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
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
Securing three grants totalling £64,250 will enable Eyemouth-based social enterprise Re-Tweed to expand its work. ReTweed runs 11-week training programmes for women to help them back into the workplace, teaching them sewing skills and using upcycling material that might otherwise have been destined for landfill.
A series of recycling and upcycling workshops can now be developed to encourage local people to reject our throwaway culture and return to a make-do-and-mend philosophy, thanks to grants from the Robertson Trust, Blackhill Community Windfarm Fund and the Unltd Foundation.
The new workshops include creative upholstery, rag-rugging, patchwork and wool crafts using donations of textiles from Berwickshire and through Borders textiles companies, including Hawick Knitwear and House of Cheviot.
“Without the generosity of local people, community groups and local businesses we wouldn’t have achieved the success we have – women reconnecting with their communities, making progress in their lives and careers and going on into other creative learning and volunteering,” said ReTweed founder Hazel Smith.
“We are especially chuffed to get support from the Robertson Trust since it was three Berwickshire women who founded the trust to support social justice and common good.”
The latest ReTweed graduates, presented with their certificates at Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters by Sue Robertson, chair of the Women’s Fund for Scotland, brings the number of women to complete the courses to 29.
Sue said: “It was an inspiration to give the ReTweed women their graduation certificates. I’m impressed with what the project has achieved in such a short time.”