AGM – May 2022

After a break of two years, we’re pleased to be holding our Fresh Start Borders AGM 2022 at our premises – Unit 9B, Tweed Mills, Dunsdale Rd, Selkirk, TD7 5DZ – on Wednesday 25 May at 7pm. All welcome. From Dunsdale Rd, turn in at Lochcarron/Tweed Mills Business Park; we are on the 2nd row … Read more

Free Charity Hosting by Kualo – Feb 2022

We’re delighted to be able to thank our Web Host and Domain Registrar, Kualo, for agreeing to provide future hosting of this website for free, under their Free Charity Hosting by Kualo arrangement.

Website Upgrade – Feb 2022

We have upgraded our website, replacing the fixed-width theme with a new fluid layout that should make it easier to view and interact with on mobile devices, particularly smartphones. It also means that these news items can be subscribed to by RSS.

Donation from Asda green tokens scheme

We have received a £200 donation from the Asda Green Token Giving programme: we were runner-up in the online vote for Asda Galashiels. Huge thanks to whoever nominated us and everyone who voted for us!

Restricted donation times

Our volunteers have been keeping busy making up emergency home starter packs throughout the pandemic. Current Covid-19 restrictions and limited storage space mean that we can only receive donations on Wednesday mornings from 10-10.30am and only take certain items at the moment: Kitchen equipment: casserole dishes, saucepans, frying pans, tumblers, cutlery and tea towels. Bedding: … Read more

Cash for Kids

We’re delighted to have been awarded a grant of £2,000 from Radio Borders Cash for Kids fund. We will use this to buy new bedding and bath towels for all children included in our referrals this year.

Donations roll in

We have received a generous donation of £100 from Widows Sons Scotland East Chapter, who have raised money for three local charities, including Fresh Start Borders.

New Home for Fresh Start

We are happy to be fully settled into our new premises in Tweed Mills in Dunsdale Road. We received so much support and practical assistance from local organisations and individuals who helped us to fit out the unit and move all our stock across in the New Year; it would have been impossible without you … Read more

Primary Care

Congratulations to Mrs Jones’ class at Stow Primary School for winning a competition, and thanks to them for donating £30 of their prize shopping vouchers. What thoughtful and generous young people. We used the vouchers to buy items specifically for home starter packs for families with children.

Flood help

Our volunteers were busy this morning making up emergency packs for families in Newcastleton who’ve been affected by the floods. We were happy to step up when the local homeless service asked if we could help them out.