Community Outreach

Outreach takes people out of their everyday routine to do something new, creative and fun. Being creative is so good for you. It boosts confidence, combats stress and gives you time out from every day pressures.   Whether through music, art, craft, drama or movement, you can get creative, learn something new and recharge your batteries.

Grand Hands is the Eastgate’s main outreach project in 2017.  This is a travelling crafts club for the older community who live in assisted accommodation and attend the RVS Social Centre, Peebles.  The project is  now in its third year, and has developed into a fundraising craft club, selling the crafts the participants designed and created by the participants to raise funds for local causes.

The assisted accommodation involved this term are Riverside House and Halyrude Court.

The Grand Hands team has visited one venue each week to run craft workshops which all finished with the very important cup of tea, cake and time to chat.  The crafts included Christmas Tree decorations, natural fire lighters and beaded key rings. These items were all sold and local charities Peebleshire Foodbank and RNIB Talking Books were the first charities chosen to share the proceeds.

The Grand Hands team is Alice Clarke – local artist and lead tutor; Jillian Scott – SBC Community Capacity Building;and Gilliam Limb – Eastgate Theatre Volunteer.

If you are a group with a creative idea that you would like to discuss please get in touch 01721 725777 or

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