PROJECTS FOR THE COMING YEAR
The centre's development plan for 2022-2023 includes a number of enhancement projects suggested by user groups :
Repairs and refurbishment to the children's outdoor safe play area (shown above) - the first step will be to fix the perimeter fence and provide a second gate. The play area is a particular asset for the Duns Toddlers group which uses the centre twice every week.
Development of a disabled access garden - part of the grass strip against the wall at the end of the car park will be developed, most probably by providing a tarmac area on which planters can be set out. This project was suggested by Border Links which uses the centre on three days every week.
Refurbishment and replacements to the centre's fabric and furniture - new easy chairs have been provided in Room 1 and the kitchen utility area has recently been laid with new vinyl. Work has proceeded over the summer to refresh paintwork, especially in communal areas. Work has been done to improve the centre's wifi provision.
The above projects will be financed, as far as possible, from income derived from room hire charges and group affiliation fees - investing the money paid by user groups back into the centre.
ELECTRIC BICYCLES : UPDATE
Southfield Centre now plays host, on behalf of Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service, to a pair of electric bicycles which can be hired by anyone interested in trying out this environmentally-friendly and modern method of transport. The bicycles are contained in two secure outdoor cabinets (shown above) which are fitted with solar panels to charge the batteries, further adding to their environmental credentials.
These bicycles are now offered for hire on a 'pay as you feel' basis. So, hire one of the bikes and simply pay what you can afford. This is an excellent offer so that as many people as possible can take advantage.
Please note that these bikes are owned and managed by BAVS, not the community centre. If you wish to hire one of the bikes, telephone Berwickshire Wheels on 0300 456 1985.