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These are some of the organisations Interest Link works with in the Borders and nationally Befriending Networks:  Befriending Networks is the country's leading resource on befriending. Members enjoy access to the latest research, training and advice to help them provide continuously high quality service. Borders Independent Advocacy Service (BIAS) Advocacy service for people with learning disabilities (and other service user groups). Borders Voluntary Care Voice  supports the development of local partnerships between users, carers, third sector organisations, Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and other relevant organisations to promote good practice in the planning and provision of health and social care services.   Borders Carers Centre provides FREE independent help & support to unpaid family carers (aged 18+) of people with all types of illness and disability  throughout the Scottish Borders.  They run, for example, carer support groups throughout the Borders and help carers access short breaks, respite and advocacy services ENABLE  is a campaigning organisation established to fight discrimination and inequality and ensure that people who have learning disabilities are regarded as equal members of society.  ENABLE is also a service provider offering a wide range of person centred services designed to ensure that people who have learning disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community.  Recommendation 33 of The Keys To Life, was that ENABLE & SCLD “encourage the setting up and expansion of befriending services and natural networks for people with learning disabilities.” Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)  is Scotland's approach to supporting children and young people. It is intended as a framework that will allow organisations who work on behalf of Scotland's children and their families to provide a consistent, supportive approach for all. Keys to Life  The keys to life’ is Scotland’s learning disability strategy. It was developed by the Scottish Government with COSLA and a wide range of statutory and third sector partners (including Interest Link) together with people with learning disabilities and carers. Learning Disability Alliance Scotland (LDAS) promotes the rights of people who have learning disabilities and their families in Scotland. Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD) is a consortium of partner organisations who work together to encourage best practice in the support of people with learning disabilities through training, information, research and public education. Recommendation 33 of The Keys To Life, was that ENABLE & SCLD “encourage the setting up and expansion of befriending services and natural networks for people with learning disabilities.” Volunteer Centre Borders aims to develop and promote volunteering for all, improve volunteering opportunities, remove barriers to participation Youthborders supports youth organisations, groups and non-uniformed clubs across the Scottish Borders region.