News from Home Basics

Home Basics Annual General meeting 2017


The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Home Basics (Tweeddale) Co Ltd

has been rescheduled for

Thursday 18th May 2017

6.30pm at Home Basics, Unit 7, Tweedvale Mills East,

Walkerburn. EH43 6AB

Phone numbers

Please note that we are no longer using the 870355 telephone number. Please use 01896 870455 to contact our Walkerburn depot.

Selkirk Community Recycle Centre Re-Use Cabin

Re-Use cabin sited at Selkirk Recycle Centre for Home Basics

We are pleased to announce a new environmental initiative to give helping hand to those in need. Home Basics is working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to open the region’s first Reuse Cabin at Selkirk Community Recycling Centre. Households are being asked to donate unwanted electrical items to a new initiative aiming to help disadvantaged people in the Borders.

From Monday 13 October, the cabin will accept any donated electrical item that is in working condition. Home Basics will then collect the products and put the items through a thorough quality check before being made available to the most in need people in the region.

Any items that are not in working order can continue to be recycled at the Borders six community recycling centres but not in the reuse cabin at Selkirk.

SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Paterson, opened the cabin alongside Home Basics Business Manager Dennis Fisher.

Councillor Paterson said: “I am very pleased that the reuse cabin has opened in Selkirk. If this cabin proves to be a success, SBC will look to extend the initiative to other community recycling centres.”

Mr Fisher added: “It is a brilliant idea. It not only helps those in need people in the Borders but also has a positive environmental impact.I hope the people of the Borders will give generously to support this scheme. It is a great opportunity.”

The Selkirk reuse cabin forms part of the Council’s overall Integrated Waste Management Strategy, which aims to increase the reuse of materials delivered to community recycling centres, while assisting the positive work of re-use charities and organisations in the Borders.

Opening of new unit at Hawick

Friday 1st August saw Honorary Provost Stuart Marshall officiate over the opening of a new unit at the Hawick premises of the charity Home Basics at Annfield Mill in Teviot Crescent. Among the many guests were representatives of the housing associations, SBHA, Scottish Borders Council, Waverley, Eildon Housing along with Salvation Army and Fresh Start Selkirk. Other guests included Councillors Watson Macateer, Stuart Bell and Ron Smith and parliamentarians John Lamont and Michael Moore.

The Official Opening heralds a new era for Home Basics (Hawick and Walkerburn) as it coincides with the launch of their own Self-Referral Scheme to replace the discontinued Government scheme. The Home Basics scheme was set up to target and enable people on low pay and those receiving benefits living anywhere in the Borders, to access good, affordable furniture and white goods. While these are the target groups, anyone can shop in Home Basics and all are welcome. Priority for some white goods is given to referrals. Recycling is a major part of the charity’s work and anyone can donate clean, working, reusable items by phoning 01450 363974 or 01896 870455

Self Referral Scheme


Home Basics is pleased to announce their new Self Referral Scheme, where people on means-tested benefits can apply for a 25% discount on many of their purchases at either of the Home basics depots in Walkerburn and Hawick. Delivery charges are also discounted by 50%.

The new scheme is intended to enable Home Basics to help more people in the Scottish Borders who need good quality, low priced furniture and electrical items.

To be eligible, applicants must be able to produce evidence of one of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • People on sanctions may also qualify.

Evidence would include letters from benefit agencies, housing associations, Job centre, etc.

There is a simple application form to complete which should be handed to Home Basics staff along with the evidence, which will be returned to you.

Forms are available form our depots an can be downloaded from our website.

Terms and Conditions apply.