Upcoming Events

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  • Music Events:
    Sunday, 05 February 2023 03:00 pm
    The Amazing Carlops Jazz Band

    at Carlops Village Hall
    The Amazing Carlops Jazz Band will be playing in the Carlops Village Hall on Sunday 5th February at 3pm! Admission is free and tea and cake will be served in the interval. Featuring the amazing Si Clark on vocals, and the ever popular Carlopettes! See you there!  For information contact John Levine john.levine@strath.ac.uk
  • Film:
    Friday, 17 February 2023 07:00 pm
    Pentland Film Society: The Islands and the Whales

    at Carlops Village Hall
    Dir: Mike Day, 2018, Cert 12, 81 min, Faroese/English/DanishThe pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe hunting to be vital to their way of life, but  the effects of marine pollution and  environmen

Messages from Scottish Borders Council

TOP Messages from Scottish Borders Council updated to 12th October 2022

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Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund

 Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund is now accepting applications and can be accessed at the following link:   https://www.aberlour.org.uk/get-help/urgent-assistance-fund

Hannah Lacon Communities and Partnerships  Scottish Borders Council   Hannah.lacon@scotborders.gov.uk  

Lidl Neighbourly Campaign

Energy Saving Trust – eBikes

TogetherAll   Award Winning Digital Mental Health Service

Cost of Living Stakeholder Toolkit

Community Led Local Development Fund 2022-23

Volunteering at Nomad

News from Home Energy Scotland

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for the Scottish Borders

Useful Links from SBC

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for the Scottish Borders

Round Two of the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for the Scottish Borders will launch soon. If you would like support with an application please get in touch with me.

You can also book places at forthcoming online Webinars and Outcomes Sessions for the second round at the links below. Multiple dates are available but places are limited, so please book on as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Places are also restricted to one person per organisation to allow as many organisations as possible to attend. Extra dates will be looked at, if the current dates are booked out.

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund Outcomes Sessions –  https://tsdg-cmhwfos.eventbrite.co.uk

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund Webinars – https://tsdg-cmhwfw.eventbrite.co.uk

Any questions in relation to these sessions should be emailed to wellbeingfund@tsdg.org.uk or you can call the number below.

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway
Phone: 0300 303 8558
Address: 54 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AH

Lorna McCullough, Area Manager for Tweeddale        The Bridge The Volunteer Resource Centre  School Brae High Street Peebles EH45 8AT

Tel 01721 724354

My working days are Tuesday – Thursdays       email lorna.mccullough@thebridge.scot

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Community Led Local Development Fund 2022-23

Due to launch on 1st September. Open to constituted voluntary organisations, registered small businesses (including sole traders), registered charities and trusts, projects must be able to fully complete by 28th February 2023.

 Looking for Quick Turnaround Funding for local Projects?  

Applications must meet at least one of the 4 priorities:-

  • Rural Poverty Alleviation
  • Climate Change/Net Zero
  • Cultural Economic Recovery
  • Inclusive Growth (includes Community-Led Tourism and Creative Industries)

The Fund is being financed by Scottish Government who have allocated approximately £350,000 for Scottish Borders projects.

Level 1 Grants (up to £20,000)

Level 2 Grants (£20,001-£50,000)

Preference given to revenue or mostly revenue based applications

Decisions on funding will be made by the Scottish Borders Local Action Group (LAG) which has extensive experience in the administration and delivery of projects across the Scottish Borders.  The LAG is a group of members representing various agencies, public sector, small businesses and voluntary organisations across the Scottish Borders area who previously undertook decision making on LEADER programme projects.

If you have any projects which meet the above criteria, more information and an application form will be available from the LAG Staff Team at CLLDGrants@scotborders.gov.uk  when the fund is launched.

For more information on the LAG and how to become a member visit:- https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/20065/business_funding_and_grants/1231/local_action_groups 

Lorna McCullough, Area Manager for Tweeddale        The Bridge The Volunteer Resource Centre  School Brae High Street Peebles EH45 8AT

Tel 01721 724354

My working days are Tuesday – Thursdays       email lorna.mccullough@thebridge.scot

The Bridge is a member of the Borders Third Sector Partnership

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News from Home Energy Scotland

From: SEPartnerships <partnerships@se.homeenergyscotland.org>
Sent: 25 August 2022 14:07
Subject: News from Home Energy Scotland

You may have recently received the Home Energy Scotland Partnerships Newsletter (sign up here) but we wanted to send you a more local update from the South East Centre. Attached you will find an overview of the new Warmer Homes Scotland criteria, details on our competition, upcoming events and more.

I have also attached a leaflet for partners to support you to identify householders who may be eligible for Warmer Homes Scotland. You may have already attended one of our drop-in sessions but if you would like to hear more, please sign up for our webinar hosted by Home Energy Scotland and Warmworks, providing a comprehensive overview of the Warmer Homes Scotland programme and the new criteria.

Wednesday, 14 September 10am – 11.30am

Sign up now: https://bit.ly/WarmerHomesScotlandevent (held on Zoom)

Please let me know if you would like any posters/leaflets/digital content from us or would benefit from a catch up meeting about our services.

Morag Cockburn  Senior Partnerships Officer

Click here for a leaflet or click here for a newsletter

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Volunteering at Nomad



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Subject: [OFFICIAL] Lidl Neighbourly Campaign

Lidl are currently running a ‘Feed it Back’ programme in a way to tackle food poverty.  Surplus food is available to community groups, foodbanks, charities and schools through their Neighbourly campaign.  Further information including how to apply can be found at this link: https://www.neighbourly.com/FeedItBack

Hannah Lacon Community Engagement Officer   Communities and Partnerships  Resilient Communities   Scottish Borders Council

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Energy Saving Trust are pleased to announce the relaunch of the eBike Grant Fund. 

Transport Scotland has committed a further £900,000 of funding to assist local authorities, public sector agencies, further and higher education institutions, active travel hubs and community groups to adopt ebikes as a sustainable alternative to car journeys. The fund can be used to cover the cost of ebikes, etrikes, ecargo bikes, cargo bikes and trailers, tandems, adapted cycles, trikes and associated equipment.

The eBike Grant Fund will continue to be split into two separate streams.

  • Category A offers up to £25,000 of funding towards projects that will provide opportunities to communities to trial ebikes.
  • Category B offers up to £200,000 of funding per application towards large scale fleets of pool bikes or public bikeshare/hire schemes and promoting large scale uptake of ebikes.  

Projects can also apply for extra funding, limited to 5% of the total project cost, to provide subsidised access to ebike hire for targeted groups. This is to ensure that these target groups, such as those on low incomes, with disabilities or mobility issues, jobseekers, modern apprentices, young people, and students have equal access to ebike opportunities.

More information, including our guidance and information document can be found on our webpage here – eBike Grant Fund available in Scotland – Energy Saving Trust

Please email ebikegrantsscot@est.org.uk to request an application form if you are interested.

Thanks    eBike Grant Fundhttps://energysavingtrust.org.uk/

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Useful Links from Scottish Borders Council and Elsewhere

Access to Winter Hardship Fund

Click this link  for a PDF with useful information

Government Time Out scheme for Carers

Click this link for a PDF with more information

Information about Tweeddale Food Banks

Click this link for a PDF with more information


Young Person’s Travelpass. Applications and information about TravelPasses for young people up to the age of 22  can be found at the Transport Scotland Website

Home Heating Support Fund has funds to help people who have difficulty paying heating bills. Click this link for a pdf document with more information

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund has received fresh funds to help families across Scotland who are trapped in poverty and need urgent help. Small cash grants are available so that families can meet their basic needs such as food, heating, clothing and bedding. Full details of how to apply can be found on our website at https://www.aberlour.org.uk/service_category/urgent-assistance-fund/

Useful Help Numbers across Tweeddale  – Click this link to download a pdf flyer with lots of social services contact information for Tweeddale residents: Foodbanks, NHS, CAB, Financial Support etc

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Community Grants and Funding:  https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/20076/community_grants_and_funding/1152/queens_platinum_jubilee_fund_2022

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What is Togetherall?
Togetherall is an award-winning digital mental health service available at
togetherall.com. It offers 24/7 support, with trained clinicians online at all times, as
well as a range of helpful tools and resources.

Togetherall is widely commissioned in the NHS, as well as by local authorities,
employers, universities, and the Armed Forces. The service also offers anonymous
peer and community support, moderated and facilitated by trained clinicians.

For more information see:  https://togetherall.com/en-gb/



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Community Information about the Omicron Variant of Covid-19


Link to Scottish Borders Welfare Trust: 

Welfare Trust | Scottish Borders Council (scotborders.gov.uk)

Funding Updates