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SB Connect Winter 2016


Safe and happy

A new team is dedicated to making Borderers’ lives better in public, at home and on the roads read more

Could you care for these kids?

Ann and John* are just two of a number of children in the Borders who need a family right now. read more

House rules

Did you know that private landlords and their agents that rent property in the Borders must be registered with the Council? read more

Last-minute save for town hall

Building work has begun to save historic Greenlaw Town Hall, which was earmarked for demolition just last year. read more

Healthy long lives

A handbook for the over-50s is full of advice and handy tips read more

How did we perform?

From roads to recycling, the Council and partners are striving to make the Borders a great place to live and work read more

Branches everywhere!

How to recycle your Xmas trees read more

Hatches, matches and dispatches...and much more

When you think of registrars, you probably think ‘births, deaths and marriages’… and you’d be right. But recording important life events isn’t all they do – here’s a handy A-Z of the services registra read more

Gala’s road map is all set for change

Why Galashiels needs an Inner Relief Road read more

ASP athletes aim for Games

Second anniversary celebrations shine spotlight on four rising sports stars from the Borders read more


Plans to increase recycling

Council aims to hit tough targets read more

Tributes to our war heroes win awards

The Borders has won nearly a quarter of the accolades for the best-kept war memorials in Scotland this year. read more

Have your say on the strategy for dementia

The Borders currently has a higher number of older people than many other areas in Scotland and this number is set to increase over the next 10 years. read more

Healthy school meals using local products

A special task force has developed a strategy for the next two to three years to increase the uptake of school meals, improve the eating habits of children, provide better quality school meals and use read more

Junk becomes art at ‘Our Zero Waste’

The campaign to reduce waste and meet challenging Government targets has continued with an ‘Our Zero Waste’ exhibition. read more

Recycling award for landfill partnership

Bookdonors and the Council have scooped a ‘Best Partnership Award’ for their work in reducing the number of items going to landfill. read more

Earlston’s ‘Bayeux Tapestry’

Earlston High School pupils have been creating a giant textile which they hope will raise money to support an impoverished community in upper west Ghana. read more

Council recognised as an Investor in People

The Council has now become one of a very small number of local authorities in Scotland to achieve Investors in People (IIP) recognition – a national, externally assessed, quality standard that sets a read more

From schools to kitchens, our architects do it all

Did you know that the Council has a team of architects? read more

Activities given a boost with schools access

Community access to the three new high schools is proving to be a runaway success, with a considerable increase in the number of sports and cultural event bookings at the state-of-the-art facilities. read more

Off to school with a spring in their step

The School Travel team of Karen McGrath and Philippa Gilhooly has been busy making journeys to school safer and raising awareness of environmental issues. read more

We can see yoooouu!

Primary school pupils will be highly visible when they go out walking this winter thanks to a supply of new high-visibility bibs provided the Eildon Group. read more

Schools’ great challenge

The eco-challenge is kicking off for its second year. read more

Get festive and stay local

DON’T forget that festive shopping in the Borders is an experience not to be missed. read more

New approach to social work

National plans to ‘personalise’ social work services are currently being investigated in the Borders in a one-year project. read more

Coping in an emergency

Effective plans are in place to ensure essential Council services continue to be delivered in a crisis, according to the British Standards Institute. read more

Make the most of your energy

Is your home cold, damp, draughty or hard to heat? Are you worried about your fuel bills? If so, the Energy Assistance Package can help. read more

Many benefits at out-of-school clubs in the area

Out-of-school clubs are proving popular, giving an opportunity for school-age children to play, learn and have fun – and welcome childcare for busy parents. read more

Where your car park money goes

Ever wondered what happens to the money collected from pay and display parking machines in Galashiels? read more

Help for those at risk

‘Act Against Harm’ is a Government campaign to raise awareness of new laws to protect people at risk of harm. read more

A rich floral tribute to our communities

The 2009 Floral Gateway competition had the highest number of entries yet. read more

How to make an event out of it!

Following a year of great events in the Borders, plans are already being put in place for more next year. read more

Second coaching conference planned

Following the success of this year’s coaching conference at Peebles Hydro, plans are well under way for a similar event to be held on Sunday 14 March at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels. read more

Coaching Scholarship scheme launched

A new coaching scholarship scheme has been launched, with the aim of encouraging sports coaches to develop their careers. read more