News from Home Basics

Co-op Community Fund

Home Basics is proud to have been supported by our local community through the Co-op Community Fund to the amount of £2030.80.

The funding will be used to raise awareness of our charity and its services, particularly to attract new volunteers. The money will also be used to attract the support of local businesses to help us to help more local people in need and to offer volunteering opportunities to those looking to increase their employability

Thank you again to the Co-op for their valued support.

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