About Us

BAVS is an independent voluntary organisation, established in 1971, with the task of supporting, informing, representing and providing services to community and voluntary groups in the Berwickshire District Area of the Scottish Borders. BAVS is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity, reporting both to Companies House and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

It is a member of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS). BAVS receives some funding from Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council to help operate its services.

In 2010, BAVS became an integral part of the Scottish Borders Third Sector Interface (BTSI).  Each local authority area in Scotland now has an Interface organisation or partnership combining where possible the functions of Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), the Volunteer Centre and the Social Enterprise Chamber.

These organisations work together to share best practise as well as performance monitoring tools.  Within the BTSI partnership however BAVS continues to retain its independent status as a CVS supporting rural Berwickshire.  For more information go to the Interface Partnership page.

BAVS support community and voluntary organisations by providing community development and practical help on a range of issues.
  • Do you have an idea for setting up a local group?
  • Are you planning a project that will benefit your community?
  • Would you like funding advice or help with grant applications?
  • Are you seeking charitable status?
  • Would you like help managing your group’s accounts?
  • Perhaps you need help with desktop publishing or other admin?
If any of these apply then please get in touch on 01361 883137 or email Kathy Cremin at kathy.cremin@bavs.org.uk and we’ll do our best to assist you. Over the years, BAVS has enhanced the local Berwickshire community in many ways by assisting local groups with funding applications and governance issues. It has helped a wide range of projects which often have started out as an initial idea thought up to fill a specific need for a community service. BAVS helps bring these ideas to fruition through assistance with funding applications needed to cover items such as capital costs, premises, resources, and equipment. Once the project is up and running BAVS keeps a watchful eye over its development and is always there to provide support as and when required. In addition to this community group support, BAVS operates 3 charity shops and a community transport service within Berwickshire. More details on these can be found on other pages of our website. BAVS is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and employs; an Executive Officer, a Development Officer, a Community Transport Service Development Officer, 2 Office Administrators, 3 Charity Shop Managers and a Portable Appliance Testing Engineer. Organisation structure Company Structure Org Chart June 19 Team Members