Sep 01
Voices Scotland Workshop - Helping You To Have Your Say

Health and social care services in Scotland have committed to providing a person-centred service. In order to do this they need to talk to you, to find out what you think and to learn from your experience. 

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has developed a Voices Scotland Programme which supports individuals, communities, and support groups and organisations by providing the knowledge, skills and confidence to help you HAVE YOUR SAY and influence local and national health and social care services. 

The Scottish Health Council’s Local Officers have been trained by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland to deliver the Voices Scotland Programme in our local communities. The Scottish Health Council Borders office is now offering to deliver free workshops in the Borders area. Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the individuals, group or organisation and can be run as either a half day or a full day programme. 

​For more information please view the leaflet below:

SHC BORDERS Voices Scotland booklet v2.pdf

Sep 01
ACOSVO Leadership Exchange

Leadership Exchange Application Deadline 29 September


Don’t miss out!  Next Application date 29th September 2017.

ACOSVO welcomes individuals from your organisation and across your networks to apply to the next application round of their FREE Leadership Exchange Programme.  The initiative pairs leaders at middle, senior and executive levels to offer them brief cross sectoral exchanges to learn from each other, develop an understanding of other sectors, encourage collaborative working and improve leadership skill capacity. ​

For more information please view the leaflet below:

ACOSVO Leadership Exchange.pdf

Jun 28
Community Job Scotland Vacancies

The Chamber currently has two Community Job Scotland work opportunities for young unemployed people within Scotland.

Community​ Land Trainee:

​Job Description: Grow to Work is a business based near Galashiels which provides training and sustainable employment for young adults from a range of backgrounds, who are unable to access these opportunities in the mainstream.


The Grow to Work team provides a range of services (land management, vegetative horticulture and hard landscaping) across the central Scottish Borders for individual and commercial customers. We are also engaged in a small horticulture operation growing fruit and vegetables on six acres of farmland, snow clearing and furniture restoration. This job will give the successful candidate a good grounding in working within a team, buddying with people with learning disabilities and others and a real opportunity to develop their skills across a number of core activities. Including:


General: Lawn Care Tree Planting Pruning and Maintenance Path laying and upkeep Propagation Irrigation and care of vegetables Erection of garden buildings (sheds, greenhouses and poly tunnels) Care and maintenance of garden furniture and tools To support all staff as and when required The successful candidate will work as part of a team to perform the various activities involved in gardening and grounds keeping.


How to Apply:  Please contact your Jobcentre Plus or Skills Development Scotland advisor to access an CJS application form

 Young Persons Food Champion

Overview: This post will enable the Champion to extend their activities in support of NHS Borders HLN, DWYIG and 3rd sector. The post holder will work towards the Healthy Living Award and use this experience to plan and demonstrate healthy eating choices to Youth and Voluntary Groups across the region.


Job Description: The successful candidate will provide support and advice on edible horticulture and good food to community groups in 3rd sector organisations across the region. E.G. Grow to Work support Langlee Residents Association, an area of multiple deprivation, and are assisting them to create a community garden/orchard and working towards Scotland A Good Food Nation.


Walkerburn Healthy Living Network are supplied with home grown fruit and vegetables. Fresh season produce is distributed to elderly and vulnerable residents who are provided with recipe ideas on how best to make healthy meals. Developing the young workforce Industry group - the young Champion will work with them to deliver the project in secondary schools to raise awareness of the projects outcomes and help address the health problems that are growing in the area.

How to Apply:  Please contact your Jobcentre Plus or Skills Development Scotland advisor to access an CJS application form

Jun 14
Save The Date! SBSEC C.I.C.. AGM - Thursday 6th July 2017

Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber C.I.C. will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 6th July 2017 at the Salmon Room, Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St. Boswells from 10:00am.

The theme for this year's AGM is: Skills, Employment and Collaboration, so come along and be inspired!

Please contact Dean Fisher or Marie Higgins on 01835 822099, or e-mail dean@sbsec.org.uk or enquiries@sbsec.org.uk to notify us if you plan to attend, or to give apologies. You may appoint a proxy to attend the meeting on your behalf.

Following the business part of the meeting there will be speakers.

As in previous years at the AGM we will have a number of tables available for our members and invited organisations to display their leaflets and information, if you are interested in booking a table or half table please contact Dean Fisher or Marie Higgins on the details as listed above​

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jun 05
Food Buddies & The Food Foundation Cookery Demonstration

​Are you free between 12:30pm and 2:30pm on Thursday 8th June 2017? Then why not pop along to The Connections Centre in Selkirk!

Yvonne from The Food Foundation wil be showing those who attend how easy it is to cook simple, tasty & nutritious food, which can then be sampled.

There will be hints and tips for making meals times easier for someone who has memory problems, their families and carers

​The event is free however places are limited so it is essential to book/confirm attendance by contacting Christine ​on 07921 265515 or E-mail: christine@otbds.org

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May 05
Review Of Local Third Sector Infrastructure In Scotland
An evaluation is being carried out about the role of the Third Sector Interfaces and the national umbrella support organisations by the Scottish Government this is your opportunity now to have your say by answering the questions in the survey which can be accessed via the link below

We really do appreciate how busy you all are, the questions are brief and your input and any comments will really help to shape the future of services delivered across Scotland and for us the Scottish Borders.

If you need any further information or support please let us know.​

Review of Local Third Sector Infrastructure in Scotland Survey




May 04
Train to Become a Match Fit Men's Mental Health Programme Coach
Match Fit Coach Training:

This coach training programme is aimed at anyone working with men who would like to learn about using this group approach to problem solving, wellbeing and building social connections and who has a personal interest in sport.

Match Fit is a new programme developed by NHS Borders.  It focuses on coping with problem situations and how we can use our strengths, skills and experience, with the help of others, to achieve our goals. The 10 week programme takes sport as a metaphor to explore when things go well or go wrong in both sport and life. Many men already know a lot about sport and participants soon realise they have considerable expertise that is relevant to solving their own problems.  Match Fit covers a number of ‘wellbeing’ strategies, how to build and maintain a support ‘team’ in your own life and deal with conflict or other difficulties.
Group facilitators act as ‘coaches’ and participants are ‘team players’.   The Match Fit approach can be applied to a wide range of contexts and issue based groups and has been used effectively with men of all ages, social backgrounds and abilities

Training for ‘Match Fit’ coaches will take place over two mornings 9.30am to 12.30pm
Venue:      Hospitality Suite, Galashiels Rugby Club, Netherdale, Nether Road, Galashiels Scottish Borders TD1 3HE
Dates:        Monday 22nd and Monday 29th May 2017
Coach training is free and supported by NHS Borders Joint Health Improvement Team
For more information only contact:
Nichola Sewell - Health Improvement Lead
01835 825970
To book a place contact
01835 825970​

Match Fit Flyer

Mar 02
First Public Consultation For Galashiels Masterplan

The first public consultation on a new masterplan for Galashiels will be held on Wednesday 8 March.

As part of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, masterplans for Galashiels and Tweedbank will be created, setting out a medium to long term strategy for both communities through the allocation of spaces for commercial, retail, residential and community facilities, as well as roads and utilities. This will allow the Local Development Plan to be updated and encourage investors to understand the opportunities available in both communities.

A team of architects and urban designers will be available at Galashiels Transport Interchange from 2pm to 8pm on 8 March for the public to discuss local needs and opportunities as well as what in the existing townscape should be protected. There will also be some information available to identify the scope of the study.

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said: “The Borders Railway Blueprint programme aims to maximise the economic benefits presented by the railway, which has already delivered increased travel options for local people and seen more visitors coming to the area. The railway will be a catalyst for significant development opportunities and the masterplans for Galashiels and Tweedbank will aim to bring economic and population growth through new and affordable housing, commercial and tourism development, a diversifying business base and new demand for learning and skills. This public consultation event is the first step towards achieving that vision and I would encourage members of the public to come along to find out more and give us their views.”​

Jan 26
Calling Employers - SERI Opportunity - Deadline 3PM Today 26/01/17

If you are looking for funding to employ a young person I wanted to let you know that there are 2 SERI places left for the Borders which need to be in place by 30th January 2017, however if you are interested please note that you will be required to contact Lee Anne Glover, Employer Liaison Officer Barnardo's Works by 3pm today,

Contact Info:
Lee Anne Glover, Employer Liaison Officer Barnardo's Works
Email: leeanne.glover@barnardos.org.uk
Tel: 0131 453 8420

As you are aware applications need to be submitted and assessed before a young person (YP) starts their new employment or at the latest the YP’s first day with an employer and that SERI funding cannot be applied for retrospectively. Whilst the deadline for applications is the 30th January this also includes when the YP needs to be in post by (before or on 30th January 2017 at the latest). Applications have to meet the criteria and are assessed on a first come first served basis.
If you have any referrals or require any further information about the funding, its criteria and application process please do not hesitate to contact the person below.

Contact Info:
Lee Anne Glover, Employer Liaison Officer Barnardo's Works
Email: leeanne.glover@barnardos.org.uk
Tel: 0131 453 8420

Jan 26
All Female Final for Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2017

​​Three female humanitarians including Margaret Simpson M.B.E.​​ ​​who has helped change lives for disabled people in the Scottish Borders are all in the running for this year's Robert Burns Humanitarian Award which will be announced in Alloway on Sunday, 29 January.​​​

More information can be found via the links below




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