Outside the Box (Scottish Borders)

Outside the Box provides development support to groups and people across Scotland who want to make a difference in their communities.
We began in 2004. We are a small, independent charity and aim to work as a social enterprise.
We give practical support and enable people to learn the types of skills that are important both for establishing new ventures and for sustaining them.
We assist people to contribute on issues that are about how their community or how society works. For example, we support people to share their skills and experiences, work with others to develop community-based solutions to challenges they experience, and have their voices heard in policy.
We encourage people to think of themselves and other people as citizens, rather than as recipients of services or as people who are restricted by a particular description or label.

Current opportunity

Give some of your time to support someone in Tweeddale to build their confidence to ‘get back’ post-pandemic. Borders Buddies is a project funded by Scottish Borders Council Tweeddale Community Fund. It was begun because we were hearing from people who were feeling increasingly isolated and disconnected during Lockdown. Some of them had lost touch with friends or groups, some had lost some physical ability. Others had just lost confidence about rejoining groups or getting back to previous activities, even when the rules said it was ok to do this now. We are looking for ‘Buddies’ in the Tweeddale area to befriend people to support them to get back to doing what they would like to do. In some cases this may just involve going round to a garden for a chat every so often. In others it could mean escorting someone to a club or group activity, or even on a bus to do their shopping! You would be fully supported by our relevant policies and risk assessments, and reasonable expenses would be reimbursed. Dates and times to be confirmed. You can meet a person first to see if you get on; after that a regular commitment would be good, we understand that volunteers may need to take a break at times or circumstances may change, which is fine too