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SB Connect Winter 2016


HOUSING: Building on our services

It may be surprising to learn that housing is the responsibility of the social work services department. read more

HOUSING: Now YOU have the choice

Berwickshire Housing Association, Eildon Housing Association and Waverley Housing have joined together to launch read more

HOUSING: Private tenants deal to start in New Year

The Local Housing Allowance is the new name for housing benefit for tenants in privately rented accommodation. read more

HOUSING: Meet Sandy, the energy saver!

Sandy Black is the Council’s home energy adviser. read more

HOUSING: Nursing help in the front line

A pilot project, launched in September by NHS Borders and the Council’s homelessness services team, read more

HOUSING: Homeless

But now, at the touch of a button, help is at hand read more

HOUSING: Making a better life for those in need

An independent inspection of the Council’s homelessness services was carried out recently by Communities Scotland. read more

HOUSING: Leading the way

The Council’s Private Sector Housing Team is playing a major role in implementing the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. read more

HOUSING: Updates will match needs

The local housing strategy, first launched in 2004, was updated this year to ensure it meets the changing read more

HOUSING: New housing declared open

Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell visited Galashiels for the official opening of read more

HOUSING: Private sector leasing

Orchard and Shipman has been appointed as managing agents to provide a private sector leasing (PSL) scheme on behalf of the Council. read more

HOUSING: SHIP shape for the future

Local authorities have to prepare a strategic housing investment plan (SHIP), which will provide a way to allocate funding read more

HOUSING: Tenants hold the key

Tenants in a new supported housing development at Todlaw in Duns were involved in the design and interior decorating of their new homes. read more

HOUSING: Marlene is there for you

Welfare benefits officer Marlene Paterson has been in post since November last year. Since then, she has helped 112 people who were facing eviction read more

Heart of Hawick

MORE than seven years in planning and development and two years in construction, Heart of Hawick is a unique regeneration project read more

The drive is on to keep us all safe

It’s winter again and the Council is providing one of its most essential services – making the roads and pavements as safe as possible in bad weather. read more

The need to belong

Families are needed to offer a permanent home to a child or a group of siblings. read more

The way forward

The Scottish Borders Community Plan, published in June last year, reflects the aspirations of local people, businesses and voluntary read more

How it all adds up

For all to see…the Council's audited accounts for 2006/7 read more

Together… we're making improvements

At the end of last year, the Council carried out a household survey with a random sample of local residents and received almost 4000 read more


Stalking on Water

The inaugural Mighty Deerstalker adventure run took place in March this year at Traquair, Innerleithen. And this unique… read more

Full steam ahead!

The reintroduction of the Waverley railway line has moved a step closer with the appointment of design engineers... read more

Caring and Repairing

After the success of a pilot project in the Eildon area, the Borders Care and Repair service has been rolled out… read more

Water way to wed!

It’s always a challenge for a registrar when a wedding venue is not a normal building. Registrar Lisa Lauder… read more

Raising the roof on love

Coldstream is being promoted as a top wedding destination, following the opening of the new-look marriage... read more

Access all areas

Friendship and feeling included are the most important things in making school life accessible. read more

Equipment that helps those in need

WHEN Karin Wood was in Kelso Hospital, she got a visit that helped make her life more comfortable. read more

How you can help the green machine

Borderers are getting greener every day. read more

Now the busy bees get a much bigger hive!

Busy Bees Nursery at Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk began as a crèche at Selkirk High School to help parents with read more

Cashmere firm's praise for local skills

An Iranian supplier of raw cashmere is now firmly established in Kelso. read more

Medicine man

A new Scots version of the Roald Dahl classic, George’s Marvellous Medicine, was launched at Melrose Library by author Matthew Fitt and pupils from Melrose Primary School. read more

Worried about domestic abuse?

It is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. read more

Sharon's sweet smell of success

A small local company has become so successful that it is moving out of the kitchen and into premises in Jedburgh. read more

Legion honour for Gala

The War Memorial in Galashiels has won an award. read more

Taking the heat out of the system

Like all big organisations, the council depends on its computer read more

Sir Walter - a leading light

Several regeneration projects have been carried out by the Council in Selkirk over the read more

Crackdown on housing and benefit fraud

Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit fraud costs council taxpayers nationally read more

Don't miss out on rates savings

Businesses in the Borders are missing out on a way to save money on read more

Carers praise handbook

Local carers have welcomed the latest version of a handbook that offers them read more

The prize places for eating out

The overall winner of this year’s Scottish Borders Eating Out competition was read more

Healthy - and FREE - meals for schoolchildren

More than 3000 Borders youngsters could get free and healthy school meals read more

Meet Iona, shadow councillor for Earlston

A student at Earlston High School got a glimpse of life in local government read more

Keep it in the family

An exhibition of artwork by three generations of the same family was on display recently at read more

Dig, Dig, Dig for Denholm

Pupils at Denholm Primary School held a ‘mass dig’ as building work on their new school got under way. read more

Wyman paints the town but…

The Eastgate Theatre in Peebles has been put firmly on the map of Scottish arts venues thanks, in part, to an exhibition of photographs read more

Leading the way

News Scheme to help fund local projects read more

Smart move by the kids

More than 80 per cent of secondary school pupils in the Borders have applied for Smartcard, the national entitlement card. read more

Spare a thought for the Christmas workers

You might not notice that they work 365 days a year read more

Let's not get too ratty in 2008!

the Chinese community in the Scottish Borders will be hosting a day of celebrations on 2 February 2008 to celebrate the Year of the Rat. read more

Grants give groups a big cash boost

A total of 87 grants amounting to £175,000 were awarded to local groups and organisations in 2006/07 under the the Council’s community grants scheme. read more

Flame of hope

An Olympic torch-style relay that strives to create goodwill among all nations visited the Borders during a 27,000km journey across Europe. read more

Sporting chance!

Showcase for local athletes read more

Budding stars' support

The new Scottish Borders Athlete Support Programme gives promising athletes and coaches the chance to get support to reach their potential. read more

Over to you coach

How would you like to help inspire, motivate and lead read more