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Borders Buddies is a new project funded by the Tweeddale Community Fund to support groups & individuals in the Tweeddale locality of the Scottish Borders return to ‘normal activities’ as restrictions ease after the Covid 19 pandemic.

What We Are Doing

We know that not everyone will feel comfortable about meeting up with others once restrictions ease, even if the guidelines tell you it’s ok and you know it should be safe enough.  We are here to support individuals and  groups to get together in a way that feels right for them.

This could mean, for groups:

  • Working with you to write a bespoke risk assessment &  support to overcome practical obstacles and challenges
  • Suggest ideas for alternative options to your usual way of doing things
  • Provide taster sessions to talk you through
  • Provide specialist taster to build confidence
  • Loan of outdoor equipment
  • Provide digital support for those not ready for face to face

We can support individuals to take small steps by:

  • Helping you find a suitable buddy to support you with what you’d like to do
  • Providing support to go through the practical and emotional challenges or obstacles to ‘getting back to normal’
  • Providing digital support if you don’t feel ready to go back out yet
  • Access to virtual resources you can access online
Virtual Activities

During the pandemic we worked with local artists, to create a series of wellbeing and relaxation videos. From yoga to storytelling and song, there are videos for adults and wee ones to enjoy!  The video can all be found on our YouTube channel.

For more Information

If you or your group are in the Tweeddale locality of the Scottish Borders and  would like some support, get in touch with or

Project Blogs

  • Borders Buddies Resources

    Posted September 9th 2021

    Borders Buddies is a project by Outside the Box, funded by the Scottish Borders Tweeddale Community Fund. The broad aims of the project are to […]

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  • Borders Buddies. A new project supporting people in the Scottish Borders to address barriers and enjoy their communities!

    Introducing Borders Buddies

    Posted May 27th 2021

    OTB South-East are very pleased to announce the official launch of our Borders Buddies project! Thanks to funding from Scottish Borders Council Community Fund for […]

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