Get free and impartial advice this winter on energy and cost of living

The service wants people worried about their energy bills to seek wraparound advice that could see their incomes boosted.

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Dumfries and Galloway young people celebrated at annual Youth Awards

The audience heard the remarkable and inspirational stories of the 24 finalists, who were shortlisted from over 200 nomination.

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Community groups receive tree from Queen’s Green Canopy Tree of Trees

Both join over 300 organisations from across the UK as recipients of these special trees.

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New website launched in D&G to help with cost-of-living increases

The website has been developed by the region’s Poverty and Inequalities Partnership and will signpost people in need to information and resources.

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Double for D&G third sector at Scotland Loves Local Awards

Stranraer’s The Furniture Project and The Guild Dumfries take top prizes for work to tackle climate change and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit.

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Telephone befriending service spreads its wings across Dumfries and Galloway

A Listening Ear began after a group got together to think of ways to support lonely and isolated people stuck at home because of Covid.

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New Chair sought for Tackling Poverty and Inequalities Partnership

The Chair works closely with all partners in the area of tackling poverty and inequalities in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Motion lodged in Parliament recognising digital exclusion research

The report is the first known primary research report looking at the issue of digital exclusion specific to Dumfries and Galloway.

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Community Asset Transfer progress agreed for third sector organisations

Alive Community Radio, Lockerbie Squash and Racketball Club and Tundergarth Kirk had all asked for a transfer.

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Energy costs impacting on future of third sector services across region

The survey showed 28 per cent of organisations were reducing a service and 10 per cent closing a service, as a result of energy costs.

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Boost your income and sales for free with Buy Social Scotland

Do you have a product or experience you could sell as a Christmas gift?

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Social Care Workers have cost of PVG covered until end of March

The Scottish Government has reintroduced these measures in recognition of the severity of the issues currently affecting this sector.

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Over £500,000 to be shared between 17 groups in Dumfries and Galloway

The groups are among 299 from across Scotland that are sharing in grants from The National Lottery Community Fund.

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Call out to disabled young people across Dumfries and Galloway

The Youth Matters Conference is created by disabled young people, for disabled young people aged 12-25.

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SOSE teams up with two local charities for maintenance work contract

The agreements, which last until 2025, see the charities committed to carrying out landscaping services.

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Do you have an idea that could help people live better at home for longer?

Dumfries and Galloway’s Health and Social Care Partnership have pledged an investment fund of £30,000 over the next six months.

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Galloway Glens Scheme embarks on final year of delivery

The Galloway Glens Scheme is supported by a grant of more than £2.7million through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Community at the heart of Loch Ken Trust’s latest support

The project is part of the Loch Ken Plan, which aims to make Loch Ken the world’s first ‘Future Ready Community’.

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Partnership highlight cost of living support across region

The role of charities, community groups, and voluntary organisations will be critical.

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Landmark research report details digital exclusion in D&G

The report is the first outcome of a 12-month research project to investigate the extent of digital exclusion in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Lifeline services at risk as organisations call for funding assurances

Spring 2022 saw the cost of operating increase for most organisations, impacting their ability to deliver core services.

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Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project celebrates 25th anniversary

The Project has already worked with 1500 young people across the region, with offices in Dumfries and Newton Stewart.

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South Scotland’s biggest land buyout for community doubles size of reserve

The South of Scotland’s largest community buyout is set to double in size having defied the odds and “achieved the impossible” for a second time in two years, following one of the most ambitious community fundraising campaigns ever seen.  A historic agreement for 5,300 acres of land and three properties between The Langholm Initiative charity… Read more »

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Region’s Citizens Advice Service website now accessible and inclusive

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service website is now Accessible and Inclusive with the help of the ‘Recite Me’ assistive toolba

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Third sector organisations urged to sign up for town’s action group

All third sector organisations with an interest in Dumfries Town Centre would be welcome members.

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Kirkcudbright RNLI Community Garden is completed

The project was led by John Collins, lifeboat operations manager and mechanic at the Kirkcudbright RNLI.

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Take a tour of Robert Burns Ellisland Museum in the world of Minecraft

Now you can explore Robert Burns Ellisland Museum and Farm in Minecraft. Players can navigate the faithfully recreated 18th century farm and interact with the bard, his wife Jean Armour, their son Bobby and some of the animals on the farm, in the Explore Ellisland Minecraft game. Explore Ellisland includes a new recording of Auld… Read more »

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Quilters join carers at inclusive play park

Their work will be exhibited at the Dumfries and Galloway Quilt Festival, which runs at Shambellie from September 23 to October 9.

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Food Train officially opens first home of its own with new Dumfries headquarters

The older people’s charity has unveiled a new community hub and HQ following more than a quarter of a century of saving to make it possible.

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Third sector asked to feed into future plans for UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Dumfries and Galloway Council is required to have discussions with local stakeholders as to how the UKSPF can best support communities, businesses and people.

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Wellbeing for Creativity programme at Shambellie House a great success

Funding from the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund was secured to develop a ‘Wellness Through Creativity’ programme.

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Digital exclusion research project for region attracting national interest

Charities and community groups helped feed in almost 900 responses from individuals to the project.

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Hardship Fund helps reduce digital isolation of region’s vulnerable

The fund ran during the Covid-19 restrictions and prevented recipients from becoming digitally excluded and reduced isolation.

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Being a young trustee in Dumfries and Galloway

Being a Trustee is an important role that can equip you with the skills to help you advance, personally and professionally.

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Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway goes back on tour for roadshows

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway are relaunching their roadshows across the region this summer.

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Royal recognition for Dumfries and Galloway volunteer groups

Three volunteer groups in Dumfries and Galloway have been royally recognised in this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The QAVS is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and two of this year’s winners are in Wigtownshire – the Port William Community Association and the West Galloway Branch of St… Read more »

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New Chief Operating Officer appointed at Crichton Trust

Rachel Cowper joins the Trust from the University of Glasgow where she was the Programme Director.

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The Kinder Shop to help Dumfries charities

The world’s first shop where you pay with kindness will open in Dumfries on June 20 and could give a big boost to local charities. It is being funded by The Cumberland Building Society as part of an initiative to promote kindness. Charities and organisations who would benefit from extra volunteering are invited to link… Read more »

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Citizens Advice team help at Social Security Appeal Tribunals

The team helps people who have taken their benefits claims through to the appeals process and who require representation at appeal hearing.

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award looks for applicants

Applications will be submitted directly by national charities during May to mid-June. 

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Citizens Advice Service team get muddy to raise funds for charity

The team are tackling the event on July 3 under the team name The Scrambled Legs.

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Better Lives Partnership joins additional support needs learning network

The aims of this network are to increase employment opportunities, share best practices, and encourage innovation as well as identify barriers to opportunities.

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£15 million for second year of community mental health fund

Ninety-one community organisations across the length and breadth of south of Scotland have already shared almost £2.5million.

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Fund opens for new summer events for children and young people

Organisations are sought to deliver free activities for children and young people aged 5-14 for the duration of the summer holidays

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Final opportunity for census return

Householders across Scotland are being offered a short extension until the end of May to complete their census return, National Records of Scotland (NRS) have confirmed. By allowing outstanding online and paper returns to be submitted over a further four weeks, NRS is ensuring that everyone across the country has the opportunity to complete their… Read more »

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Dumfries and Galloway students give back to their community

A dozen students, from the college’s Stranraer campus, took part in Leonard Cheshire in Scotland’s ‘Can Do’ programme.

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Free training planned by Community Action through Participation and Engagement Network

The Community Action through Participation and Engagement Network (CAPE) is planning free training over the summer. This training is for people with a remit or interest in engaging with communities to find out local views and ideas. What is Participatory Appraisal? A method of conducting action research A toolkit of community development approaches and methods… Read more »

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Old Police Station community-led housing wins national award

The Old Police Station project was the winner in the “Best Old Wreck” category, reflecting the restoration of the long-term vacant building.

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New directors appointed to board of Midsteeple Quarter

Two new volunteer directors have been appointed at the ambitious organisation working to breathe new life into Dumfries High Street. Frances Campbell and Robert Richmond have taken their places on the Board of Midsteeple Quarter, which has taken a string of prominent underused buildings into community ownership as part of a trailblazing regeneration project. Both… Read more »

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Multiagency Adult Support and Protection (Level 2) Training for staff working with vulnerable adults

The multiagency training sessions are aimed at all partner agency staff who work with vulnerable adults.  The full day training event will feature input from Social Work, MASH, Police Scotland, D&G NHS, and D&G Advocacy Service. Learning Outcomes: •            The principles to be followed in Adult Protection Intervention and your role •            Definition of ‘adult… Read more »

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