Ewan Jackson

An update from our CEO

Wednesday 3 February, 2021

The Scottish Government announced this week that Level 4 lockdown will continue to at least the end of February.

The continued uncertainty is very challenging for us, particularly as we all desperately want to get back to providing the services we value and cherish to our members and public.

Currently most of our staff are on furlough, and Live Borders resources are at the disposal of our Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders partners to support the COVID-19 response efforts.

We are pleased to support the Government in establishing the walk-in testing facility in Langlee. We are also supporting plans for the roll out of the vaccination programme including staffing, advice and provision of venues.

The near zero income position for Live Borders is a very difficult one, but we are looking forward to and are planning for the easing of restrictions and the reopening of our services as capacity and regulations permit.

We are here for you not just in spirit, we are running a series of online classes which I hope you can join in, as well as a programme of ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ activities. Our eLibrary resources continue to be fully available through our website 24/7.

I will finish with a big thank you to all members and the public for their ongoing support, but a special note of thanks goes out to those members who have contacted us and asked to reinstate their monthly membership direct debits, even while our facilities are closed.

This is a very difficult time for the charity financially; this substantial gesture of support is greatly appreciated and much needed. Thank you all very much.

I will keep you updated as we get through this lockdown period together.

Take care, stay home, and stay safe.

Ewan Jackson
Live Borders