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Play your part

There are many ways to play a part. You can pledge a small change, join the conversation on our social media sites, tell us about a small change that made a big difference to your health and wellbeing or your working practice. Complete the 'Get Involved enquiry' form opposite.Or you can post your story on facebook@smallchangesnow or on Twitter@smallchangesnow 

If you or your team are interested in taking part and being part of the 'Small Changes, Big Difference', complete the 'Get Involved' enquiry form.

Cycle 2 Work scheme 2017

​This will be open to SBC and SB Cares staff from 1 February to 12 March. You can choose from thousands of bikes and make savings on Tax and National Insurance.Applications are made via secure portals and your digitally signed order is sent to your employer for approval. Once approved you receive a Letter of Collection by email so you can go and collect your new bike. For more information, visit www.cycle2work.info,  call 0345 504 6444 or read more in the leaflet.

How to order your new bike 

Bikes can be ordered through the Cycle 2 Work scheme which includes the following local stores in the Scottish Borders:

  • Galashiels – Halfords and Diamond Cycle Centre
  • Glentress – Alpine Bikes
  • Innerleithen – Alpine Bikes
  • Peebles - Bspoke Cycles
  • Kelso – Simon Porteous Cycles
  • Melrose – Hardies Bikes

If you want to get fitter and be more active in 2017, cycling is a good way to achieve this. And what’s more you can reduce your carbon footprint by spending less time in your car! 

To make cycling to work at SBC HQ, a more attractive, feasible option you can also access the showers at HQ in the bunker area. 

New Year offers

Why not take the first step to making a small change in your own routines or supporting your colleagues to make their own small changes? Sign up for the ‘lifestyle challenge’ or to be a ‘workplace champion’!  

Lifestyle Challenge - Start 2017 by being one of 20 members of staff signing up to take part in a lifestyle challenge? You will be provided with free access to a lifestyle adviser, selected activities at LIVE Borders and a free pedometer. 

If you are interested in taking part in the lifestyle challenge, please provide us with a short email stating:

  1. why you want to take part and what is motivating you to get involved?
  2. what small change you wish to make you?.

Workplace champion - Could you be a SCBD champion in your workplace setting? The first 25 applicants will receive a free LIVE Borders pass for either 12 fitness classes or 8 weeks of gym and swim classes. In return, are you willing to champion the campaign in your work area, encourage others to join in, share your story or pledge to make a change or support others to change? 

If you are keen to be a ‘workplace champion’, please provide us with a short email stating:

  1. why you want to be workplace champion and what is motivating you to get involved?
  2. How you plan to support work colleagues get involved in the ‘Small Changes, Big Difference’ campaign?

Get your applications in by 25 January 2017 to SCBD@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Further details on both offers
If you are successful we will obtain your consent to follow your journey and share your story on this website and on our social media pages. We will also take your photo for use in SCBD communications and find out which offers you are interested in.

Healthy cooking skills course - Want to know how to cook more nutritionally balanced meals? Staff from the SBC Catering Team will be offering a pilot of cooking skills sessions in March. A small group will learn how to make tasty and healthy recipes. In return, all we will ask is that you share your photo and story of how you enjoyed the course or how it helped you to feel good about your héalth and wellbeing. 

Suggestion box

If you have innovative ideas that could be tested out at work, suggestions for improvement or case studies of effective work in practice, please let us know.  Click here to complete the suggestion form.

Taking part

Over the coming months you can read about some of our inspiring stories here.