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We Love Our Volunteers!

Today marks the beginning of Volunteer Appreciation week! Here at Live Borders we have over 2000 volunteers who are indispensable to our services.

At the Heritage Hub Archives and Local History centre in Hawick our volunteer Dougie Purves has proved particularly dedicated, receiving a nomination for Volunteer Centre Borders’ ‘Loving our Volunteers’ award.

Dougie answered our call for volunteers to assist with the Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI project and has shown unwavering commitment and enthusiasm since coming on board.

The project aims to document the region’s social and family heritage during WWI in order to leave a legacy which commemorates the contribution made by individuals and families across the Borders.

In his weekly visits to the Heritage Hub, Dougie has been conducting research using newspapers from the period, looking specifically at stories relating to Selkirk in WWI. The work he has done has been used in education, displays and presentations.

Dougie has also proved invaluable in promoting the project far and wide, even appearing on Border Life to discuss the project.

Archive manager Paul Brough explains why volunteers are so important to the organisation, “Volunteers bring valuable skills and knowledge to what we do and we trust that they get something out of the activity.”

A big congratulations to Dougie! Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages this week where we will continue to spread the love to our incredible volunteers!

Did you know you can volunteer in our cultural and sports services? Visit our volunteers’ page for details.

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