New fund opens for social enterprises in Dumfries and Galloway

A new Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise Grant Programme has launched for Realising Market Potential. The aim of this fund is to invest in social enterprises to grow the social economy in the region. There is a total of £50,000 available in the programme for projects with applications open up to a maximum of £5,000…. Read more »

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Sadness at the passing of our friend and colleague

Everyone at Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway is deeply saddened at the passing of our friend and colleague Sharee Donoghue. Sharee was our Lead for Employability, Skills and Learning and joined the organisation in November 2021. Since then, she built and strengthened relationships with partners and other third sector organisations using her experience of over… Read more »

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Third sector given advance notice about launch of fund’s next round

The next round of the Community Led Local Development Fund in Dumfries and Galloway is on its way. The fund priorities locally will be: Small revenue grants will be available up to £5,000 and the main revenue and capital grants programme will open to applications up to £50,000. A Local Action Group (LAG) made up… Read more »

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Community asset transfer success for groups and charities across the region

Four community asset transfers from Dumfries and Galloway Council and the lease of land at Agnew Park in Stranraer to a local charity have been given the go-ahead this week. Queensberry Garages in Sanquhar was the site for a successful transfer application from Sanquhar Enterprise Company. Located off Queensberry Square, the garages will be refurbished… Read more »

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Food Train – Volunteers’ Week 2024

What do volunteers mean to Food Train? Volunteers are Food Train. The charity introduces us to some for Volunteers’ Week 2024. We’re so grateful to all those past, present, and future who care to give their time and effort to make Food Train services happen across Dumfries and Galloway. This celebration of volunteering week, we… Read more »

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University invites third sector organisations to take part in welcome fairs

Third sector organisations are being invited to take part in the Welcome Week at The University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus from September 16th-20th. The university is seeking enthusiastic stallholders for various fairs, held daily from 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Rutherford McCowan Building on the Crichton Campus. Here’s what is planned for the week: Monday,… Read more »

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Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway – Volunteers’ Week 2024

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Volunteers Week, we are taking a look closer to home and featuring some of our own staff who volunteer for local organisations in their spare time. Richard Rennie, is our Locality Development Officer in Nithsdale, and volunteers as a cricket club coach. He said: “I recently moved back… Read more »

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Build Innovate Sustain conference postponed until later in the year

With the General Election due to take place on July 4, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway has made the difficult decision to postpone our development conference ‘Build Innovate Sustain’ until later in the year. The election announcement has brought with it insurmountable logistical hurdles that require us to reschedule, to ensure the event can fully… Read more »

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Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service – Volunteers’ Week 2024

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service profiles two volunteer generalist adviser for Volunteers’ Week 2024 Andrew Nyondo: Volunteer Generalist Adviser “Volunteering makes me feel like I am making a contribution to society.” Andrew Nyondo is a Volunteer Generalist Adviser at the Dumfries Bureau of Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service. Originally from Nigeria, he first… Read more »

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Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club youngsters – Volunteers’ Week 2024

Young volunteers donate their time to Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club and are mentored through the Saltire Awards Scheme. With their passion for the sport, the fantastic team of 9 young volunteers work with the gymnasts weekly in their classes and help out at club discos and competitions.  We have had great success in mentoring our… Read more »

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The Devil’s Porridge Museum – Volunteers Week 2024

The success of The Devil’s Porridge Museum is attributed to our dedicated volunteers, who come from all age groups. Our volunteers support different areas of the museum, from reception and the museum’s cafe, to supporting our collections, research projects, and clubs, as well as educational and holiday activities. In 2023, they provided activities and events… Read more »

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Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club – Volunteers’ Week 2024

Volunteers have always played a key role in our club structure throughout the years, more so now than ever. As our club continues to grow, the commitment and dedication from our volunteers is extremely valued. In our four-piece competitive section, we have Lorna and Lisa, who volunteer numerous hours weekly to help our gymnasts and… Read more »

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Stewartry Dog Training Club – Volunteers’ Week 2024

For #VolunteersWeek, we feature Stewartry Dog Training Club, which was established in 1987 to provide people in the Stewartry and surrounding areas with an opportunity to train and learn with their dogs. The club also runs classes for puppies to help new owners, is registered with the Kennel Club and runs the Kennel Club Good… Read more »

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Castle Douglas Development Forum – Volunteers’ Week 2024

For #VolunteersWeek, we feature some of the projects and the valuable work of Castle Douglas Development Forum. Stepping Stones Community Larder Stepping Stones Community Larder and Foodbank has been operating as a foodbank for over three years and more recently, as a community larder open to all, for almost a year now. They have an… Read more »

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FM’s pledge to eradicate child poverty sparks call for third sector investment

A pledge by the First Minister to eradicate child poverty in Scotland has been welcomed by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) with a call to invest in the sector’s work in communities. In his statement to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, First Minister John Swinney made it clear that ending child poverty was the… Read more »

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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 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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