Interest Link Borders has been named as a finalist in the 2014 Scottish Charity Awards.
Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the awards celebrate the crucial work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.
Interest Link provides volunteer befriending for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities across the Borders through branches based in Hawick, Peebles, Galashiels and Duns. It currently supports 200 befriending links in 1:1 relationships or groups.
Berwickshire co-ordinator Judy Kay said “Our befrienders give children, young people and adults with learning disabilities a vital opportunity to be in mainstream groups or 1:1 relationships with non-disabled peers of their own age-group.
“They are often the only people in a service user’s life who are there purely by choice and they have a huge impact on their happiness, confidence, self-esteem, life skills and physical wellbeing. We are always looking for new volunteers, particularly adults, and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested: no experience is required.”
All shortlisted entries will also compete for the People’s Choice Award which will be decided by the public. You can vote for Interest Link at www.scvo.org.uk/vote