Volunteer Centre Borders
Established in 2005, our aims are to develop and promote volunteering for all, improve volunteering opportunities, remove barriers to participation and to monitor the success of volunteering for the Scottish Government.
We work in partnership with many volunteer-involving organisations and projects, to promote good practice, recruit and place volunteers and to raise the awareness of the importance of volunteering.
We are also active members of the Borders Third Sector Partnership along with The Bridge, Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service and the Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber.
The Partnership provides a link between Scottish Government and Local Authority and represents the Third Sector on the Community Planning Partnership. The Partners aim to promote and support volunteering, social enterprise and the growing social economy, community development and third sector organisations.
Voluntary Action Scotland supports us at national level. More can be found here .
Volunteering - how and why?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities. Local health support groups, sporting activities and events, arts and crafts classes - just some of the things made possible because of volunteers.
By giving your time you're helping the organisation you volunteer for, you're helping the people, communities, animals or environments they represent and you are improving your own health and wellbeing.
Tell us your interests and what your area you might like to volunteer in and we will find the right opportunity for you.
These include activities such as befriending, helping at events, driving, fundraising, conservation activities or providing support to children and older people.
Volunteering also doesn't need to be done on your own – more and more people are looking for ways to volunteer as a family and many organisations see volunteering as a great way to build teams.
We can also provide tailored training, for example to help organisations recruit and retain volunteers and our Volunteer Friendly Award is a simple standard to recognise groups that are good at working with volunteers.