News from Home Basics

Job Vacancy


Home Basics, Hawick

1st March 2018 to 30th September 2019
24 hours per week, to include Saturdays. Job share considered.

Home Basics is a furniture re-use charity based in Walkerburn and Hawick. We are looking for an Assistant Shop Manager to operate in our shop in Teviot Crescent, Hawick to provide support and cover to the Hawick Shop Manager, and to oversee Saturday opening.

Sales experience an advantage, must be confident with computers. Tasks include stock management and customer sales, delivery scheduling and volunteer support.

24 hours pw. Saturdays and other days to be agreed £8.75 ph with occasional extra hours available.

Commencement from 1st March 2018

Completed application forms only please – no CV’s.

Email or phone 01896 870455 for application forms and further details.

Closing date

Friday 26th January 2018

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.



Generous donation from Peebles Round Table

Colin Watt (Home Basics) and Matt Kennedy (Peebles Round Table)

Home Basics were very happy to accept a donation from Peebles Round Table to purchase a new Portable Application Tester for our Walkerburn depot.

With only one machine and four testers, there were times when we were struggling to get enough electrical items tested, and our storage area was becoming overloaded. With a second machine we can now get twice as many items tested and out for sale.

We were pleased to welcome Matt Kennedy of the Peebles Round Table to present the machine to Colin Watt, PAT employee of Home Basics. The new machine is a portable version – effectively a mini-computer – which records all tests and can be used for external testing as well.

Home Basics would like to sincerely thank the Round Table for their Generous support.

Co-op Community Fund

Home Basics is proud to have been supported by our local community through the Co-op Community Fund to the amount of £2030.80.

The funding will be used to raise awareness of our charity and its services, particularly to attract new volunteers. The money will also be used to attract the support of local businesses to help us to help more local people in need and to offer volunteering opportunities to those looking to increase their employability

Thank you again to the Co-op for their valued support.

Phone numbers

Please note that we are no longer using the 870355 telephone number. Please use 01896 870455 to contact our Walkerburn depot.