Borders Community Action, launched on 1 April 2023, is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) for the Scottish Borders.
We work to promote and develop a vibrant local third sector. We are a one-stop point for the third sector and work with charities, social enterprises, community groups and volunteering.
We offer the following services:
- Building capacity: help with setting up a new organisation, funding bids, training, drafting a constitution or other governing document, and developing volunteering capacity.
- Intelligence: this is our know-how, which makes us a one-stop-shop you can tap into to, so you efficiently use your time. We are the one place that can find you a volunteer or a place to volunteer. We know the right funding opportunities that you are eligible for. We know the benefits of each way you can constitute yourself, the polices and insurance you’ll need to operate safely. We know the training that you require to build your skills and services. We know similar organisations that you can buddy up with to learn from too.
- Voice: we take this rich data/intelligence and make sure it is heard by budget holders and policy makers to inform their funding and policy decisions.
- Connection: we bring together relevant activists and organisations to learn, share and collaborate.
In the Scottish Borders, the TSI was originally a partnership between four organisations - Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service, The Bridge, Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber and Volunteer Centre Borders.