Relationships Scotland (Scottish Borders)

Charity registered in Scotland SC000979

Counselling and mediation of people with relationship difficulties.


Current opportunities

Relationship Scotland Borders is looking for a Treasurer to support our Trustee Board. Our work covers the whole of the Scottish Borders, supporting individuals, couples, families and young people experiencing relationship difficulties. Role Description: The Treasurer will ensure good governance of our finances and they will need. We will consider part qualified or trainee accountants looking for their first Charity role if they can provide us with the financial stewardship required. Time commitment for the role will be approximately half a day per month, which includes 4 Trustee meetings each year. There is a requirement to undertake 4 hours of bookkeeping a month and to manage the accounts of the charity. We are only a small charity with 5 part time employees and minimal transactions each month.

Volunteers work with our Duty Officers to help bring families experiencing difficulties back together. Children and parents naturally belong together but there are often barriers to overcome. From broken marriages/relationships to estranged parents/grandparents to parents rehabilitating from jail or addiction. We believe that positive and healthy relationships are at the heart of a successful and vibrant Scotland. Relationships are under greater pressure than ever before, with family breakdown costing the Scottish economy around £3 billion each year. (Relationships Foundation – Cost of Family Breakdown Index 2013) One in five couples in Scotland experienced significant relationship difficulties during lockdown and 6% of couples decided to separate. (Census-wide research undertaken on behalf of Relationships Scotland and Relate, 2020). Scottish Government research found that many organisations had a significant increase in referrals from women experiencing domestic abuse and mental health difficulties. (Scottish Government, Covid 19: Domestic Abuse and other forms of violence, 18 Sept 2020) Our service receives government funding to assist in keeping children in touch with their families when times are difficult. Role Description : Volunteers assist the Contact Centre Duty Officers to prepare the Centre for families by ensuring a safe space and getting out toys, books etc for them to use. They also help create a warm and social atmosphere which encourages children to relax and enjoy their visit. Volunteers support the contact between children and visiting parents or grandparents. They can sometimes provide refreshments for children and their families and seek to protect children from conflict. They can also take children from one parent to another if the parents don't want to meet.