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SB Connect Winter 2016


Budget boost for education

Careful forward planning allows extra funds for schools and social work despite tough times read more

Tying the knot at Gunsgreen House

The first wedding to take place in Eyemouth’s newly restored Gunsgreen House was held in February. read more

Spring clean into action

More volunteers are needed to take part in a Spring Clean in the Borders. read more

Bordering on excellent

Help us improve the services that you use read more

Pupils love new school

Community thrilled as state-of-the-art £8.5m building is opened. read more

Home Helpers

Volunteers provide support to young people leaving care and moving into flats read more

BUDGET: How we’re building in success

In this year’s budget, the Council is protecting frontline services and encouraging growth for the future. Here we focus on four areas in detail read more

A brilliant effort in the big freeze

Council staff pull out all the stops for Borderers read more

We celebrate great design

The Council’s Design Award Scheme honours brilliant buildings read more

Ideas exchange

Social Work’s James learned a great deal on a visit to South Africa read more

We're determined to make a difference

A new campaign to tackle antisocial behaviour targets persistent offenders read more


Team from Tweedbank is top of the class!

A team of four Primary Six pupils from Tweedbank Primary School was crowned top of the class at the Scottish Borders Euroquiz held in Galashiels. read more

Pupils revel in foul play

Pupils at Westruther Primary School have decided to take action against dog fouling around their school. read more

Make sure you’ve the X factor

A General Election must be held by 3 June 2010. read more

Raising hygiene standards

All retail and catering establishments in the Borders, including supermarkets, restaurants, bars, takeaways and hotels, should now have been issued with a certificate. read more

Junior officers help more pupils walk the walk

Junior Road Safety Officers Robbie Reilly, Primary Seven, and Blayn Birchell, Primary Six, of St Joseph’s Primary School, helped to carry out a vehicle speed survey on Tower Street in Selkirk recently read more

Share a trip

Would you like to share a regular journey – to your workplace, for example? read more

Bookdonors is the start of a new chapter

The Future Jobs Fund has got off to a flying start with four vacancies filled. read more

Teachers branching out

The first Forest Schools Training programme, which provides school teachers and staff with the unique skills to deliver outdoor learning experiences, kicked off at Bowhill House Estate recently. read more

Customer Services is ringing the changes

The Council’s Customer Services team is improving the way it provides services to you, our customers, with two new initiatives. read more

Ye canny beat it!

Households across the Borders are being encouraged to get ‘canny’ and cut down on food waste. read more

New Lauder school is a great facility

Lauder Primary School re-opened on 1 December last year. read more

Making a clean start

Cleaners at Lauder Primary School have been praised by parents for keeping the new building immaculately clean. read more

Time for children

A new integrated service for children with additional needs has been launched. read more

Want to work with us?

Do you currently do business with the Council – or are you looking to win Council contracts in the future? read more

Childminding scheme ‘made the difference'

An evening of celebration was held at Council HQ recently to mark five years of the Supported Childminding Scheme, which provides free childcare to help families through stressful times. read more

Pupils say a big thanks

Burnfoot Community School pupils have presented Roads and SBLocal workers with a giant handmade ‘thank you’ card to show appreciation for their huge snow-clearing efforts – which allowed the pupils to read more

Langlee - from pavements to ‘Puffin’ crossings

A total of £432,000 has been spent by the Council on improvements to Langlee over seven years, with £200,000 being spent in the past two years. read more

Chex this out!

A total of 39 local youth-led projects have been awarded grants adding up to more than £60,000 by the local grant-giving panel Youth Chex. read more

Dive in to LEADER

The Scottish Borders LEADER 2007-2013 Programme continues to award grants to projects which promote rural development through innovative, sustainable, community-led projects. read more

New facilities set to attract more tourists

Jedburgh has been earmarked to receive more than £600,000 of Scottish Government funding for a range of visitor improvements across the town centre this year. read more

Green light for services

Services for older people in the Borders have been the subject of a wide-ranging, intensive review since 2007. read more

Would you like an allotment? Get in touch

The Council is investigating setting up more allotments. read more

School children have bags of enthusiasm!

Borders pupils collected a staggering 38,637kg of textiles last year, raising £11,591 for their schools. read more

RADAR is the key

A RADAR key allows independent access for people with disabilities to around 7000 fully accessible toilets in the UK. read more

Celebrate the diversity of life in the Borders

2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations, to celebrate the richness of life on Earth. read more

Let’s take a walk!

A simple stroll with a ‘Walk It’ group can lead to better health read more

Get out in Melrose with our new guide

The Borders offers mile upon mile of walking opportunities – exploring rolling hills, extensive mature forests, moorlands, river valleys, rocky coast and historic towns and villages. read more

Swift action helps make Borders a safer place

SB Wardens are now fully established in the Borders, with the tenth member joining the team in February this year. read more

PE teachers give golf a go

The drive to give more primary school children the opportunity to play golf has been moving fast, with many PE teachers being trained to deliver the national junior golf programme’s introductory game read more

Class champs

Sporting stars visit schools to inspire a winning attitude read more