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? We can also help you consult your community – the first step and the most important for a new project.

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. Each staffed by a manager and a dedicated team of volunteers, the funds raised provide an additional income to support our local services.

Come and visit – you will love the bargains and help us to help others too!

See our Thrift Shop Locations »


Funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund, ‘Bridging the Gap through Knowledge Transfer’ has brought organisations together to share knowledge and information and build their capacity. The result: workshops on Greening your Community Building and Developing a Digitally-connected Learning Centre, an informative conference “Ideas into Action”, and a Knowledge Bank of resources for the future.

See our Resources 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 »

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