About Us

Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (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.

We are a company limited by guarantee and registered charity, reporting both to Companies House and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

We are a member of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS). We receive some funding from Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council to help operate our services.

In 2010, Bavs became an integral part of the Scottish Borders Third Sector Interface (BTSI). 

We 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 admin@bavs.org.uk and we’ll do our best to help you.

Over the years, we have 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.

We help to bring these ideas to fruition through help with funding applications needed to cover items such as capital costs, premises, resources, and equipment. Once the project is up and running, we keep a watchful eye over its development and are always there to provide support as and when required.

In addition to this community group support, we operate three charity shops and a community transport service in Berwickshire.

We are managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and employ a Chief Officer, a Development Officer, a Community Transport Service Development Officer, 2 business support personnel, 3 Charity Shop Managers one of whom is a Portable Appliance Testing Engineer.