Supporting families who have children with additional, complex or rare conditions

"Perhaps the loneliest, saddest and darkest
time was waiting to find out what was wrong
with my son. It took over two and a half years."

Quotes from the heart by parents

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Next Meeting


16 February 2019
10:30 am
at BANG at Tweedbank Community Centre
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Borders Additional Needs Group | About Us: Our History

Borders Additional Needs Group was founded in May 2006, by a local health visitor and 4 parents to establish a parent run support group that would allow children with additional, rare or complex needs and their families and carers to meet and support each other.

A Bit About Our History


Borders Additional Needs Group was founded in May 2006, by a local health visitor and 4 parents to establish a parent run support group that would allow children with additional, rare or complex needs and their families and carers to meet and support each other.


"Out With the Normal Box"


There was a lack of this diverse type of support group in the Scottish Borders and therefore a great need.

Borders Additional Needs Group's objective was to -

  • Meet monthly and offer support

  • Provide information

  • Liaise within the voluntary sector

to help those parents with children that fell "out with the normal box", children that had undiagnosed, rare and complicated conditions.


Within our first year we had a membership of 16 families and our success was overwhelming. 

Looking Forward


B.A.N.G began to formalise after our first year's success and a Constitution was adopted with the help of CBVAS in September 2006.

B.A.N.G Constitution (PDF) »

Today, B.A.N.G's parent membership is in excess of 35 families. 

B.A.N.G have created a directory of information accessible to all our members. It contains information on benefits, funding and holidays as well as information specific to various conditions. Voluntary agencies send us information regularly to keep us up to date.

B.A.N.G looks forward to developing the group and widening its resources for the forthcoming years.