A new organisation that aims to improve the lives of people in the Borders with a physical disability or long term condition began operating today (5th October).
Ability Borders is a user-led, independent charity that will provide up to date information and advice to individuals and carers, and signpost them to other sources of help.
It will also provide a collective voice for disabled people, to help improve information and services. It will aim to reach people in their local communities and to link in with existing networks.
Ability Borders was set up by a partnership involving the third sector, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, in response to the gap in independent services in the Borders for people with physical disabilities and long term conditions.
The Borders-wide service has been funded by NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council. The aspiration is to continue to build the service, and work is underway to seek additional funding partners.
Following a recruitment process, Corrina Beighton has been appointed Development Worker and took up post today.
Anyone who would like to know more can contact Ability Borders on 0300 999 2273 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org