Volunteer efforts in Borders' communities greatly appreciated

sbc logoTracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council has thanked the dedicated volunteers in our communities and is now providing some guidance for them as they help out in our towns and villages.

"Volunteers have played a tremendous part in the response to COVID-19 and I can't thank them enough for that.

"As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, many local organisations are now looking to help as we get our towns and villages back up and running.

"Local 'in bloom' groups, who contribute so much to the appearance of our towns and villages, are keen to get back to work and there also groups looking to assist with things like clean-up operations.

"This is most welcome and all we ask is that people follow some simple guidance, which will ensure they can help out in a safe and effective manner in line with current Scottish Government advice regarding COVID-19.

"Thanks to everyone for playing #yourpart to help our communities look their best." 

We are encouraging groups to take into account the following:

Social Distancing
Please adhere to the Scottish Government's latest guidelines regarding social distancing measures.

Tools and equipment
The sharing of tools, gloves, etc is strongly discouraged. Volunteers should bring their own gloves wherever possible. When working on our land, please stick to non-motorised equipment only to avoid any accident or injury.

Practice good hygiene
Wash hands before arriving at the site. Use hand sanitiser, and wipe down with disinfectant any shared equipment or communal areas after use.

Take care of waste
Please dispose of green waste/litter appropriately, via your local recycling centre if required.

Be responsible
You are responsible for the safety of yourself, others around you and the general public.

Keep in touch
Let us know you plan to help out and we can offer further advice and support. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us on 0300 100 1800.