Finding new sense of wellbeing via the Borders Navigator

Jo Highet, Borders Navigator project development worker
Jo Highet, Borders Navigator project development worker

A new service to help people who may be feeling isolated or lonely to explore the opportunities available to them locally launches in Eyemouth next week.

Borders Navigator, funded and supported by NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, is a brand new service for Eyemouth and the surrounding area run by the Health in Mind organisation who focus on helping people find ways of improving their sense of wellbeing.

The launch party is on Wednesday, March 2, at Eyemouth Community Centre from 11am until 3pm and Jo Highet, project development worker, is delighted at the level of enthusiasm and engagement from local organisations.

Jo explained: “Borders Navigator is all about people connecting to the many groups, projects, opportunities and events in the area.

“The launch party features 18 different organisations, with taster sessions which include a mosaic demonstration; getting fit with walking or running; health checks; information on healthy eating with great soup to try; the Borders Forest Trust; Connect, Berwickshire Youth Project allotment project; the Auld Merket; volunteering opportunities; and many more.

“The Men’s Shed will provide music for us, and all on guitars they have made themselves and as well as meeting the team and beautiful birds from the Dalhousie Falconry Centre, there will be two chances to win an owl and raptor experience.”

Once someone is referred to Health in Mind, Jo will go and meet them to find out their interests and using the Borders Navigator she’ll help link them with one of the many welcoming groups that could change their lives for the better. For example, the Men’s Shed group which meets at the TEDDA centre or if they enjoy walking, the local walking group.