Successful Projects

Eat Sleep Ride

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I'm writing from Eat Sleep Ride - a horse riding stables and social

enterprise based near Eyemouth run by Danielle McKinnon. The Blackhill

Windfarm Community Fund generously helped fund us at the beginning when

we were starting out in 2017. We continue to be extremely grateful for

your help and belief in us and we thought we'd email you and let you

know how we've been getting on.


As you may know Eat, Sleep, Ride is a social enterprise targeting people

experiencing mental health problems, those that have suffered abuse,

lived in areas of high deprivation and other challenges such as

drug/alcohol addiction. We are also a TRSS approved horse riding centre

and give lessons and hacks to the public.


We aim to improve the lives of all people. We use our beautiful animals

as inspiration for change which in turn can provide an alternative

learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed

through the programme can meet the requirements of ongoing education and

training for employers and participants.


The way that Danielle delivers lessons and training helps people

experiencing the challenges outlined above. Danielle draws on personal

experience to provide a teachable point of view on how to overcome

personal circumstances and lead a happy and fulfilled life.


We've grown from strength to strength over the last year or so and we

now have 13 horses and ponies at the stables. We have regular riders,

volunteers and employees at Eat Sleep Ride. The majority of our riders

are children and young adults who benefit hugely from spending time with

and riding the horses. We have two young employees who have faced

difficulties in their youth and are now flourishing with the

opportunities at Eat Sleep Ride.


Now is an extremely exciting time for us - we've recently secured a new

site near Lamberton which we will move to in the late summer. The

business has lots of room for expansion and more opportunities for

social enterprises to join the community!


We will be crowdfunding for support ahead of the move and we wondered

if, when we launch our campaign, you would share the details with your

professional network. Any help you can offer as our journey develops

would be most appreciated!


Kind regards,

Danielle, Annie & Laura

Eat Sleep Ride CIC


Girlguiding Berwickshire

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I applied to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for a grant towards a residential training week-end (w/e) for Guiders from Berwickshire.The application was handled by your committee who kindly donated the sum of £1000. This is an outline of how we used the generous donation for which all attendees expressed their gratitude.

As with all such arrangements, the numbers wishing/intending to attend fluctuated until very near the date itself. This in spite of the arrangement whereby deposits were forfeited for non-attendance but refunded to those who did attend. But finally twenty Guiders from the county took part in an interesting and stimulating w/e in which the new programme for Guiding across all sections was introduced and explained.

A copy of the “fees sheet” is included which shows the attendees’ charges for the w/e. These were slightly higher than I had anticipated but this was offset by us not having to pay a separate fee for the outdoor activities as these were supervised by the trainers to demonstrate the “out of doors” elements of the programme. However my estimate for travel costs was not far off the mark!

I also include a copy of the  “Guidance Notes” on the new programme which may help you to understand how we run our organisation and also the teaching timetable that shows we were kept pretty busy.

I hope you feel the grant you awarded the county was well used and in accordance with your ideals for community wellbeing. The leaders all seemed to enjoy themselves and left feeling less apprehensive about the changes and consequent work involved to implement the new programme.

Once again I thank you for your interest in our organisation and generous award.

Jean MacNab
County Administrator

Rotary Club of Duns

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Funds Received - £500

The Rotary Club of Duns received £500 in April 2017.  This funding was used to help fund a defibrillator and cabinet positioned outside the old post office in the square.  This can be used by any member of the public.  An App has since been created to allow people to locate the position of all defibrillators and more specifically the one closest to you.

Verbal report received at our AGM August 2017

Friends of Duns Primary School

Year Completed: 

Funds received - £3,000.00

Friends of Duns Primary School received £3,000 in December 2017.  These funds where used to help furnish the new library at Duns Primary School.  When the school moved to its new premises, in the old High School building, the library was left with limited shelving which was not fit for purpose.  From the start the children were heavily involved in setting up the library and used the funds received from BWCF to purchase shelving, seating, tables and additional books.

Thanks from everyone in FDPS.

Duns Senior Citizens Club

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On Friday 2 June 2017, the Club held a Summer Lunch to celebrate Queen Elizabeth being our longest reigning monarch. 
The room was appropriately decorated and a delicious lunch was enjoyed by members and guests, who included Diana Findley, Regional Ambassador from Age Scotland.  Entertainment was firstly provided by Ronald Drummond.  Being local, Ronald has become a 'regular' at our social afternoons, and his beautiful singing voice is always a delight to listen to.  Then 'The Jockuleles' from Earlston, performed various popular songs and members were encouraged to join in.  Dolly Parton even made a special appearance! The humour of this band was second to none, and members went home feeling uplifted and very happy.  It was a truly memorable afternoon. 
Thank you to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund, who awarded the Club a grant to assist with the cost of this special Summer Lunch, it was much appreciated.