Make a lifetime’s difference

Volunteer recruitment visits have been planned for many of the border villages by Community Service Volunteers (CSV).

Berwick Volunteers in Family Support, which was launched a year ago, provides help for families at a time of difficulty.

Project manager Melanie Eve said: “I don’t know what we would have done without the kindness and generosity of people from the border villages. The volunteers have been willing to give a couple of hours a week to visit their family in Berwick, and have shown such dedication to travel from Coldingham, Duns, Chirnside and Norham. Of course we refund their expenses, but this sort of help goes beyond money.

“The families all say what a lovely person their volunteer is, and the volunteers really help improve family life for the children through their home visits.”

CSV is holding informal drop-in events to encourage more people to find out if this type of volunteer activity is suitable for them. Events this month include Tuesday, July 16 at the Whitsome Ark at 10.30am; and Tuesday, July 23 at Horncliffe Village Memorial Hall at 11.30am.

If you could help a family through illness; assist a mum with picky eaters; or pass on the love of reading to children, then this volunteer activity could be right for you. You would also need to be emotionally mature, a good listener, and respect family information.

The recruitment events will be followed through in September with two and a half days training. For full information call Melanie on 07531 107 892 or email