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Supporting Community and Voluntary Organisations

The Bridge is a Council for Voluntary Service and a community development organisation. As a Partner in the Borders Third Sector Interface (TSI) we aim to foster resilient and empowered communities in the Scottish Borders.

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What The Bridge Does:

We provide support to and representation for community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. As part of the Third Sector Interface, we:

  • act as a source of local intelligence
  • enable voices to be heard
  • connect the sector to develop leadership, vision and coordination
  • build capacity within local organisations to help them meet local needs.

Developing your organisation

Are you looking to start up, or grow an existing organisation? Or do you need help to develop a project and find out about funding opportunities?

See our Community Support pages »

Local Community Transport

Need help with getting out and about? Our wheelchair accessible services cover most of the Scottish Borders. Available for individuals with special mobility needs and non-profit making community / voluntary groups involved in activities of benefit to the community.

See our Community Transport pages »

Thrift Shops

Our Thrift Shops are social enterprises, supporting the community through re-use of clothing and household items at affordable cost. Staffed by a manager and a dedicated team of volunteers, the funds raised provide an additional income to support our local services.

See our Thrift Shop Locations »

Projects

Funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund, ‘Bridging the Gap through Knowledge Transfer’ aims to bring organisations together to share knowledge and information. Workshops on Greening your Community Building and running a Digitally-connected Learning Centre have taken place.

See our Projects pages »

Village and Community Halls

Home to a wide variety of community activities, village and community halls in the Borders are all run by local management committees and come together in Federations to share information. The Bridge provides the secretariats for the Central Borders, Peeblesshire and Roxburgh Federations, and can help you to make contact with individual Halls.

See our Village Halls pages »

Latest News:

  • The Warm and Well Fund

    The Warm and Well Fund has been launched by SBC to support voluntary, community and charity organisations to provide a warm space for local residents, families and friends who are struggling to heat their homes during the winter months.  They want to support a dignified approach for the allocation of this funding and are working in […]

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  • The Household Hardship Fund

    The Household Hardship Fund – a £1 million fund administered by Corra Foundation on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund – is now open.  The fund will provide grants between £500-£5,000 to local groups who will pass the money on in cash or vouchers directly to local families and individuals in need. More information, […]

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