14 October 2015 - digital engagement workshop for community councils

This will be held on 20th November from 9.45 am to 15.45 pm at Scottish Borders Council HQ in Newtown St Boswells. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop will allow delegates to share how their community council uses the internet to engage with local community members, explore solutions to problems that have been encountered, and build relationships with others to create a pool of digital engagement expertise and resources for community councils across Scotland.

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP at the following link by 13th November -

If you have any questions about this event please contact Bruce Ryan at Edinburgh Napier University - email

17 November 2014 - Virtual network launched for community councils

Since 2006, Scottish Borders Community Councils Network has represented community councils in the area, and provided regular networking and information sessions. However, we recognise it is not practical for all community councillors to attend our quarterly meetings or annual seminar at Newtown St Boswells.

Therefore, following requests from a number of community councils, we are pleased to announce the launch of an online network for community council members.
This It will be a place where all community council members (including SBC councillors) can share and seek advice on all matters relating to community councils, including governance, planning applications, community engagement and financial matters.

All community council members are encouraged to sign up at

3 October 2014 - What is the 'third sector'?

The third sector is another name for the voluntary sector. Organisations can generally be divided into three distinct economic sectors: public, private and voluntary. The public sector comprises government and public bodies; the private sector comprises businesses which aim to make profit for their owners; and the third sector comprises not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations including charities, social enterprises, housing associations, and sports clubs.

Is is often asked whether community councils are part of the public sector or the third sector. There is no clear answer to this: community councils have a clear public function and are formally recognised by statute; however, community councils have characteristics common to voluntary/community organisation (e.g. community council members are volunteers drawn from the communities they serve).