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SB Connect Winter 2016


Winter: we’re in it together

We all need to prepare for harsh weather… and help each other when it comes read more

Get there safely

Winter driving requires a little extra care, so make sure you’re prepared before you get behind the wheel read more

How does the Council decide which roads to treat?

Our gritting priorities during freezing weather read more

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

A few simple checks will prepare you for the conditions read more

Caught in snow: what should I do?

Tips for freeing a stuck car read more

Don’t let potholes drive you potty

Help us by reporting them read more

Helping each other

Communities are working together during emergencies read more

Our goal: to keep schools open

Education, safety and welfare are our top priorities read more

Will bad weather affect bin collections?

Local radio, social media and our website will keep you up to date read more

Have festive fun, get home safely

Plan ahead for a more enjoyable night out read more

Shine a light on dog dirt

Take a torch so you can pick up your dog’s mess during dark walks read more

No magic cure

Antibiotics are no use against colds and flu – so rest and wrap up instead read more

Take preventative action against flu

Simple vaccination gives effective protection read more

Make sure you look after your neighbours

Check on the elderly and vulnerable during cold weather read more

Pipe protection

A few simple steps can save you from burst plumbing read more

What if there’s a power cut?

Three simple steps to take if the electricity goes off read more

Have an emergency kit at the ready

It’s easy to be prepared read more

Now underfloor insulation is free, too!

Save up to £60 a year on your energy bills read more

How to contact us

Your guide to staying in touch with Scottish Borders Council read more

It’s easy to keep up to date…

Lots of ways to stay in touch with the Council read more

Share your winter pictures with us

Tweet them, put them on Facebok or join our Flickr group read more

All of Scotland is getting prepared

We support the Ready Scotland campaign read more


Get involved

Local Forums are a great way to find out about the services in your neighbourhood, and to develop them read more

Summer of celebration

Borders host Princess celebration and cycling ‘royalty’ read more

What your Council website can do for you

Access Council services online read more

We provide essential services to you every day

Have your say on how we allocate the Council budget read more

Funding brings new services

An extra £1.23m means three new programmes are available to help people experiencing domestic abuse read more

Here to support you through welfare reform changes

Local organisations work together to ensure advice is available read more

Worried about your memory? Go and see your GP

Help is available read more

New services get you there

Getting to health care or hospital appointments is now easier read more

A helping hand to help young people move on

You could guide a 16 to 21-year-old to independence read more

SDS has taken Graeme in a new direction

New system makes life better read more

Do you own an empty home?

Project aims to help owners sell, rent or reoccupy houses read more

Switch on to recycling

Electrical items can be dismantled and used again read more

Put your old clothes in the bank…

… the clothing bank, that is. And with three more in the Borders, it’s now easier than ever to make a ‘deposit’ read more

Food waste is a recipe for environmental disaster

Buy less…and have fewer Christmas leftovers read more

Pupils out in force to support cyclists

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish lead out Jedburgh stage of Tour of Britain read more

Princess Anne visits to celebrate Jubilee

Princess Royal in Melrose to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne read more

Borders Council congratulates Olympians and Paraly

Competitors are an ‘inspiration’ read more

Special ‘MBE’ to honour Blind Club

Queens Award for Voluntary Service is a testament to the group’s work read more

Who qualifies and how do I get one?

Your at-a-glance guide to Blue Badges read more

Say no to scams

Criminals are stealing £3.5bn each year read more

Don’t let a cuppa scar your child

Put hot drinks out of reach and prevent accidents read more

Crucial Crew celebrates 20 years of safety

This year the programme educates pupils of dangers posed by trains read more

Students steer towards a safer future

Sixth years take part in Driving into the future read more

Spotlight on ‘honour’ violence

Scottish Government introduces helpline read more

Here to support

Suicide Prevention Week raised awareness of how to help people in crisis read more

New teachers welcomed

Latest cohort of classroom teachers begin their training year in the Borders read more

Artwork provides a lasting legacy

Clovenfords Primary celebrates beautiful contributions to the school read more

‘It is possible to break through the barriers’

Leaving care and going to university isn’t easy, but it is possible, says Jenny read more

Paved with song

Fish officially opens Galashiels town centre improvements read more

Need financial support for your business?

Two funds available for local companies read more

Walkers head for Tweeddale

Annual Walking Festival sees visitors and locals enjoy wonderful weather read more

Go down to the woods

Take in the Teviot, Violet Woods and Wilton Lodge Park read more

Pupils spread the word about St Cuthbert

Information boards at restored summerhouse feature children’s work read more

Library lab brews fun

Summer Reading Challenge is a hit read more