profits into the work it does for the community. Profits and assets are used for the benefit of parents, particularly those who may be disadvantaged as a result of social, health or emotional difficulties.
  3. The Communities and Families Fund has a budget of £4.5 million from The Scottish Government and £1.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund. Groups can apply for funding from £250 to £10,000.

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