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“Smashing evening, Thanks for arranging it. Was great to be in the company of schoolkids. They did so well. Won’t want to miss the next one.”

  • Guest at Intergenerational Meal

Spring has brought us so  many new, exciting milestones. Reviving our Intergenerational Meals with the North Berwick Youth Project was a particular joy – our members were treated to a warm welcome and three course meal, prepared and served by the girls’ group. There was fierce competition over our quiz with mixed-age teams! These will continue on a quarterly basis – stay tuned. Many thanks to the Coop for our grant towards food-related events!

Scone Cafe guests were treated to a Mindfulness Taster Session with Sheila Reid, which got us feeling much calmer within just 5 minutes. The techniques will reduce the risk of falling and of fearfulness! These led up to a series of four mini-classes at Scone Café in Abbey Church on Wednesdays from 12th April, 3:30 to 4:00pm. Contact Carol for more information.

Stronger Connections takes the next steps!

There’s been a fantastic response to the first of the new local groups to start up in partnership with our Stronger Connections support. Sporting Memories (Tuesdays 1.30-3pm in North Berwick Rugby Club) has seen a terrific attendance with lots of laughter.

We are thrilled to announce that the second of the groups will start soon! Keep the Heid Mental Health Café, which has seen invaluable outcomes in Haddington and Tranent, starts weekly in North Berwick from Thursday 20th April, 7pm at the Hope Rooms, Forth St, North Berwick – a sorely needed safe space to talk (when you want to) about how things are for you, with no judgment.

Stronger Connections is our mental well-being peer support strand (with funding kindly provided by North Berwick Trust). Further partnership activities, to help meet the needs of folk whose mental well-being has been under strain, will launch soon. We have found evidence that the Covid years have sharpened many people’s struggles with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, the challenges of parenting – or with trying to recover from difficult episodes of these kinds. Funding has extended our staff hours in recognition of the greater time needed to support our existing members and volunteers, but also allows us to bring about new local peer support groups that help with these, so please stay tuned for further news.

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Our Lyndsey spotted these beautiful daisies when out and about recently. Why not venture out into the sunshine today and see what catches your eye before heading to Scone Cafe for a blether, hot drink and homemade scone. A warm welcome awaits, as always, and you can stretch your legs along Elcho Green with a gentle, guided walk if you like. The Abbey Church (side entrance) from 2pm, free and dog friendly. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Lyndsey spotted these beautiful daisies when out and about recently.  Why not venture out into the sunshine today and see what catches your eye before heading to Scone Cafe for a blether, hot drink and homemade scone.  A warm welcome awaits, as always, and you can stretch your legs along Elcho Green with a gentle, guided walk if you like.  The Abbey Church (side entrance) from 2pm, free and dog friendly.

Due to the continued growth and success of the charity we have a brand new, exciting role available:-

Community Connections Operations Manager

If this sounds like the perfect role for you please contact Lyndsey on admin@nbc-communityconnections.org and ask for an application pack which includes the full job description.

Salary: £ 36,400 pro-rata

Hours: 21 hours per week

Annual Leave: 21 days including 4 public holidays

Contract: Contract till Sept 2024, extended subject to successful Funding

Pension: TPT Pensions at up to 6% Employers Contribution

Location: North Berwick Coastal Ward

North Berwick Coastal Community Connections
Creating compassion, companionship and confidence in our community.

NBCCC was set up in June 2019 by the North Berwick Health and Wellbeing Association, to engage with people experiencing the impact of loneliness and social isolation. We achieved charitable status (SC050505) in Sept 2020.

Our mission is to have a community where no one need feel isolated or lonely, by connecting people to local networks, gatherings, activities and friendships.

We wish to build a community that is caring and compassionate particularly in relation to death, dying, loss and grief.

We provide access to the following:
• Scone Café Drop-In
• Coffee Connections meet-ups at cafés
• One-to-one befriending
• One-to-one Buddy Walks
• Scone Walking group walks
• Our monthly Community Connections newsletter
• Various other partnership activities.
• End of Life Skills Training
• Public awareness events – Demystifying Death in May and Absent Friends Week in November

We have a part-time team of four staff, one contractor, 50 active volunteers and in excess of 100 members.

For more information, see our Annual Review, which provides the background and context to our work.

Job Purpose

The purpose of this role is to lead and manage the team by setting the direction and providing support when required together with meeting the needs of the Board and the Regulator.

You will be required to have Oversight of the work of the NBCCC Team members, specifically:

• Community Connections Co-ordinator
• One to one Services Co-ordinator
• Administration and Communications Co-ordinator
• Compassionate Community Co-ordinator
• Newsletter Editor (contractor)
• Volunteers

In addition, the safety of our members who use our services is a joint responsibility for all employees and Trustees of the Board.

Key Responsibilities

• Provide Line Management for all staff

• Provide leadership for the services and activities provided by NBCCC.

• Ensure all Safeguarding requirements are in place and current.

• In conjunction with the Board and Team review and set plan each year.

• In conjunction with relevant Team members produce Marketing/Comms plan.

• Build positive relationship with our Funders.

• In conjunction with the team prepare all regular Board papers.

• Prepare annual reports for Funders and AGM.

• Manage Finances in line with budget.

• Working with the Board and team identify, prepare and submit Funding applications.

• Produce, Manage and maintain the necessary Policies and Procedures required to support the organisations’ day to day running as well as guidance for staff, trustees and members.
• Keep abreast of changes in legislation that impact the charity and make/advise required changes.

• Provide required status reporting to the Board.

• Joint responsibility with the team to carry out annual evaluation of the services we provide.
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Due to the continued growth and success of the charity we have a brand new, exciting role available:-

 Community Connections Operations Manager

If this sounds like the perfect role for you please contact Lyndsey on admin@nbc-communityconnections.org and ask for an application pack which includes the full job description.

Salary: £ 36,400 pro-rata

Hours: 21 hours per week

Annual Leave: 21 days including 4 public holidays

Contract:  Contract till Sept 2024, extended subject to successful Funding

Pension:  TPT Pensions at up to 6% Employers Contribution

Location: North Berwick Coastal Ward

North Berwick Coastal Community Connections 
Creating compassion, companionship and confidence in our community. 

NBCCC was set up in June 2019 by the North Berwick Health and Wellbeing Association, to engage with people experiencing the impact of loneliness and social isolation. We achieved charitable status (SC050505) in Sept 2020. 

Our mission is to have a community where no one need feel isolated or lonely, by connecting people to local networks, gatherings, activities and friendships. 

We wish to build a community that is caring and compassionate particularly in relation to death, dying, loss and grief.

We provide access to the following: 
• Scone Café Drop-In
• Coffee Connections meet-ups at cafés
• One-to-one befriending
• One-to-one Buddy Walks
• Scone Walking group walks
• Our monthly Community Connections newsletter 
• Various other partnership activities. 
• End of Life Skills Training
• Public awareness events – Demystifying Death in May and Absent Friends Week in November 

We have a part-time team of four staff, one contractor, 50 active volunteers and in excess of 100 members.

For more information, see our Annual Review, which provides the background and context to our work. 

Job Purpose

The purpose of this role is to lead and manage the team by setting the direction and providing support when required together with meeting the needs of the Board and the Regulator. 

You will be required to have Oversight of the work of the NBCCC Team members, specifically:

• Community Connections Co-ordinator
• One to one Services Co-ordinator
• Administration and Communications Co-ordinator
• Compassionate Community Co-ordinator
• Newsletter Editor (contractor) 
• Volunteers 

In addition, the safety of our members who use our services is a joint responsibility for all employees and Trustees of the Board.
              
Key Responsibilities 

• Provide Line Management for all staff

• Provide leadership for the services and activities provided by NBCCC.

• Ensure all Safeguarding requirements are in place and current.

• In conjunction with the Board and Team review and set plan each year.

• In conjunction with relevant Team members produce Marketing/Comms plan.

• Build positive relationship with our Funders.

• In conjunction with the team prepare all regular Board papers.

• Prepare annual reports for Funders and AGM.

• Manage Finances in line with budget.

• Working with the Board and team identify, prepare and submit Funding applications.

• Produce, Manage and maintain the necessary Policies and Procedures required to support the organisations’ day to day running as well as guidance for staff, trustees and members.
• Keep abreast of changes in legislation that impact the charity and make/advise required changes.

• Provide required status reporting to the Board.

• Joint responsibility with the team to carry out annual evaluation of the services we provide.

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We have a new, exciting opportunity to join the Community Connections staff team!

Compassionate Community Coordinator vacancy

£14 per hour, equivalent to £25,480 full-time earnings
North Berwick Coastal Community Connections
Closing date: Friday 26th May, 12 noon.


Board of Trustees vacancies: North Berwick Coastal Community Connections

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Volunteer!

This is the moment to walk out with a Buddy!

NEXT   ONLINE TRAINING for VOLUNTEER WALK LEADERS

Thursday 27th April 9.30am-1pm.

– if interested,  please contact Carol or Lynn asap!

The need for support to reconnect folk in this post-pandemic time is greater than ever.  Do you have a couple of hours a week spare?  There is no minimum commitment and we will support you fully with training.  We need help with buddy walks,  chumming to the coffee shop or helping out at Scone Cafe.  You could make a huge difference as a Community Connections volunteer.  Next in-house training dates to be announced.

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Community Connections Services - Gatherings Updates:


SCONE CAFE – We’re thrilled to welcome so many new faces to our core activity, Scone Café (Wednesdays 2-3.30, Abbey Church Hall). But we’re equally delighted to see some of our old friends returning for the first time in a couple of years. Board games now available again – and, as ever, Dorothy’s famous scones, now with help from our wonderful Beacon Lunch friends providing extra scones to meet the demand! We keep going throughout all the seasons – see you there.

SCONE WALKING If the sunshine has inspired you to get out walking again, you can also join us for a gentle wee saunter in good company along the gorgeous Elcho Green above West Beach, with our group walk, Scone Walking (Wednesdays 2.15-2.45pm, please come at 2pm if you are new to us so we can register your details.). There’s still time for a cuppa when you get back!

COFFEE CONNECTIONS continues at the Seabird on Tuesdays (2-3pm) and sometimes we even venture out onto the deck, to get the wind in our hair. Just look out for the bright green Coffee Connections sign at our table – or ask Lyndsey if you prefer someone to meet you outside.

BEACON LUNCHES We might also see you at the divine Beacon lunches (Thursdays 11-1, St Andrew Blackadder Church – voluntary donation), run by volunteers there for over 25 years – you will find Community Connections folk there most Thursdays 12-1, enjoying the wonderful soups and cakes! Ask for us at the door.

NEED A LIFT? No problem – contact our friends at North Berwick Volunteer Car Scheme for a regular weekday lift with a friendly volunteer driver, for a voluntary donation. Contact Scheme Co-ordinator Bex on 07536 388 753, between 9am and 12noon, Monday to Friday.

Buddy Walks Volunteers

Time for a fresh start? We are still keen to recruit new volunteers to join our incredible team.  All details here.

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One to One Community Connections Services


BUDDY WALKS – Our one-to-one Buddy Walks continue to be so popular that there’s a waiting list for now. Please note that our group walk, Scone Walking (see above) is a great option for you meantime – just let us know if you’d like to try them. Gets you out to feel the wind in your hair and new life in your limbs, in great company. Contact Lynn.

BEFRIENDING is another option – usually a weekly chat with one of our friendly, PVG-checked volunteers. Phone calls are possible if you prefer. We encourage you to get out for coffee together when you can, and later on you might like to meet some of our other members. But home visits are occasionally possible, if you’re unable to go out just now. Contact Lynn.

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES is a growing social movement to end loneliness and social isolation for people in our communities affected by bereavement or by a life-limiting condition. Through attending our popular public events or taking part in EASE (End of Life Skills) training, you could learn to support people in your family or community facing these challenges, and help open up the conversation around death and dying. Another option is to become a Compassionate Neighbour volunteer through St Columba’s Hospice, which can be hugely rewarding. Through building genuine friendships, you will have the chance to change lives, including your own. We hope you will consider working alongside us to promote compassion in our local communities. More information on EASE training and the Truacanta Project behind it can be found here

Contact Carol to find out more about this part of Community Connections’ work.

What We Do


Community Connections tackles isolation and helps people connect to their local community.

Would you like more company, conversations and connections in your life?

We can introduce you to new folk, meet you for coffee, chum you along on a walk and help you make the most of your days, whatever the season!

Is it time to venture back to the cafe and reconnect with others, or make new friends? Say the word and we can help.

In our work we find that the best predictor of your current mental health is your “relational health”, or connectedness.
– Dr Bruce Perry, neuroscientist, 2020

Would you like to collaborate with us, to help meet both your group’s aims and ours? We’re working closely with more and more local groups and increasing our networking reach. Please see our Community and our Partnerships sections.

Find out more about us

'Community Connections' Monthly Newsletter


Not ready to take part in our activities yet, want to think about it first, or just want to stay in touch with what we’re doing? Then allow us to send you our cheering, colourful and informative monthly newsletter, by post or email. Just contact Ruth or Lyndsey.

HAVE A HAPPIER YEAR WITH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS! We’re delighted to connect with you in any way that feels right for you. Just get in touch and we’ll discuss your needs.

Ask for our help


We tackle social isolation in the North Berwick Coastal Ward. Our services include Scone Café, befriending, chumming to new activities, Coffee Connections meet-ups, Buddy Walks, monthly Community Connections newsletter.

Would you like to request our service?

Would you like to refer someone else to our service?

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Become a volunteer and make a real difference in your local community.

Find out more about volunteering

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