BAVS shops are ‘roaring success’

Charity shops in Eyemouth Duns and Coldstream run by Berwickshire Association of Voluntary Service (BAVS) raised over £38,000 in the past year, helping them provide a range of services across the district.

The likelihood is that in the future BAVS will have to rely more on the volunteers who run the shops so successfully to fund the work they do.

In their annual report it states: “All three BAVS charity shops can only be said to be a roaring success, grossing over £100,000 this year. All this is only made possible in part, to the dedication of all the volunteers, who work tirelessly in all three shops. The probability is that core funding will be considerably reduced from April 1, 2012, and both detailed negotiations with our partners and “what if” scenarios are continuing to take place.

“Berwickshire Wheels continued to received grants from Scottish Borders Council - previously these grants came from the Scottish Government via the Rural Communities Transport Initiative scheme.

“It is anticipated that two of the mini buses will need to be replaced in 2012 and the designated fund will enable this to be done. It is unlikely that capital grants from the Scottish Government, local government or charities will be available. Overall BAVS’s financial position is considered sound but the board continues to be concerned about future reduced funding and ever increasing costs which are more difficult to offset.”

BAVS executive officer, Tony Fowler said: “This last year has been a year of achievement and development for BAVS. BAVS is now a company rather than an unincorporated association and the climate we are working in is altering and we must think to the future.”