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 opportunities

Support older people in the Scottish Borders to get digitally connected to friends, family & the wider world. We would like to pair up all the older people who are involved with a digital buddy. We are looking for people who can spare a little time to help an older person practise, give them a little encouragement and be there if they need a little help remembering how to do something going at the pace that they feel works for them. You don 't need to be an expert just know your way around the internet, shopping online, downloading Apps etc... We will provide you and the person you are supporting step by step photo instructions for whatever the task is that the person would like to learn how to do. Initially the support will be either by telephone or outdoors. In time as the restrictions ease and guidance allows these may move to be indoor in cafes and potentially other indoor settings but this will be dependent on how both yourself as the volunteer and the person you are supporting feel about this.

Support older people in the Scottish Borders to get digitally connected to friends, family & the wider world. We would like to pair up all the older people who are involved with a digital buddy. We are looking for people who can spare a little time to help an older person practise, give them a little encouragement and be there if they need a little help remembering how to do something going at the pace that they feel works for them. You don 't need to be an expert just know your way around the internet, shopping online, downloading Apps etc... We will provide you and the person you are supporting step by step photo instructions for whatever the task is that the person would like to learn how to do. Initially the support will be either by telephone or outdoors. In time as the restrictions ease and guidance allows these may move to be indoor in cafes and potentially other indoor settings but this will be dependent on how both yourself as the volunteer and the person you are supporting feel about this.

Support older people in the Scottish Borders to get digitally connected to friends, family & the wider world. We would like to pair up all the older people who are involved with a digital buddy. We are looking for people who can spare a little time to help an older person practise, give them a little encouragement and be there if they need a little help remembering how to do something going at the pace that they feel works for them. You don 't need to be an expert just know your way around the internet, shopping online, downloading Apps etc... We will provide you and the person you are supporting step by step photo instructions for whatever the task is that the person would like to learn how to do. Initially the support will be either by telephone or outdoors. In time as the restrictions ease and guidance allows these may move to be indoor in cafes and potentially other indoor settings but this will be dependent on how both yourself as the volunteer and the person you are supporting feel about this.

Support older people in the Scottish Borders to get digitally connected to friends, family & the wider world. We would like to pair up all the older people who are involved with a digital buddy. We are looking for people who can spare a little time to help an older person practise, give them a little encouragement and be there if they need a little help remembering how to do something going at the pace that they feel works for them. You don 't need to be an expert just know your way around the internet, shopping online, downloading Apps etc... We will provide you and the person you are supporting step by step photo instructions for whatever the task is that the person would like to learn how to do. Initially the support will be either by telephone or outdoors. In time as the restrictions ease and guidance allows these may move to be indoor in cafes and potentially other indoor settings but this will be dependent on how both yourself as the volunteer and the person you are supporting feel about this.