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SB Connect Winter 2016


Could you ASSIST?

Teenager turned teacher after suicide prevention class read more

Help reshape care for older people

New partnership to examine how to improve services read more

We’re helping communities take more control

Empowering residents to improve services in their community read more

Relief road will benefit everyone

Infrastructure improvement is now under way read more

Voice your opinion on local plans

The Local Development Plan is out for consultation read more

Let’s play

Huge investment in playgrounds read more

Out and about

St Cuthbert’s Way and Lindean Loch are great places to enjoy the fresh air read more

Get Online and Learn

Bookmarks tell you all you need to get computer literate read more

Changes to libraries and contact centres

Work has begun to establish an integrated library and contact centre service read more

Arena to boost next generation

The new 3G Arena Netherdale is a huge success read more


Providing for foster care

Scottish Borders Council has approved an increase in fees and allowances for foster carers and introduced a retainer payment for when carers are without a placement read more

Who would you like to see taking these seats?

The next Scottish Borders Council Election will be held on Thursday 3 May 2012 to elect the 34 councillors who will serve on the Council’s 11 multi-member wards read more

Informing residents

Welcome to the spring edition of SBConnect. Over the last few months, we have had some significant developments and news to share which I believe show that we have continued to excel in many areas read more

Voting in the Scottish Borders Council election

Everything that you need to know about casting your ballot on 3 May read more

Providing communities with the tools they need

Scottish Borders Council is empowering communities to come together in emergencies through our Resilient Communities initiative, which has received backing from the Scottish and UK Governments read more

Would your firm survive a crisis?

Small to medium-sized companies and sole traders are more vulnerable to an incident or crisis than any other read more

Success for safer communities team

The Borders was the most successful area at the National Safer Communities Awards 2012 in Glasgow recently as the Safer Communities Partnership picked up two awards read more

Benefitting from crimes of others

Local communities are set to benefit from Scottish Government funding secured by the Unpaid Work by Offenders team, part of the Criminal Justice Service read more

Tackling abuse

A new integrated approach to addressing domestic abuse is helping local criminal justice agencies improve the lives of many across the Borders read more

Get match fit

A new programme to support the mental wellbeing of men across the Borders is currently being run in Selkirk and Hawick read more

Advocacy service

Borders Independent Advocacy Service (BIAS) provides a free and confidential independent advocacy service for anyone in the Borders who has a health or social care need read more

Foster care fees rise announced

Recognition of vital role that foster carers play in the community read more

Let us walk with a clean step

Spring is a great time to get out and about in the beautiful Borders countryside but getting dog dirt on your shoes is sure to spoil your day read more

Having a say in shaping services

People with a learning disability and their carers are to become more involved in the decisions that affect the services they receive read more

Providing for the learning disabled

Local service providers will continue to play their part in the new governance structure through the Scottish Borders Learning Disability Providers Group read more

Hospital home to canvas mural

If you have a few minutes to spare next time you pass the Borders General Hospital, artists from the Gala Resource Centre would be grateful if you could take the time to visit their work read more

Real nappies help the environment

The arrival of a baby brings much more than gurgles and giggles read more

Supporting survivors of domestic abuse

Important film gives a voice to four brave women from rural Scotland read more

Diamond date for your diary

Christmas may seem like a distant memory to some of us, but the residents of Dunwhinny residential care home in Peebles are still talking about the celebrations they enjoyed read more

Gathering in Gala

Over 75 local housing association residents were given the chance to have their say at the first Older People in Galashiels gathering held in the Volunteer Hall recently read more

Volunteer to befriend someone who needs your help

Do you have a few hours a week, a fortnight or a month to spare? If so, Interest Link would like to hear from you read more

Staff educational achievements celebrated

The Council’s Achievers Awards ceremony is an annual event held to celebrate the commitment of Council staff to continuing personal and professional development read more

Tian Tian meets Tian Tian

Seven-year-old Tian Tian Brunton, who attends Kingsland Primary School in Peebles, was delighted when she heard a giant panda of the same name was coming to Edinburgh Zoo from China. read more

Historic weather vane restored

It turned out to be a significant piece of work to replace the weather vane on top of Galashiels’ iconic town clock read more

Gala’s past laid bare in new book

A book entitled Historic Galashiels is now available in local book shops and from Historic Scotland read more

Transforming centre of Kelso

Good progress is being made with the Kelso Traffic Management and Streetscape Scheme read more

Putting the fun in funding

There has never been a better time for communities to make a difference in their area and Scottish Borders Council is encouraging them to take advantage of the various funding opportunities available read more

Shedden Park improvements

Play facilities at Shedden Park in Kelso have recently been improved thanks to partnership working and community engagement read more

Businesses for tourism enterprise

Phil McCreadie has had a number of business roles over the years including Business Bank Manager, Account Manager and E-Business Manager for Scottish Enterprise read more