Berwickshire in Lockdown

A film that celebrates the Berwickshire community’s response to Covid-19 has been launched.

It highlights the efforts of community groups, charities and social enterprises to respond quickly, and often creatively, to the emerging challenges facing the region.

The film, Berwickshire in Lockdown is a virtual exhibition, showcasing some of the ways in which the community tackled the impact of the pandemic. It can be viewed on YouTube. The film is also featured in this year’s DunsPlayFest.

Bavs commissioned the film to demonstrate the impact of its “microgrants” scheme, set up thanks to funding from National Lottery Community Fund and the Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund. The aim was to get money to those groups working on the ground quickly and without having to cut through red tape.

Over the last year, Bavs has distributed more than 65 grants (ranging from £250 to £5,000) from both funds. Click here to see the full list of recipients.

Some of projects that benefitted are highlighted in the film and below. 


Eyemouth Response Team

Chirnside Community Larder

Food larders and similar projects were among the key initiatives to emerge during lockdown.

The Eyemouth Response Team and Splash, for example, partnered with the local foodbank, Eyemouth Rotary Club and some of the local churches to provide an ongoing supply of cooked meals and food parcels for local people.

Coldstream Men’s Shed

The Men’s shed in Coldstream produced more than 400 face shields for local nurses, health visitors and care homes.Families have been under increased pressure during the past year, with schools closed and home schooling.

ParentSpace was able to deliver online mindfulness courses to help parents manage their stress, as well as provide packs for parents who were finding things tough.

Great oaks from little acorns grow

Borders ASN Parent Carer Forum is a partnership between Borders Additional Needs Group and Meeting of Minds. Formed during the first lockdown, the group was set up with a Bavs grant

It aims to to represent additional support needs families living in the Scottish Borders. Find out about the Forum’s new Walk Together, Talk Together events, starting in July. 

Those are just some of the ways that the grant recipients rallied round to support those in their communities.


At Bavs

Online coaching for third sector colleagues

We have worked with a health and safety specialist to provide up-to-date guidance to ensure the safe running and re-opening of village halls and other charities and community groups. The funding also enabled us to host online training for third sector staff to ensure that their services are properly risk assessed and safe as we emerge from lockdown. We have also provided coaching to staff working on the frontline in charities during this pandemic.”

The making of Berwickshire in Lockdown

Thanks to Sam Ward and Nathan Landon of Banoffee Ice Studios for using their amazing creative talents to make this film with support from Allanbank Arts. They are pictured below during filming.