Wendy gears up for donations to Peebles charities

Wendy with some of the Tweed Wheels volunteer drivers.

Neighbourhood Housing Officer for the Peebles area, Wendy Wilson, made two donations to projects in Peebles this week on behalf of SBHA.

Tweed Wheels, a community transport service operated by The Bridge, received £300. Run by volunteer drivers, Tweed Wheels provides accessible, subsidised transport in the Tweeddale area of the Borders for people who have difficulty using public transport because of ill health, disability or age or who do not have access to a car.  Tweed Wheels has a community car which can be used for shopping trips, visiting family and friends, outings, appointments and hospital visits. The service also operates a community Minibus, which can be used by non profit making groups and organisations to attend meetings, events, trips and outings.

Old and New Horizons also received £300.  This project targets older and disabled residents in Tweeddale, including those who would struggle to use public transport or do not have access to a car, providing supported social outings. Old and New Horizons comes under the umbrella of Tweed Wheels,  as an additional activity, and makes use of the Tweed Wheels vehicles.

In line with SBHA’s commitment to support the wider communities served by the Association, SBHA Housing Officers have a small devolved budget which they can use to target charities and projects that they think will be of benefit to Tenants and residents.

Wendy said: “I’m delighted to be able to help these two charities. I feel that the work that they do is of enormous benefit in supporting older people in the Tweeddale area.”

Thanking Wendy for the donation, Tweed Wheels Community Transport Service Co-ordinator Rosa Cabello commented: “This is a big help – we intend to use the money to begin saving up for a new mini bus, to allow us to help even more people.”


Wendy with Old and New Horizons volunteers Otto Grant (left) and David Baird