The Scottish Borders is made up of mainly small towns and villages, each with its own unique identity, history and heritage. A strong voluntary and community sector ensures that a range of valuable services, projects and initiatives are provided alongside our services, improving quality of life. The introduction of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 has given new powers to communities, which are already being embraced by many of our communities.
The Communities and Partnerships Team works with and supports communities in the Borders on funding, community benefits, local community planning, and the best ways for ourselves, our partners and communities in the Borders to engage and work together. Our Team is an initial point of contact for queries relating to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Contact us and find out more.
Through a number of small grant schemes we support community and voluntary groups to develop projects and secure funding. We also provide advice and support to apply for external funding e.g. National Lottery.
Our Emergency Planning services help community councils to establish Resilient Communities Plans so that they are equipped to deal with adverse weather and emergency situations.
And a range of Community Learning opportunities are provided in each high school areas to support young people, adult learners and families.
Priorities for the future
- Implement the requirements of the Community Empowerment Act
- Involve service users and communities in service design and delivery
- Complete our pilot “Localities” approach in the Cheviot area (Kelso, Jedburgh and surrounding areas), and roll the approach out across the Borders
- Fully develop our Community Learning and Development (CLD) Strategic Plan 2015-18, aimed at improving life chances and quality of life
- Support commuites to prepare for emergencies (including use of SB Alert, our emergency messaging service)