Interest Link Borders

Run befriending services that link people with learning disabilities and volunteers

Services provided:

Interest Link Borders run befriending services that link people with learning disabilities and volunteers so they can meet up regularly to do activities  they both  enjoy. 

How their services work:

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  • Service users are matched with volunteers who share their interests, are of a similar age and can meet up with them regularly. 

  • Activities take place in the community, for example going to the cinema, local events, walks, shopping, going for coffee, arts & crafts, golf, swimming or football.

  • We aim for long term relationships, with links frequently lasting 5-10 years.

Befriending Groups:

  • Their 17 groups usually have equal numbers of volunteers and people with learning disabilities  and all the members are as close in age to each other as possible.
  • Group members decide what they want to do, and as well as fun social and leisure activities, they often do personal development projects involving, music, art, drama and outdoor activities.
  • The large numbers of volunteers involved mean the groups operate just like mainstream community or youth groups.

Contact details for the other areas:

Berwickshire:  Platform One, Station Road, Duns TD11 3HS 01361 883 662
Adult Service: Judy Kay 07776 221843
Service: Kate Borthwick Tel: 07527 699888

Central Borders: Stefanie Poletyllo, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels TD1 1RT
Telephone: 01896 750 020 / 07717 403 529

Roxburgh: Val Reilly, Hawick Town Hall, 44 High Street, Hawick TD9 9EF
Telephone: 01450 377 600 / 07738 567 498

Tweeddale: Mary Mouat, Volunteer Resource Centre, School Brae, Peebles EH45 8AL
Telephone: 01721 729 348 / 0777 330 3829


Platform One
Station Road
TD11 3HS

Phone: 01361 883 662
Helpline number: 07785 734 992 (mobile)

Last updated: July 1, 2020 4:36 pm

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