News from Home Basics

Marketing Coordinator vacancy

Marketing Coordinator

13 hours a week.  £8.75 per hour.

12 month contract (extension subject to funding).

Home Basics is looking to employ  someone to coordinate our marketing and raise awareness of our service in order to attract customer & clients, recruit volunteers, and to attract donations of household items.

Some experience of marketing is essential, but please see the Job Description and Person Specification for more details about this post.

Application forms and information can be downloaded from here.

Completed forms should be in by 4pm on Monday 10th September.

Interviews at Walkerburn first week of October with post to start as soon as possible.

12 000 PAT tests and counting...

Picture features our qualPAT testers from the left Frank and Colin and Home Basics volunteer Stuart.

The PAT testers at Home Basics Walkerburn have just tested the 12 000th electrical item, and slightly amused that it had to be this pink plastic lamp.
We here at Home Basics are still proud of their achievement. Testing everything from small electrical items to white goods the PAT testing work enables Home Basics to keep electrical items away from landfill and letting them have a continued life. All electrical items donated go through the PAT testing and once sold come with a two month warranty. Some white goods are reserved for customers on means tested benefits as they are in high demand and we aim to help Borderers on low incomes to furnish their homes.
Home Basics would like to thank the Borders population, who have donated every one of the 12 000 electrical items tested and hope for their continued support in the future.


Community Partnership, TSB

We are delighted to have been chosen as the local charity partner for the Galashiels and Hawick
branches of the TSB. Gary Johnston and Craig Gilfether from the TSB visited our Hawick shop,
and presented Home Basics with a £200 cheque. The money will help us with our work,
supporting people on low incomes.The cheque was received by Dennis Fisher, our business manager,
on behalf of Home Basics.


Pete Wiggins

Pete Wiggins

Home Basics are sad to learn of the passing of one of its original volunteers, Pete Wiggins. Pete started with us back in 1999 and worked on our Board of Directors, our van, and on customer sales.

Since his retirement in 2014 he maintained regular contact and an interest in our charity, and we were always pleased to see him. Despite poor health he always had a smile and a joke to share. Many of the local volunteers at Walkerburn have worked with Pete over the years and will be paying their respects at his funeral.

Out of respect, Home Basics will be closing from 11am until 2pm on Friday 12th January and we apologise for the inconvenience to our customers.