WelcomeInterest Link provides 1:1 and group befriending for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in the Scottish Borders. Social relationships are crucial to everybody’s happiness, and volunteerbefriending is a highly effective way of overcoming socialisolation and improving wellbeing, confidence, self-esteem and lifeskills. Befriending also provides high quality respite for carers, who know the person they care for is enjoying themselves with people they trust.Anyone with learning disabilities can use our service, including children and young people with complex needs and/or autism. It is free apart from contributions to some activity and travel costs.Our volunteers are drawn from all walks of life, and include many high school and Borders College students. We try to offer as wide a range of rewarding befriending roles as possible, and staff and volunteers form close-knit teams. Please have a look round the site and get to know us: we have four local branches covering Berwickshire,Central Borders,Roxburgh and Tweeddale each with its own long-standing staff members who know their area inside out. They would love to hear from you, whether you want to use our service, volunteer, or just want to find out more. We take pride in delivering our service to the highest standards possible, and in making sure everyone involved has fun in the process. For the nuts & bolts of how we operate, please see the About Us page
NewsChildren in Need visited our children’s group in Selkirk recently, and their interviews with group members were broadcast on 10th November. Click here to listen to itAlso in November, we were fortunate to secure funding from the Big Lottery Fund for our Chldren & Young People’s project. This can be drawn-down over as much as 5 years and gives us an enormous amount of security.