Borders Buddies

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

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What we're 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 and 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

The impact it's having so far

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 videos can all be found on our YouTube channel.

If you or your group are in the Tweeddale locality of the Scottish Borders and  would like some support, get in touch with ruth.n@otbds.org or christine@otbds.org

Resources

MS Teams guide. A Borders Buddies resource

Borders Buddies – MS Teams Guide

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Tips for getting back to seeing friends, a Borders Buddies resource

Borders Buddies Tips for Getting Back to Seeing Friends

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Getting outdoors - tips for groups. A Borders Buddies project resource

Borders Buddies Getting Outdoors – Tips for Groups

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Getting outdoors - tips for individuals and families - a Borders Buddies project resource

Borders Buddies Getting Outdoors – Tips for Individuals & Families

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Supporting a group to start meeting up again - a Borders Buddies project resource

Borders Buddies – Supporting a Group to Start Meeting Up Again

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How to set up a telephone circle or tree. A Borders Buddies guide

Borders Buddies – Setting Up a Telephone Circle or Tree

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Tips for video calling. A Borders Buddies guide

Borders Buddies – Video Calling Tips

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Welcoming communities. A Borders Buddies project

Borders Buddies – Welcoming Communities

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Zoom how-to guide. A Borders Buddies resource

Borders Buddies – Zoom How to Guide

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