Scottish Borders Council’s Community Capacity Building team (CCB) has been congratulated for winning silver at the finals of the iESE (Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise) Public Sector Transformation Awards 2018.
The team made it to the shortlist of the three top nominations in the creating community capacity category, which recognises initiatives that do the most to engage with the local community and create greater resilience, better life chances and less dependency on public services, coming away from the ceremony on 6 March with a coveted silver award.
Councillor Tom Weatherston, executive member for adult social care at Scottish Borders Council, said: “The contribution that this team has already made to the health and wellbeing of older people in communities right across the Borders has been hugely significant and we are delighted that their hard work and commitment has been recognised at such a high level.
“To have been shortlisted in the final three for this award was a significant achievement in itself, but to have come away with silver is certainly something they should be very proud of. They are currently in the process of extending their remit to include all adults in the Borders and I have no doubt that they will be equally committed to supporting this wider client group and wish them well with their future efforts.”
Established in 2013, the CCB project provides a range of coordinated community projects which aim to support older people on a person-centred basis, while encouraging communities to create and run their own activities.
Those currently available include walking football, walking netball, new-age curling, gentle exercise classes, soup clubs and gardening.
Events have also been held to celebrate Silver Sunday and a directory of services created for the Gala Water area.
The team has also supported the establishment of the Borders Seniors Networking Forum and a number of successful Men’s Sheds projects.