South of Scotland Enterprise launch new mobile app

The app has been developed as part of a wider concerted effort to make SOSE more accessible to businesses, community groups and individuals in the South of Scotland.

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Garden’s Mark wins Volunteer of the Year title at Scottish Veterans Awards

The Scottish Veterans Awards were held in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

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New pilot to increase employment opportunities for people with ASN

Help to create the vision for the ASN Learning Network, an exciting pilot to increase employment opportunities in South of Scotland.

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Farewell to LEADER after 20 years and £20 million invested in region

Fears that the region’s efforts to rebuild and regenerate will suffer after 20 years of support for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

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First independent chair of Poverty and Inequalities Partnership appointed

The Poverty and Inequalities Partnership was formed following evaluation of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s first Anti-Poverty Strategy.

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Latest funded projects revealed for 10,000 Voices in Action

£5000 of funding has been allocated in each of the 12 ward areas of Dumfries and Galloway for projects that address priorities identified by young people including mental health, bullying, poverty and youth opportunities.

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Food Train secures first headquarters of its own in Dumfries

Charity grateful for council support as it acquires former local authority building in Dumfries to realise founder’s dream of creating centre for older people.

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Tributes paid after sad passing of Creetown Initiative’s Andrew

The skilled fundraiser secured well over £10million for local and client projects Scotland-wide.

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Peter joins Trust team as new Arts Culture and Heritage Manager

Peter Renwick joins the Trust at the same time as Helen Keron takes on the post of Executive Manager.

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South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy offers 10-year vision

The first ever South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy has been shaped by a series of consultations through which over 1400 voices were heard.

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Community Woodland plans present significant sustainable benefits

The project will aim not only to provide a forest base for the local community to enjoy but also to become the centre for training and development in forestry and rural skills in the South of Scotland.

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100 year biodiversity bid for South of Scotland gets donation boost

The project will transform 81 hectares of land at Kelton Mains, part of the charity’s Threave Garden and Estate, into rich habitats for flora and fauna.

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Community Trust celebrates £95,662 grant for youth programme

The group will use the funding to deliver an E-Sports focused programme of activities for young people in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Buy Social Scotland website launches with corporate challenge

he #BuySocialScotland services directory promotes over 100 organisations delivering social and environmental impact in communities across Scotland.

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Girlguiding Dumfries and Galloway launches across region

Girlguiding Dumfriesshire, Girlguiding Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, and Girlguiding Wigtownshire, have merged to form Girlguiding Dumfries and Galloway.

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Sue joins team at Shambellie House

Sue Hughes has many years’ experience managing museum and heritage sites, along with developing and delivering art, craft and local history workshops.

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New project to help working-age people living with sensory impairment

The new service aims to enable people with sight and/or hearing impairment to adapt to life with sensory loss and maintain and build independence.

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Machars Basics Bank appeals for Food Donations

Machars Basics Bank which provides dedicated support and assistance to families and individuals in need throughout the Machars Area of Wigtownshire, are currently running low on some of their essential items for their food parcels This organisation would be very grateful if anyone has any spare of the below which may be surplus to their… Read more »

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Trust complete delayed training programme in traditional skills

There were 75 trainees in total over five days from all walks of life and all ages.

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Virtual event to explore benefits of 5G technology for South Scotland

The event aims to highlight how to be more productive, efficient and competitive by capitalising upon the upcoming introduction of 5G in the area.

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New report highlights work of TSIs throughout Covid-19

The aim of the review was to better understand the role of Third Sector Interfaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A chat with Community Land Scotland’s Aimee Hesp

The South of Scotland Development Officer outlined for us the support available for aspiring and existing community owners in the area.

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Loch Ken plans to be the world’s first ‘future-ready’ community

The ‘first’ for this type of approach will seek to align the plan with all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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DAGCAS making debt advice more accessible in the region

A new Multi-Channel Debt Advice team will enhance specialist debt advice provision.

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Funding success for The Guild helps promote young performers

The Guild, producers of the popular monthly Dumfries Market Festival have used some of this award to purchase Busking Kits.

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Funding to tackle violence against women and girls

The fund includes more than £28 million for frontline services which provide direct support to women and girls..

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Healthy Ageing competition to support social enterprises

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) are holding a competition to support social enterprises in developing products and services that tackle some of the impacts of ageing. Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Healthy Ageing Challenge, the competition provides full funding of up to £150,000 for individual successful projects as a share of an… Read more »

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New Round of Robin Rigg Community Fund Opens

Solway Firth Partnership (SFP) is once again running the Robin Rigg Community Fund for 2022 on both side of the Solway Firth. The Robin Rigg Community Fund, provided by RWE Renewables, is available to community groups and organisations in the eligible Solway area undertaking activities that contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate… Read more »

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Evolution of Big Burns Supper

Organisers of Big Burns Supper are undertaking a community consultation about the evolution of the festival, and the event model ahead of the next Festival which is due to be staged in January 2022. The festival is produced by a local charity which  runs community projects Dumfries Youth Theatre, Dumfries Community Choir, Dumfries Carnival and… Read more »

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Quarriers to launch new Parent Carer Support Service

The new service will support parent carers of children under 18 affected by disability, physical or mental health issues, or complex support needs. With bases in Dumfries and Stranraer, the service offers: Support to work out what help you need Range of contact methods Advice and information Peer support Training and Development Support to have… Read more »

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2021 Third & Independent Sector Workforce and Recruitment Survey

DG Health and Social Care Partnership is currently developing a new workforce plan and at present there is very little information about our local third and independent sector workforce. At national level, Scottish Care is seeking similar information to input to the Scottish Government. Input is welcome from all providers that operate or work in… Read more »

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Significant rise in region’s drug deaths in first half of 2021

In the first six months of 2021 there was a total of 25 suspected drug-related deaths.

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Communities get active across the region thanks to volunteers

Volunteers have undertaken various training to ensure a range of walks are on offer to people of all abilities.

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Welcome to the Multiverse – Two days of music at spectacular venue

Crawick Multiverse, near Sanquhar, is a 55-acre visitor destination featuring standing stones, great sculpted mounds and other breath-taking features.

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Grow well in Dumfries and Galloway with new App launch

The aim of the free app is to provide information on food and physical activity for expectant parents and families with children under five.

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Free support launched for social enterprises in Dumfries and Galloway

A team of five specialists can offer one-to-one support or an independent perspective on a social enterprise’s vision or structure.

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Castle Douglas Bike And Food Festival needs volunteers

People of all ages and abilities are needed to help deliver a fantastic weekend of action.

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Update on Changes to Employment Law from Citizens Advice Service

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service detail ‘significant’ changes to employment law.

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The Edge – Free gambling education workshops for young people

The six-month pilot project is aiming to raise practitioners skills and knowledge around gambling education.

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Social Media and Communications intern moves on to a bright future

Modern Apprenticeships are focussed on the workplace and students receive remote support from College tutors using digital technology techniques.

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Consultation on draft South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy

The consultation on the draft first ever South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy is open now and runs until Monday August 16.

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See your organisation benefit from a fully funded part-time employee

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) is acting as an approved Kickstart Gateway to help organisations in Dumfries and Galloway to access funding through the Kickstart Scheme. The scheme encourages employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit. Funding covers wage and NI contributions for 25 hours per week for six… Read more »

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Scottish Government hand over Shambellie House to local Trustees

It is planned to start to deliver a range of courses in January delivered by local artists, makers, photographers and practitioners.

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Development Forum helps bring Tour Series to town for festival

The 2021 Tour Series calendar been announced revealing three new host venues for this August’s events. Castle Douglas will host the final of the series within a new Bike and Food festival, which will feature street bike races and a gravel sportive ride alongside a food and drink spectacular. The events will start on Thursday… Read more »

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Loch Ken Ranger Service receives support from Better Places Fund

An award from the Better Places 2 fund has allowed the Trust to enhance its ranger service, gearing up for what promises to be a busy summer.

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Move More relaunches across the region

The Move More physical activity programme has recently relaunched in Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway Council is working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Dumfries and Galloway to deliver the programme which is specifically designed for people affected by cancer but is also suitable for those with a long-term condition. Being active… Read more »

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Venture Trust supporting people to gain life skills, stability and confidence

Venture Trust’s wilderness journeys help deliver three-phase personal development programmes that include one-to-one and group support, outdoor learning experience, and ongoing skills development and community-based support. They are looking to work with teams or organisations that work with young people, adults and/or veterans struggling with issues such as: involvement with the criminal justice system long… Read more »

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Launch of Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme

The Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders programme will see up to 50 young people between the ages of 18 and 29 benefit from a nine-month professional and personal development programme backed by mentoring, and placements across the public and third sector. Programme participants will receive: • A National Living Wage equivalent grant (currently £8.91 per hour)…. Read more »

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Libby joins team at Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service

Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service delivers independent one to one and collective advocacy across the region.

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Business Development events for you

Thank you for your interest in our Business Development workshops. Our new programme for 2023 will be announced in due course. For more third sector events available for you, go to our Events section.

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