BAVS works with community groups in Berwickshire

BAVS, Berwickshire Association of Voluntary Services is holding its AGM on Thursday, September 22, in Duns Parish Church.

A warm welcome is extended to anyone interested in its work and in the community it serves to go along, ask questions and learn more about how the organisation works.

The AGM coincides with the first anniversary of the appointment of Dr Kathy Cremin, BAVS executive officer, and with the charity finally finding and moving into premises that give it a visible presence in the community, at 55 Newtown Street Duns.

Kathy said: “After being tucked away in the industrial estate, we are so glad at last to be accessible. At the moment, visitors may have to pick their way through packing boxes but they will be welcome.”

This year has seen many changes and challenges for BAVS as it has for many in the voluntary sector.

“More than ever we have to prove our worth, earn our keep, and spend our money wisely for the good of the community,” said Kathy.

“This AGM is our platform to show how we have adapted to the new challenges, what we have achieved this year and our plans for the future.

“We’re also taking the opportunity of putting our volunteers centre stage to inspire more volunteers to come and join us.”

BAVS assesses community needs in Berwickshire, promotes development of new organisations, provides information and advice and helps to bring organisations together.