Successful Projects

Re-Tweed

Year Completed: 
2018

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

The Learning Space

Year Completed: 
2018

Funds Received - £2,718.00

In September 2018 The Learning Space received £2,718.00 to renovate the scotch ovens at their premises in Gavinton.  The Learning Space work with local young people with learning barriers.  Funding was put towards reinstating the old ovens that had not been used for a near 50 years.  Local trades men quoted to do the work, with Craftec selected to make new doors for the ovens.  Local builder, Border Build & Renovation, had family connections and helped to reinstate the chimney and repair slates etc.

Now being fired up, by the young people, to dry out, this takes time and needs to be done slowly.  Looking to use gas burners to make it quicker to heat up.  As far as possible all ingredients for the bread etc are sourced locally.  New baking project in the pipeline with ideas to make it a more commercial social enterprise project.

Verbal report received at our AGM in August 2019

 

 

Outside The Box

Year Completed: 
2018

Funds received - £2,965.00

In December 2018 Outside The Box received funding to run 3 Nourish and Natter Sessions.  These sessions where designed to target people on the fringes and to try to improve their wellbeing.  Sessions where arranged for older people to meet and taster sessions where provided in different areas that they had shown an interest in i.e. cycling, seated movement.

The funding received allowed us to pay trainers and the hope is that those who attended will look to continue with these activities.  The connection with the different trainers has facilited other sessions throughout the area.

Verbal report received at out AGM in August 2019

 

Connect

Year Completed: 
2017
The three month pilot of shared youth activities was great fun for our young folk and staff team. We started off with a trip to Dunbar Pool with a coach load of young people from across our service.... and across Berwickshire. This was also a memorable trip as the photo below is considered by our staff to be one of the best of 2017. We ran youth sessions in Duns, Coldstream and Eyemouth where we put on transport between the three youth centres and this enabled our young folk to come together, share activities and get to know each other and what goes on in each youth centre. It wasn’t long before a group of young folk were planning a sail training voyage with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. Money from Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund contributed to the costs of this week of adventurous sail training in our beautiful Western Isles. Our crew of young people represented Berwickshire well and included young people from Coldstream, Duns and Eyemouth, as well as Auchencrow and Burnmouth. The sailing conditions and group dynamics meant that this was one of our more challenging to date, however, strong friendships were made during the week and when our young folk set sail again in the summer of 2018 with Cirdan Sailing Trust around the Channel Islands, we were able to include 2 young people as leaders/mentors to those that were on their first voyage.
 
After the funding period finished with our Blackhill grant, we made a successful bid to Scottish Borders Council Localities Bid Fund for the same type of funding that Blackhill provided. We used the Blackhill project as evidence of success and we were eventually awarded over £6,000 to carry on where we left off.  This enabled us to fully support travel costs for the whole summer programme including our Holiday Club children in Coldstream.  We were able to run our most ambitious programme to date including the above mentioned voyage to the Channel Islands, an Outward Bound adventure at Loch Lomond, trips to the 5 sisters Zoo and Blair Drummond Safari Par, Wet n Wild in Newcastle.
This winter we have already enjoyed shared activities between our centres and we have been able to make these less of a ‘one off’ and more a part of our core work.
All the young children and young people who took part in this project certainly made the most of the opportunities that this funding provided. Our staff team deserve much credit too, for making the activities so diverse and enjoyable.... and for seizing the initiative to continue to work ‘in the spirit of the grant.’
 
Steve Wright
Manager, Connect Berwickshire Youth Project
 

 

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Dunse History Society

Year Completed: 
2017

The Soldiers Remember

A History of southfield Auxiliary Military Hospital, Duns This book, published by Dunse History Society, describes in considerable detail the work of the southfield Auxiliary Military Hospital run by The Red cross for the convalescence of wounded soldiers during WW1.

It describes the early history of southfield House (now a community centre), its selection as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers and the background to Southfield and other Berwickshire Red cross Auxiliary Hospitals within the nationalframework for treating wounded soldiers. The book was published in July 201g with the help of a generous grant of f1800 from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund to supplement design and printing costs'

The book is based on papers kindly donated to the Dunse History Society, by Mrs Judy Murray of Currie. The papers relate to the Speedy family who lived in Berwickshire, and in particular to the diaries and records of Margaret Mary (May) Speedy, the youngest of their three daughters. May Speedy worked as a V.A.D. Nurse at Southfield during wW1. Nurse Speedy left accounts of her time at Southfield in two diaries in which she had her patients write down their army experiences. These accounts, of which there are 78, are transcribed exactly as they appear in the diaries. ln addition, Nurse speedy obtained a number of photographs which have been used to illustrate the book together with diary entries that she herself made of her day to day activities. Together with considerable additiona! information gathered from local and national records, the book provides a detailed and intimate account of life of recovering soldiers in a military convalescent hospital.

The importance of this book reflects the fact that after the War the great majority of hospital and medical records were destroyed. Only a representative selection, less thanZYo, were preserved. The Southfield records, whose existence was until recently not widely known, is therefore not only an important record of life in Berwickshire during a major conflict, it is also a document of national importance in the records of The Great War.

500 copies of the book, which runs to 160 pages, were printed and it is being sold at a cost of f 10. The total cost of publication was f2786 and to date about 150 copies have been sold with sales income at about f500 with the book account still in deficit.

An article was written for The Borders Family History Magazine and 3 reviews, from The QARANC Nursing Association, Robert Dunn and The Long Long Trail, are also attached.

We are most grateful to The Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for the grant towards the publication. Any proceeds from the sale of the book once costs have been covered will be used to support the work of the Dunse History Society in various ways, including: preservation of local Berwickshire records, public lectures, exhibitions, restoration of the town bell.

Dunse History Society, january 2019