Borders Buddies Resources

Borders Buddies Resources Posted September 9th 2021 by Christine 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 support people and groups to reconnect and start getting back to doing things they enjoyed doing before the pandemic. This little…

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Connection and Learning with Digital Buddies Update on where things are going The Digital Buddies project has felt unbelievably wholesome and energising from the start. Now we can support more people to get involved – across Scotland and across generations – the possibilities are growing! We’ve been able to access more funding to support people…

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Tips for inclusive family groups and buggy walks New Tips guide for family groups Read and download our new resource: Tips for inclusive family groups and buggy walks. This blog shares why we think informal social connections and support among families is powerful – and ideas for shaping inclusive groups. Family connections and supportive peer…

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Digital Buddies how-to guides and videos

Digital Buddies how-to guides Digital access and peer learning Getting online and learning digital skills can be transformative – or frustrating. It can take ages to work out how to change accessibility settings on your phone, download a banking app, or listen to a podcast. In the Digital Buddies project, we’ve had the benefit of being…

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

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 Tweeddale, we are able to deliver this important new project to support people to start to get back to normal activities.   We know that not everyone will feel comfortable…

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Connect with nature: opportunities for outdoor volunteering in Falkirk

Connecting with Nature Outdoor Volunteering in Falkirk This Mental Health Awareness Week the theme is nature. Studies have consistently shown that spending time outdoors is good for your mental wellbeing and can even reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. The Falkirk team are showcasing some of the wonderful local groups with outdoor volunteering opportunities. If…

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Left-handed crafting for mental health - finding new ways to craft and create through challenges

Left-handed crafts for mental health Crafting to support our mental health This blog shares some of our thoughts on how crafting can help our mental health and wellbeing. But there can be barriers to doing crafts or working on art , especially when we’re doing it on our own. There’s a reason knitting circles have…

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Flour to the people

Flour to the People Supporting local baking connections The Falkirk Food Connections team were recently involved in supporting an exciting project run by Forth Environment Link and Scotland The Bread, called Flour To The People. Scotland The Bread grow heritage wheat varieties and mill it into flour in Scotland. The flour they produce is nutrient…

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Nature is Everywhere: wellbeing ideas from Permission to Dream

Outdoors for wellbeing #9 – Nature is everywhere Finding nature wherever we are Throughout this series we have been focussing on the benefits of nature to our wellbeing. Whether it’s forest bathing or looking after houseplants, interacting with nature not only brings us joy but can make us calmer, more content and improve our mood.…

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Digital buddies: digital how-to guides

Digital Buddies tablet how-to guides Digital access and peer learning Since the Digital Buddies project began, it’s been a steep learning curve! It’s led to lots of learning for us at Outside the Box, and for older people connecting to the internet for the first time with new tablets. We realised the peer-support and shared…

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