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Fed up Community Cafe

A new community cafe has been set up in Stranraer to help fight poverty, social isolation and loneliness.

The Fed Up Community Cafe offers free meals, food parcels, one to one support, training, workshops, life skills.

Health and Social Care Scotland - Website launch

Health and Social Care Scotland launched their website at their conference last week. This has key infromation and resources relating to health and social care. Click here to be taken directly to their webiste. They will also be publishing a quarterly newsletter. See attachement to read the first copy for future reference, their newsletters can be found here.

SCVO State of the Sector Survey

 At the start of the year, SCVO published figures which showed that public trust in charities had dropped by nine percentage points in two years. In the first half of 2018 some large, household-name charity organisations were exposed by the press for their failure to protect those who depended on them. As a result, themes like safeguarding, governance and reputation have been prominent for the sector over the past 12 months.The last survey took place two years ago and a lot has changed since then, so they are looking to find out what matters to the sector now. By letting them know what your thoughts, concerns and hopes for civil society in 2019 are, you can help inform their policy approach. 


Tackling Poverty by making ends meet - Participatory Budgeting 2018-9

Maximum Available: £20,000
Closing Date: 11/01/2019 (All day)
Information Source: Email

Dumfries and Galloway Council has made £250,000 of Tackling Poverty funding available to help local people 'make ends meet' and tackle the causes and effect of Child Poverty.

Funding will be available to local people, groups, and organisations who want to stand up to poverty and do something positive in our local communities.

Bank of Scotland Foundation Accepting Applications for 2019 Funding

Maximum Available: £
Closing Date: 03/01/2019 - 12:00
Information Source: Grantfinder

Registered charities in Scotland that are seeking funding to support their community in 2019 can apply now for small and medium grants.

The Bank of Scotland Foundation's funding programme offers grants to registered charities that are working to develop and improve their local communities.

Registered charities in Scotland can apply as long as they are working towards the following objectives:

  • Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
  • Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation.
  • Improving the standard of local facilities.
  • Developing and improving local communities (Medium grants only).
  • Financial literacy and financial inclusion (Medium grants only).

The grants are as follows:

  • Small Grants Programme accepts applications between £1,000 and £10,000.
  • Medium Grants Programme accepts applications between £10,001 and £25,000.

Charities can apply to this grants programme once every 12 months.

The grants application programme will close for a two week period after each closing deadline.

For more information, please use the following link:

YouthLink Scotland Announces Final Round of Cashback for Creativity Open Fund

Maximum Available: £10,000
Closing Date: 25/01/2019 - 13:00
Information Source: Grantfinder

This scheme provides funding to increase the number of young people participating in high quality arts programmes in Scotland.

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund has been established to support organisations seeking small amounts of funding to deliver creative activities for young people in Scotland – primarily those who have traditionally found it hardest to access creative opportunities.

Throughout the current cycle of the programme £300,000 will be awarded to support community-based arts projects, with individual proposals being able to access awards of up to £10,000 to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity for young people.

Awards from the fund will be made to organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries, third sector and youth work sector. Applicants should be based in Scotland, working with young people and supporting the delivery of free community-based arts activities for those aged 10-24 who are living in Scotland.

For more information, please use the following link:

Events and Training

Carers Breaks with ia2ps

Date / Time: 07/02/2019 - 18:00 to 10/02/2019 - 15:00
Venue: The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel

increased access 2 psychological support 

Are you a Carer? 

Do you need a Break?

Craft Baking Masterclass

Date / Time: 18/01/2019 (All day)
Venue: Dumfries and Galloway Council, Stranraer Campus

Are you a ‘British Bake Off’ fan? Have you always wanted to learn how to make that perfect puff pastry, a Swiss roll that does not crack, make that melt-in-the-mouth chocolate soufflé and gain an SCQF Level Qualification? Well, here is your chance! Join our resident Chef Tony Budde  for a Craft Bakery Masterclass. This will run over 12 mornings. Each morning will have a different theme and you will learn new bakery skills. And, on your final day you will take part in your own Stranraer Bake Off!

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Date / Time: 08/01/2019 (All day)


The fee for this course is £200 per person (includes AAT student membership and all registration and assessment fees). You may be eligible for ITA funding for this course.

Course Content

This course teaches you the basic accounting principles and techniques and includes the following units: