Border Links set to celebrate anniversary
Border Links, a local community enterprise for adults with learning disabilities, is celebrating its 10th anniversary on April 19.
Its unique and pioneering service began in 2006 with start-up funding from Defra; initially supporting two people at Cornhill village hall and now providing person-centred training to more than 50 adults with learning disabilities.
It runs 18 sessions every week in Amble, Berwick, Cornhill, Duns and Kelso. Each venue is responsible for its own enterprise – weekly fresh vegetable and fruit deliveries in their own communities, as well as community drop-in events and a monthly disco at the Black and Gold in Berwick.
Skills development and confidence are key to the organisation’s success, working with small groups of adults within their own communities with qualified tutors and experienced support staff to foster and develop independence and help individuals reach their potential.
Border Links director Melanie Deans said: “The last ten years have been a whirlwind of experiences and growth – we value each and every member of our organisation and their families and carers. Our committed staff provide an incredible additional support network and realise the potential of each individual.”