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TENANT VOLUNTEERS UPDATE

Since January, the Tenant Volunteers group have continued to be actively involved with BHA and joined staff at a number of recent Tenant Events held in conjunction with and to promote the recent Tenant Satisfaction Survey.

The events held in Coldstream, Duns, Chirnside and Eyemouth were well attended and it was encouraging to see many of our fellow tenants coming along to speak to ourselves, BHA staff and enjoy a bacon butty!

We have also continued to receive our regular updates from the Housing and Technical Services Managers on current and forthcoming projects that staff are dealing with together with a presentation from BHA Chief Executive, Helen Forsyth on the BHA five year Business Plan.

Moving forward, we ourselves will be going through changes as the group move under the remit of the Community Initiatives Manager, Dougie Paterson. This will see us becoming more involved in local community projects and develop into a new role within our own communities.

We hope that by raising our involvement and profile we can encourage a wider range of BHA tenants to volunteer to be part of this group. We will continue to post regular information on our page to let you all know what we will be doing and how may wish to be involved.
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Residents and staff at Gowanlea, Coldstream, will have a stall at the Hirsel Golf Club’s Car Boot Sale on Sunday, May 5, in aid of Macmillan.
Money raised at Gowanlea’s stall will go towards its Social Fund.
The event runs from 10am to 4pm and all are welcome.
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The new Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment is £250 for children aged two to three years six months, and is available to families that get certain benefits or tax credits. Apply now at www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant/ ...

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Going to be away for the #EuropeanElections ? You can still vote by registering for a postal or proxy vote.
Deadline for Postal is 5pm on 8 May and for Proxy is 5pm on 15 May.
Find out more ow.ly/CmHL50rL7hX
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Should the European Parliamentary Elections go ahead on 23 May you will need to be registered to have a vote. You have until 7 May to register! See more info on postal and proxy voting too #EUelections2019 ow.ly/bpTm50tiD28 ...

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WINNERS ALL!

We are delighted to announce the names of those tenants who have won £100 meal vouchers by taking part in our tenant satisfaction survey draws.
The lucky winners are:

Mr and Mrs Birrell, Gowanlea, Coldstream

Mrs White, Gowanlea, Coldstream

Mrs Quin, Linkim Court, Eyemouth

Mr Battison, Cockburnspath

They all win a £100 meal voucher for either the Cross Inn, Paxton, the Blackadder, Greenlaw, the First and Last, Burnmouth or The Craw Inn, Auchencrow.
Once again BHA are pleased to be able to put money back into the local economy and they hope the lucky winners enjoy their meals.
Next time make sure to fill in your survey and you could be a lucky winner!
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ADULT LEARNERS AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR 2019 CONGRATULATED

The annual Adult Learners Awards ceremony took place at Earlston High School on Tuesday 23 April.

Now in their 21st year, the awards are held to celebrate the achievements of adult learners across the region who, often at times against considerable odds, take their future into their own hands and take advantage of the range of opportunities available to them to enhance their knowledge, quality of life and job prospects.

BHA sponsored the ‘Learning in the Workplace’ category and Community Initiatives Manager Dougie Paterson presented the award to Joanne Renwick from Ashkirk who has turned her interest in gardening into a career.

Congratulations also to the overall winner, Ross Mair from Greenlaw.

The full list of 2019 Adult Learner Award winners is as follows:

• Overall individual winner: Ross Mair, Greenlaw
• Young learner (16-25 years): Samuel Hartswood, Galashiels
• Learner in the workplace: Joanne Renwick, Ashkirk
• Mature learner (50+ years): Tam Stewart, Peebles
• Learning in a group: Eyemouth Peep Babies
• Learning in the community: Eilidh Shortreed, Peebles
• Accredited learning: Lyndsey Malcolm, Hawick
• Learning through volunteering: Adele Ennis, Hawick
• Learning English: Martyna Flis, Hawick
• Enabling learning through volunteering: Duns and District U3A
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DUNS TO HOST FIRST COMMUNITY-LED BORDERS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FESTIVAL (MAY 15-22)

Each May during Mental Health Awareness Week there are a few events in the Borders to raise awareness of mental health issues. This year, there are more events than ever and Duns is hosting the first community-led ‘Borders Mental Health Awareness Festival’.
Get connected and get involved - it’s good for your mental health!
The first community led Borders Mental Health Awareness Festival will take place in Duns from Wednesday, May 15, to Wednesday, May 22. Everyone is invited to get involved in whatever way you like, to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Events include the following:

WE LIVE BIG
Come and take part in an interactive art installation exploring mental health based on the work of Nancy Belmont’s ‘We Live Big’.
Dates: 15 - 22 May
Location: The Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns
Cost - FREE

INFORMATION MARKETPLACE
Come along and find out everything you need to know about looking after your mental health. Refreshments available from our Pop-Up Cafe.
Dates: Wed 15 May 10am - 4pm
Location The Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns
Costs - FREE

YOGA WITH AMANDA
Experience for yourself the positive benefits that yoga can have on your mental health.
Dates: Thu 16 May 10.30 - 11.30am
Location The Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns
Costs - Entry by donation

BAND NIGHT
Performances by TD1 from Addaction, The
Lerpinieres in their first gig and local heroes
Huffman and Spence. Food provided by
Northern Soul Kitchen.
Dates: Sun 19 May, 7 - 10pm
Location The Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns
Costs - Entry by Donation.

MILLIE & MAX MUSIC WORKSHOP
A collection of children’s music that parents and children can enjoy together.
Dates: Tue 21 May 10.30am - 11.30am
Location: The Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns Cost: Entry by donation

THE MENTAL HEALTH MONOLOGUES WITH A CURRY AND CHAAT
A groundbreaking new theatre piece, based on the format of the Vagina Monologues, where six brave souls take to the stage to tell the stories of their own mental health journeys. We will share a curry before the performance and there will be a Q&A session afterwards.
Dates: Wed 22 May 7 - 10pm
Location: The Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns TD11 3AF
Cost - Entry by Donation

WRITING FOR WELLBEING
Come and have a go at creative writing for wellbeing with writer Helen Boden – no previous experience necessary.
Dates and Locations :
Tue 7 May - Duns Library, 49
Newtown Street, Duns TD11 3AU


EILDON TREE LAUNCH AND READINGS
A series of readings from the May issue of Eildon Tree creative writing magazine. Eildon Tree has dedicated its May issue to writing focused on the festival theme of Connected and how this relates to mental health.
Dates and Locations:
Tue 7 May - Duns Library, 49 Newtown Street, Duns TD11 3AU

Further info or to book events please contact: karenlerpiniere@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 07552 568 131
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