"It made me more confident to say hello and start up a conversation with people with learning disabilities at school."
"One of the best parts of volunteering is seeing how happy the service users are and how much they need the activities."
"It helped me grow as a person from the experiences it has brought me."
"Love the good work Interest Link does I highly recommend it .it is really good for your mind and health and you learn a lot"
"The Facebook and zoom has helped keep us all connected during these difficult times, helped us know we are not alone and still have all our friends from the groups!"
"It as shown me how the Interest Link groups are often the only social activity that some people have access to."
"The enthusiasm of the person I am linked with has rubbed off on me. She appreciates so many little things that previously I might have taken for granted. "
"I feel really fortunate to be volunteering with Interest Link."
"I love volunteering. I believe that you get what you give in this life and I get a lot out of this."
"Given me more confidence and skills that I have been able to apply in my career."
"I enjoy volunteering and love to hear the children laughing and having fun!"
"I soon realised that if you are friendly and encouraging great relationships can be formed easily."
"I have absolutely loved being a part of interest link during lockdown. "
Being matched with someone similar in age and/or interests within your Branch area. Meeting up regularly for community activities you choose between you such as walks, shopping, going for coffee, sport, sightseeing.
Since March 2020 our service has been mainly through Zoom, social media, telephone. penpals & newsletters. Distance activities will diminish as we can get back to face to face, but be sustained longterm as a complement and backup to the face to face service.
We have 16 social groups for children, young people and adults that meet across the Borders, in Duns, Coldstream, Kelso, Selkirk, Hawick and Peebles, with occasional expeditions or overnight trips. Activities are chosen by group members and typically include arts & crafts, drama, film, cookery, music, movie nights, games and meals out.
Lunchtime groups in Hawick, Duns, Selkirk, Galashiels & Kelso help us reach children who cannot attend our community groups for any reason. These are mostly on hold until the autumn term.
The Difference You Can Make
Members make friends and develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills, while family carers and siblings get regular short breaks.