Who We Are
Welcome to Nurture the Borders.
We are a not for profit community interest company (CIC) limited by guarantee. Nurture the Borders was founded by a group mums in the Scottish Borders for the benefit of local parents and children.
We aim to ensure that all new parents in the Borders feel fully supported, included within the community and are equiped and confident to make the best choices for their babies and themselves.
As a CIC we are legally required to reinvest our profits into th the work we do for the community. Our profits and assets are used for the benefit of parents, particularly those who may be disadvantaged as a result of social, health or emotional dificulties.
We aim to help parents to:
Have a positive experience throughout pregnancy, birth and the early years with their child.
Prepare for and feel ready for birth and life with their new baby.
Care well for themselves and their baby by growing their own knowledge, skills and confidence as a parent.
Find the support and friendships they need to do these things.
So why have we chosen to be a company rather than a charity?
Well, several reasons really – we saw that business could be done differently, with the emphasis on social aims rather than making money. We enjoy the flexibility that being a company offers, it means that we can act flexibly and innovatively. We also like that we are able to trade which helps us to generate our own income, this along with donations and grants is how we fund the projects we run to benefit mums and babies.
We have a Board of Directors -which sounds grand but which really means that we have a group of ‘critical friends’ who make sure that the Company is carrying out the projects for the benefit of our ‘stakeholders’ (Mums, babies and their families, peer supporters and the health and social care professionals we work alongside). We have one specialist director who is a qualified antenatal and maternity professional and our other Board members bring a wide variety of skills, experience and expertise, but most importantly of all we are all mums ourselves. We sometimes co-opt members to help us with specific issues.
For more information about CIC’s please see Community Interest Companies.