Successful Projects

Parent Space

Year Completed: 

Report for Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund


ParentSpace was awarded a total amount of £5250 on the 13th December 2018, allocated as in the table below

Development of Parenting in the Digital age resource


Research and writing of resource material


Design and printing/publishing of resource


Advertising of resource - banners and flyers


3 Taster Sessions to test the new materials


Delivery of courses


4 courses (4 to 7 sessions each) for 6 participants each between Jan and June 2019


Total revised request


We are pleased to provide the following report on each of the two areas highlighted above.

  1. Development of Parenting in the Digital Age Resource

The research and writing of the resource material was completed in April of this year and five taster sessions were delivered to test the new materials at Duns Primary School, Berwickshire High School and Preston Village Hall. The material was well received and the parents who attended gave the following feedback:




1= Not at all. 10=Alot

I understand more about the Digital World

Average =7

I feel better equipped to mange the challenges of parenting in a Digital World

Average = 8

I feel what I have learned will strengthen my relationship with my children

Average =7

I felt listened to and was able to contribute in the session

Average =10

The materials and presentation were easy to understand


I think the resources will be helpful

Average =10








                 The resource has now joined our library of courses and workshops and we have plans for further delivery in 2020.

                 We have not yet purchased banners, flyers nor printed the resource, as we are in the process of re-branding ParentSpace and wish to wait until we have the new logo and other advertising in place.  This will be completed in early 2020.

  1. Delivery of Courses.

Although we set out to deliver 4 courses between January and June this year, it transpired this was an ambitious target, for a number of reasons. We are down to a small team of Facilitators: only four active at that time, which obviously limits capacity to deliver. We needed to devote time and energy to securing further funding, which was successful in the form of Lottery funding in August of this year and we also dedicated time to becoming a charity and so are now registered with OSCR as SCIO number SCO49137.

Our learning is also showing us that parents are choosing to engage with the project in other ways, rather than attending courses. So we are seeing more parents attending Drop Ins and accessing 1:1 support. The feedback is that parents value the facilitated peer support, space and time to connect with others over parenting issues in a friendly, welcoming informal setting and knowing that they will not be judged.

Having said that, we ran a very successful Handling Anger in the Family course in Duns for six parents in May and are currently running a Parenting in the Primary Years course for six parents  in Coldingham. Below is some of their feedback:

“I went along to a Parentspace course recently & it was the best thing I ever did - why didn't I go sooner?! Not only did I receive the advice I was looking for but I gained a fantastic bunch of friends I can rely on to pull me up when I'm down. Parenting is hard, asking for help is hard, finding the right information is hard - let Parentspace help, it'll be the best decision you make.”

“I have done various ParentSpace courses and 1 day workshops since 2014, aswell as this one. ParentSpace has been a really helpful, supportive and positive experience and given me lots of confidence in parenting and life decisions i have made. You don't have to have a child with special needs or difficulties or even be struggling to want to learn and educate yourself for your children. If you can find the time for yourself, it could be one of the best decisions you ever make to go along to a ParentSpace session”

We advertised a Parenting Children with Special Needs course in October, but had to cancel due to poor uptake. However, we ran a very successful session with another local charity who work with families where there is a child with Special Needs and are looking together at ways in which we can continue to support these parents.

We are also working in partnership with the local nurseries, primaries and Berwickshire High School and recently joined the Berwickshire Early Years Improvement Network.

In summary, then, this has been a very busy and fruitful year for us and, thanks to funding from Blackhill, Berwickshire Housing Association and the Lottery, we look forward to continuing into 2020 and beyond. We have many exciting developments planned and are building new partnerships, all of which is helping us to create a sustainable future for ParentSpace and the parents we serve.

We are grateful to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for your support.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on or 07752568131, should you wish for any further information or to discuss anything in the report.

Karen Lerpiniere

Project Co-ordinator



Duns Pipe Band

Year Completed: 


Duns Pipe Band

Scottish Charity No.  SC030190

Pipe Major: A D Ainslie BEM, Main Street, Gavinton, Duns

Tel: 01361 882022

Treasurer: Tina Robertson, 60 Hawthorn Bank Duns TD11 3HL

Tel: 01361 884242

Secretary: Julia Turner, 1 Pinkie Cottage, Duns TD11 3LS

Email -



Grant of £750.00 received.

Purpose of Grant                                                                

To contribute to the replacement of 30 waistcoat and jacket sets to replace worn out uniform and establish uniformity of dress for new members joining the band.


The band were measured in March 2019 and the waistcoats and jackets delivered in May 2019 in time to celebrate the town’s summer festival (Reiver’s Week). The picture below shows the band in 2018 with new members not fully dressed and mismatched with the remainder of the band.


With the grant funding from SBC, we have been able to kit out all members of the band with new waistcoats and jackets.

On behalf of all members of the band, I would like to thank the Committee for considering our application and awarding the grant. As I hope you can see from the pictures below, we now have a very smart and uniformed band.

Yours faithfully

Julia Turner


Duns Pipe Band


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Eat Sleep Ride

Year Completed: 

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

Year Completed: 

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


Year Completed: 

Funds Received - £3,500.00

Re-Tweed received £3,500 in June 2018 towards the cost for a Volunteer Support Worker.  Funding was matched with impact funding.  Since receiving the funding 18 volunteers were involved, most of whom are graduates from Re-Tweeds Level 1 training course.  3 out 18 where not former students.  Volunteers come from a wide range of women from different backgrounds, some with complex health issues or others wanting to return to work.


In 3 years Re-Tweed have gone from having 1 member of staff to having 8 members of staff, all local, 4 of whom were former students.  All volunteers get personal development training and are told that ReTweed is not a final destination and are encouraged to continuously move forward.  Training included first aid, health & safety, customer service, business gateway training.  We also held a volunteer development session to sit down and discuss what has worked and what has not worked and how do we improve it.  Most important was the sense of achievement the individual women felt and the impact that this also has on each family and the wider community.  2 volunteers have gone on to set up their own businesses and 5 more are in the process of setting up their own businesses.  ReTweed are providing wrap around support. 


Trading income from the items that are made continues to increase.  £2k in 1st year which raised to £6k in 3rd year.  Profits from trading being channelled into supporting the new businesses being set up.  We have a shop is based in Eyemouth and products also being sold around the area and as cultural exchange gifts.  We also hope to raise the trading income above the funding income.  Constantly evaluating our environmental, social, business objectives.


Business model has been sold to Dumfries & Galloway Council and Langholm Initiative. Highlands and Islands also looking for ReTweed to deliver the model to them.  We are also in talks with Scottish Prison Service and Remade Network and online sales are being developed.  The funding received from BWCF and other local windfarm funds inspires other larger funders to also support.


Thank you for believing in us.

Verbal report received a our AGM in August 2019