News from Home Basics

Mollie MacIntosh

Everyone at Home Basics were saddened to hear of the passing of one of our longest-serving Members and advocates, Mollie MacIntosh.

Mollie was 99¾ years young and a frequent visitor and support of our charity since we moved to Walkerburn in 2003. A regular attendee at our Annual General Meetings, she always showed a genuine interest in our work and would canvass our cause to most of the local organisations with which she was involved. I suspect lots of charities across Peeblesshire will say the same as she knew lots of people and wasn’t shy to use her influence when it benefitted the community.

A true character, she will be remembered and missed by her many friends and contacts across the area.

Many thanks Mollie, for all your kindness and consideration over the years. It was a pleasure to know you.

Dennis Fisher
Home Basics

Driver Support - Volunteer Opportunity

Our friendly and dedicated team are currently looking for reliable van driver Support to help with our furniture deliveries, collections and assist in the Walkerburn warehouse.  Further information noted below.

To express interest or discuss please call our Walkerburn office on 01896 870455 or email: walkerburn@homebasics.org.uk.  Please state you are enquiring about Driver Support and provide a contact number in email messages.  Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Phone numbers

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

Self Referral Scheme

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Home Basics is pleased to announce their new Self Referral Scheme, where people on means-tested benefits can apply for a 25% discount on many of their purchases at either of the Home basics depots in Walkerburn and Hawick. Delivery charges are also discounted by 50%.

The new scheme is intended to enable Home Basics to help more people in the Scottish Borders who need good quality, low priced furniture and electrical items.

To be eligible, applicants must be able to produce evidence of one of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • People on sanctions may also qualify.

Evidence would include letters from benefit agencies, housing associations, Job centre, etc.

There is a simple application form to complete which should be handed to Home Basics staff along with the evidence, which will be returned to you.

Forms are available form our depots an can be downloaded from our website.

Terms and Conditions apply.