Happy birthday for centre

Elaine Torrance (Chief Social Work Officer), Lynn Gallacher (Carers Centre Manager), Calum Kerr (MP), and Linda Jackson (Chair, Carers Centre) celebrating 21years of Border Carers
Elaine Torrance (Chief Social Work Officer), Lynn Gallacher (Carers Centre Manager), Calum Kerr (MP), and Linda Jackson (Chair, Carers Centre) celebrating 21years of Border Carers
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A party has been thrown to mark the 21st anniversary of a support hub for carers in the Borders.

The Borders Carers’ Centre in Galashiels marked that milestone birthday by holding a celebration in its jubilee garden attended by dozens of guests.

Fay Dewar and her son Ian, Fay was the first carer the company supported and guest of honour, charged with cutting the cake.

Fay Dewar and her son Ian, Fay was the first carer the company supported and guest of honour, charged with cutting the cake.

Among those there for the event was Fay Dewar, of Melrose, the first carer to be supported by the Low Buckholmside facility, and her son Ian, as well as Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr.

Fay said: “I felt quite isolated at that time, and it was so lovely to have people to talk to who really understood what it was like to be a carer.

“When the support group started, it was a real lifeline to me.

“Just to be in touch with other people with similar situations made such a difference.”

The centre provides services including assessments, emotional support and training.

Lynn Gallacher, manager of the Brewerybrig centre, said: “We are very grateful for all the support we have received over the years which has enabled us to provide help, advice and support to many carers throughout the Borders, and we hope to be able to continue to do so for many years to come.

“We have many exciting plans for the future and will continue to build on our past successes, keeping carers at the heart of what we do.”