Celebrate your volunteers to mark 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week

The 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week is fast approaching, taking place from June 3-9. Once again, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway would love to help you showcase your volunteers throughout the week. We will be featuring the region’s amazing volunteers (including some of our own staff) across all our channels and hope you will want… Read more »

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A fond farewell for Elizabeth

Elizabeth Sykes has worked as Manager of the Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service’s Stranraer Bureau since 2008.

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Regional Arts Fund supports third sector organisations to deliver events

Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with DG Unlimited has made grant awards totalling £50,000 from the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Arts Fund 2024/25. Thirteen local groups across the region are benefiting from the fund this year. Frank Hayes, Chair of DG Unlimited, the independent charity that champions the region’s arts, said: “DG Unlimited is proud… Read more »

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Amazing Summer Fund launches with invite to third sector

Third sector organisations are invted to deliver free activities for vulnerable children and young people aged 5–16.

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New Local Outcomes Improvement Plan approved for Dumfries and Galloway

The plan will be used to help tackle inequalities and build a thriving economy over the next 10 years.

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The Usual Place one of eight in region to benefit from Lottery funding

The Usual Place in Dumfries and seven other organisations in the region will benefit from a share of over £15 million of National Lottery funding which will help to keep vital local services running. The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, means that many community and voluntary sector groups will be able to continue… Read more »

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Food Train names new chief executive

Rosie McLuskie will succeed long-serving Michelle Carruthers in the role from April 1.

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Award celebrates the value of volunteers at Food Train

Food Train has secured top marks for the way in which the charity supports its volunteers to make a positive impact on older peoples’ lives. The Dumfries-founded organisation has been awarded Investing in Volunteers (IiV) status, recognising its high standards for good practice in how it works with its volunteers. Food Train’s operations are supported… Read more »

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Third sector urged to have say on PVG fees and discounts consultation

Disclosure Scotland is consulting on the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme fee waivers, discounting and accredited body fees.

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Charity gives support to families with babies and toddlers

Parents and families experiencing hardship can access essential items they need for their baby and toddler for free. 

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Over £440,000 goes to 30 community projects across D&G

The successful applicants were selected through an independent scoring panel.

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Carers benefit directly by over £1million from new partnership

The substantial sum directly contributes to the well-being of Carers and the individuals they care for.

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Pop-up enterprise hub launched on Dumfries High Street

Fledgling enterprises in Dumfries are being offered the chance to trade for free on the High Street. The opportunity to make use of The Smithy from Fridays until Mondays is part of a package of support being made available for start-ups through a Pop-up Enterprise Hub initiative aimed at providing a springboard to success. Led… Read more »

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Over £620,000 awarded to support community groups across region

A Local Action Group made up of representatives from the third, public, and private sectors decided what applications were successful.

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Almost £3m goes to projects in region from UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund succeeds the old EU structural funds.

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Message from Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway’s new CEO

Hello. I’m delighted to have joined Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway at such an important time for our sector and for our region. Much has changed over the past few years as we face the post-pandemic challenges that we haven’t yet addressed, on top of already difficult pressures for our children, families, and communities. I’m… Read more »

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Consultation and engagement workshops for local place plans

All community groups and community councils interested in gathering the views of their community for local place planning are invited to take part.

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Colleges map out the future in Digital Pathfinder programme

The map is designed to make the future simpler for companies across the region to access digital development.

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Special event held to thank our retiring Chief Executive Officer

Norma became the Chief Executive Officer of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway in 2018.

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Consultant sought to map employability services in region

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) is looking for a consultant to identify third sector organisations within the region that are providing employability-related services to deliver activities linking to the Employability Pipeline. TSDG is one of 32 third sector interfaces in Scotland. There is one in each local authority area. TSDG has four purposes: To… Read more »

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Over £637,000 goes to third sector organisations across D&G

Community groups and charities across Dumfries and Galloway celebrate successful applications to the National Lottery and The Robertson Trust.

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Deadline extended for £50,000 care and support programme

Those who participate will: develop business development and innovation skills, confidence, and leadership capabilities.

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King’s Award for voluntary service for the Veterans Garden

Equivalent to an MBE, it is the highest honour given to local voluntary groups in the UK.

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£50k sum supports ideas to help people live independently 

12 ideas will be selected from submissions to Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership’s Intrapreneurship Programme. 

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Finalists revealed for Dumfries and Galloway Youth Awards 2023

The Youth Awards recognise the incredible achievements, journeys and stories of young people and youth organisations in Dumfries and Galloway.

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New Volunteering Officer sends out offer of support to third sector

Kateryna Stoian’s primary responsibility is to assist volunteer involving organisations in enhancing their capacity and capability in volunteer management.

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Autistic adults in region to receive more support thanks to fund

The funding from the Scottish Government will allow charities to deliver a range of projects.

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Call for consultants to join pool for third sector work

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway has a pool of consultants who we invite to support pieces of work on an ad hoc basis.

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Food Train Chief Executive to stand down

Michelle Carruthers praises volunteers and says: “It’s been an absolute privilege to do my job”.

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SHAX celebrates award for volunteer excellence

The recognition marks the efforts of the organisation’s volunteers and the impact they have had on the community.

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New £450,000 service for people affected by cancer comes to region

The Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service is a tried and tested model which provides one to one, tailored support for people affected by cancer.

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Next CEO selected for Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

Alan Webb will replace the organisation’s current chief executive, Norma Austin Hart, when she retires later this year.

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New chair for region’s Social Enterprise Network

The purpose of SEDG is to create opportunities for the Dumfries and Galloway social enterprise community to develop and thrive.

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New round launches to enable people to live well at home for longer

Applications are now open for the Intrapreneurship Programme to enable people to live well at home for longer.

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New round in Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

The total available in the region is £440,217 and is open to projects supporting those aged 16 and over.

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Ministerial visit to Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway

The Minister had an opportunity to chat with clients who use their services, providing her with a rich insight into their experiences.

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Lottery Funding assures befriending support in Dumfries and Galloway

A Listening Ear Dumfries and Galloway will now be able to expand its current befriending services throughout the region following funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Improving Lives. The project will see A Listening Ear continue its work to support people who are isolated and lonely in the region, extending its already successful telephone… Read more »

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Wigtownshire voluntary group wins national Adult Learners’ Week award

Learners Together has won the Group Award at the national Adult Learners’ Week Awards Ceremony.

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Roadshows to showcase digital tools for social care providers

The Scottish Care Care Technologist Team is excited to announce two upcoming roadshows aimed at bringing together social care providers, the people they support and their Carers and families to explore and share digital tools that can enhance the quality of life for supported people.  The roadshows will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to… Read more »

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£566,000 funding programme opens in Dumfries and Galloway

The Community Led Local Development programme will make more than £566,000 in funding available this year for revenue and capital projects.

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New funding programme due to open in Dumfries and Galloway

The grant fund will open for applications at the end of August, with full details being published in advance.

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Volunteer call out to Armed Forces for nature restoration project

Volunteers are needed to help clear invasive sitka spruce trees over a small part of a community-owned nature reserve.

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Conference to help people with additional support needs get into work

The interactive online conference will showcase where gaps are in service provision and provide insight on people’s experience of accessing employment.

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Happy Hooves celebrates successful Crowdfunding campaign

The funds will play a pivotal role in bringing the long-awaited indoor arena to life.

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Conference gains momentum as partners unite to support unpaid Carers

The Dumfries and Galloway Unpaid Carers Conference will take place at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries on Tuesday October 10.

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Charities showcase services to Lockerbie Academy pupils

The first ever Lockerbie Academy Charity Fair has taken place. The day, organised in partnership between the school and Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG), gave charities the chance to present their services and opportunities to pupils. Children in S3 also had access to local charities to help with their task of selecting an organisation… Read more »

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Growth launches recruitment drive for Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

A number of new jobs are available due to the arrival of the Community Led Local Development programme and funding administration.

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Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway move base to The Crichton

The new base at Monreith House is fully accessible and places the charity amongst a large number of other third sector organisations.

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Community Fund give 22 D&G groups National Lottery funding

Dumfries and Galloway groups celebrate award from The National Lottery Community Fund.

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Amazing Summer Fund 2023 launched for third sector organisations

Organisations are being asked to deliver free activities for children and young people aged 5–16 for the duration of the summer holidays.

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