News from Home Basics

Generous donation from Peebles Round Table

Colin Watt (Home Basics) and Matt Kennedy (Peebles Round Table)

Home Basics were very happy to accept a donation from Peebles Round Table to purchase a new Portable Application Tester for our Walkerburn depot.

With only one machine and four testers, there were times when we were struggling to get enough electrical items tested, and our storage area was becoming overloaded. With a second machine we can now get twice as many items tested and out for sale.

We were pleased to welcome Matt Kennedy of the Peebles Round Table to present the machine to Colin Watt, PAT employee of Home Basics. The new machine is a portable version – effectively a mini-computer – which records all tests and can be used for external testing as well.

Home Basics would like to sincerely thank the Round Table for their Generous support.

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.

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.

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.