About Us

We were founded by carers in Berwickshire in 1990, and cover the Scottish Borders through four local Branches and a Project Office.

We offer 1:1 befriending, group befriending, overnight trips, in-school groups and (since March 2020) a distance service.

Branch, Staff & Board details and a Contact Form are all on this page. Our amazingly generous funders are listed on the Donate/Funders page.

Branch Areas
Berwickshire

Click to email, or ring 07977 774515 or 07527 699888

Central

Click to email Stefanie, or ring 07717 403529

Roxburgh

Click to email, or ring Val on 07738 567498 or 01450 377600

Tweeddale

Click to email, or ring Mary on 07773 303829 or Rosa on 07926 002576

Staff Team

Project Office

ANDREW FINDLAY

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Andrew joined the original Interest Link Berwickshire in 1996 and has managed Interest Link Borders since 2001.

07785 734992

SUSAN FLEMING

PROJECT & BERWICKSHIRE ADMINISTRATOR

Susan joined Andrew at Interest Link in 1998 and handles financial & Berwickshire admin

01361 883662 or 07928 700002

Berwickshire Branch

KATE BORTHWICK

BERWICKSHIRE YOUTH COORDINATOR

Kate joined us in 2016 and runs youth groups in Berwickshire and Kelso. 

07527 699888

ANGELA LAIDLAW

BERWICKSHIRE ADULT COORDINATOR

Angela joined us in 2021 from a teaching background and covers Berwickshire and the Kelso area

07977 774515

IAIN THOMSON

BERWICKSHIRE SUPPORTED ADMINISTRATOR

Iain has provided administrative support in Berwickshire since 2006.

01361 883662

Roxburgh Branch

VAL REILLY

ROXBURGH CO-ORDINATOR

Val set up the Roxburgh Branch in 2001 and has a background as a learning disabilities nurse.

01450 377600 or 07738 5674988

REBECCA DUFFELL

ROXBURGH ASSISTANT

Rebecca joined Val in 2017 froma teaching background and focuses on Roxburgh’s children’s groups.

07511 728915

HAYLEY DOUGLAS

ROXBURGH SUPPORTED ADMINISTRATOR

Hayley has provided administrative support in Roxburgh since 2010.

01896 750020

Central Borders Branch

STEFANIE POLETYLLO

CENTRAL BORDERS COORDINATOR

Stefanie has managed her Branch since 2004 and leads our work with Borders College.

07717 403529

DONNA RIDDELL

CENTRAL BORDERS ASSISTANT

Donna joined Stefanie and Hayley in 2017 and maintains our Facebook presence.

07788 279295

CHELSIE MILLER

CENTRAL BORDERS ASSISTANT

Chelsie is providing maternity cover for Donna in Central Borders till July 2021.

07534 403434

Tweeddale Branch

MARY MOUAT

TWEEDDALE CO-ORDINATOR

Mary founded her Branch in 2001 and works closely with Peebles High School and Garvald

07773 303829

ROSA CABELLO

TWEEDDALE ASSISTANT COORDINATOR

Rosa joined the Branch in 2012 and now shares Mary’s responsibilities as Co-ordinator.

07926 002576

Board

KENNETH WOOD

CONVENOR

Kenny has been a volunteer with Central Borders since 2005 and Board Convenor since 2015

ELIZABETH IRVINE

VICE-CONVENOR

Lizi has been a volunteer since 2009, a Board member since 2011 and is Convenor of the Berwickshire Committee.

SALLY SCOTT-AITON

TREASURER

Sally was a volunteer with Central Borders from 2006 and has been Treasurer since 2007

CRAIG DOUGLAS

DIRECTOR

Craig is a parent carer, has been on the Board since and was Convenor 2008-2014

DEBBIE LAWRIE

DIRECTOR

Debbie has been a Director since 2019 and also acts as cookery tutor in our befriending groups.

MEGAN BILSLAND

SPECIAL ADVISOR

Megan is an Interest Link service user and has been a Special Advisor to the Board since 2017.

ROGER HEMMING

DIRECTOR

Roger has been a volunteer with Roxburgh Branch since 2015 and joined the Board in 2020.

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