Image of cover of training programmeBAVS Spring Programme 2019

BAVS supports the development of the third sector in Berwickshire. Our programme is for volunteers, staff and trustees from third sector organisations. Although priority is given to the third sector in Berwickshire, we welcome participants from outwith the county and from other sectors.

You can book on any of the events below by clicking on the title and following the link to our Eventbrite booking system.



All events will be held at Berwickshire Housing Association, 55 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU unless otherwise stated.

Image of hands of different colours coming togetherBerwickshire Equality and Diversity Network

Tuesday 4th June, 10am-noon

A new networking forum for anyone interested in improving awareness of equality and diversity issues in our communities. At this session we will discuss what the aim and role of the network should be, as well as discussing potential ideas for events to be held in Berwickshire during Scottish Borders Diversity Week in September.

Workshop: Minute Taking (for the disinterested)

Wednesday 12th June, 10am-12.30pm

Does anyone enjoy taking minutes? Are they always necessary? This short course will help you explore what constitutes a good meeting minute – what should be included, what shouldn’t and how to ensure actions and decisions are clearly recorded. During the course we will look at different styles of templates used to record minutes.

Bacon Butty Blether – Coldstream Community Centre

Thursday 13th June, 10am-noon

Our regular informal get together held in different village halls across Berwickshire. Come along, network, have a bacon butty and catch up with new friends and old. At this event we have a speaker coming from The Scottish Parliament Outreach team. The main aim of the team is to help build relationships between people and Parliament, helping community groups bring their lived experience in to decision-making in Parliament.

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Berwickshire Connections Third Sector Gathering

Tuesday 8th October, Volunteer Hall, Duns

Details to follow!

Tailored Governance Training for Trustees

We can provide tailored training to new and existing boards. Training can be adapted to meet the learning needs of your board. We are happy to travel to you and can deliver weekend or evening training.

This training could include:

  • Becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
  • Roles and responsibilities of being a Trustee
  • Measuring social impact
  • Committee skills, eg, running effective meetings, minute taking, chairing skills.

For more information and an initial discussion, please contact Jenny Haines on 01361 883137 or e-mail