This is an update for people who have taken part in or supported the Borders Buddies project in Tweeddale over the last months. As you may know, this project was kindly funded by Scottish Borders Council Community Fund for one year. Although this funding stream has now ended, we have a few offshoots and partnership projects happening in the meantime. We are also hoping to extend the project if we are successful with a new funding bid, so watch this space!


Garden Buddies and other Greener Peebles happenings

Greener Peebles welcome people of all ages and abilities to their volunteering sessions in the accessible community garden on a Tuesday and Friday morning. If you would like a ‘buddy’ to go along with to these or any of the sessions listed please get in touch with me (Ruth) 07711 210431 or email

They also have a few (free) special events coming up in the garden:

  • Seed collecting Skillshare: Friday 12th August, 10.30-11.30: learn how to save seeds and save money!
  • Spanish Skillshare: 17th and 24th August 10-12 noon (10-11 for beginners, 11-12 for intermediate level)
  • Music Wellbeing Skillshare: Friday 19th August: discover how music can help improve your wellbeing (led by Health in Mind)
  • Herbal Skillshare: Friday 19th August 2-3pm – showcasing the herb garden, making tea, plantain balm and herb oil.
  • Singing for Wellbeing: Monday 22nd August, 2.30-3.30pm
  • Mental Health Conversations and Stigma Skillshare: Friday 26th August 11am-1pm. Learn how to have important conversations about mental health (led by Health in Mind)

Golf in Society
With partners Golf in Society, we hope to run two taster sessions in accessible golf for all ages and abilities. There will be free refreshments and a chance for family members or carers to meet and share any issues. Likely times/dates are 31st August 10-12 and 14th September 10-12. Please contact Ruth to sign up.

Pottery sessions
Rosie the Mindful Potter is offering a couple of free pottery sessions, come along and throw a pot! Contact Ruth for details.

Families and Mums
We have been hearing from mums and families about the challenges and issues they face, especially during Covid. Our plans are to keep in touch and hopefully to find funding to help address some of these issues locally. Some families have benefitted from Borders Buddies – especially supporting young adults. We also have a ‘Borders Families Wellbeing’ Facebook group for sharing of local free events and things of interest for families.

Organised by others

Peebles Stroke Club
Meets fortnightly on a Monday afternoon in the lounge at the Community Centre (Drill Hall) from 2 – 4pm. Each session costs £2 for refreshments. They don’t provide transport. Open to anyone living with stroke and their family, friends and carers, with GP permission to exercise.

Dementia-friendly Tweeddale drop-ins
11th and 25th August and every second and fourth Thursday in month Dementia-friendly Tweeddale is up and running and holding regular informal coffee
afternoons at the Masonic Hall in Peebles (Northgate). This is a chance for people living with dementia and their families, carers and friends to meet and share a cuppa, find support and share experiences. Entry by donation £2.50

Cycling Without Age
Free rides on a safe open trishaw for those with mobility issues; there are now groups in both Peebles and Innerleithen. Contact via Facebook: The Cleikum Belle, Innerleithen or CWA Peebles.


Outside the Box is a small community development charity which supports people of all ages and abilities to develop connections in their communities. This could be geographical communities (e.g. Tweeddale) or communities of interest (e.g. new Scots, LGBTQ+). Please see our website get in touch with (phone 07711 210431) for more information or to discuss possible new projects or partnerships.

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