Who are we?

  • We are a committee of volunteers
  • We have been helping children in the Borders for over 50 years
  • We provide financial assistance for children in desperate situations
  • We have virtually NO OVERHEADS – 99% of every penny raised goes direct to children in the Scottish Borders
  • We supported 215 applications in 2016/17, spending £48,723*
  • In 2017 we were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for voluntary groups
  • Read our 2017 Chair's Annual Report
2017 Chair's Report
Borders Children's Charity, Scottish Children's Charity Chair's Report by Cat Macdonald-Home
Chair's Report for 2017 AGM.docx
Microsoft Word document [191.8 KB]

How do we help?

  • We provide beds, bedding, bedroom furniture and floor rugs – often children are either sharing beds, have no bed, or what they do have is in an appalling condition
  • We assist with special equipment and funding for various disability needs – physical and mental
  • We give clothing and footwear – a basic need that too many Borders families struggle to meet
  • We finance requests for treats or holidays for young carers who are often not only looking after a parent, but siblings as well
  • We enable children in chaotic, stressful and abusive circumstances to enjoy activities – such as hobbies, sporting activities or school trips

How do we operate?

  • We receive applications from professionals working with Borders children – social workers, head teachers, community nurses, health visitors, etc
  • We meet monthly to discuss requests and allocate funds
  • Urgent requests are fast tracked to ensure children receive the funding immediately

*Figures based on 2016/17 accounts