Call to Register with Care Opinion Website

Care Opinion is an independent website where people can share their honest feedback about health and social care services easily and safely. The Care Opinion team moderate all stories prior to publication on the website and sending them to staff in the relevant health or social care service.  Staff can then respond to stories and everyone can see how and where services are listening, learning and changing in response to feedback.

Care Opinion (under its previous name, Patient Opinion) has been leading the way in online, independent feedback for over 12 years and has been used by all health boards in Scotland over the last six years.   Thousands of stories have been shared to date, leading to hundreds of changes.

Help Improve Support for People Affected by M.E.

Avril McLean works for Action for M.E. on Inform M.E. a new Scottish Government funded project to educate health and social care professionals and improve the health and social care support available to people with M.E.  They will do this by 

·         Empowering people affected by M.E. in Scotland to share personal stories of appropriate care and support that could improve the health and social care services provided to people in Scotland.  

·         Facilitating three roundtable meetings for key health and social care professionals to explore how they can improve the care and support for people affected by M.E. in their area of work and influence. 

Appointment to Dumfries and Galloway’s Integration Joint Board and Board of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (Joint Appointment)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to advocate on behalf of the third sector in the integration of health and social care in Dumfries and Galloway.

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway is a third sector interface that exists to promote, support and develop a strong third sector across Dumfries and Galloway. Our vision is of a strong and sustainable third sector that can make a lasting contribution to the wellbeing of the people and communities of Dumfries and Galloway.

First Meeting of the Third Sector Health and Social Care Forum

The first meeting of the Third Sector Health and Social Care Forum on Tuesday 27th June at 9:30am-12:30pm at St Ninians Church, Whitepark Road, Castle Douglas.

The aim of the forum is to provide Third Sector organisations across the region a space to come together, both in real and virtual terms, to discuss opportunities and challenges; a place to bring together diverse voices to develop insights, build capability and design solutions that will inform and influence policy formation at a local level. The forum will be Third Sector facing and will also provide an opportunity for networking and training within the sector. This first meeting of the Third Sector Health and Social Care forum will provide third sector organisations across the region a space to come together to discuss opportunities and challenges around health and social care.

Job Opportunity with Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre

Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre are looking for a Young Carers Support Worker based in Annandale and Eskdale.

The Young Carers Project aims to provide information, advice and support to young people 7 – 18 years who have caring responsibilities within their family, due to illness, disability or substance misuse.

16 hours per week - £19,188 pro rata – 1 year post

A sound knowledge of working with children and young people is essential as is access to owncar.

This post will be subject to PVG checks

To obtain an information pack and application form, please contact D&G Carers Centre, 2-6 Nith Street, Dumfries, 01387 248600 or

Dumfries and Galloway Charities Pledge to Climb the Equivalent of Mount Everest in 24 Hours

Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity, is teaming up with Dumfries & Galloway Advocacy Service, the region wide charity, to deliver a fundraising challenge across the entire county to raise funds and awareness for both fantastic causes.

Marie Curie and D&G Advocacy are encouraging people to get involved with their summer fundraising challenge – The Great Everest Challenge 2017. A group of adventurous hill-walkers will be climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest, 29,029ft, across Dumfries & Galloway in just 24 hours! These brave supporters will be counting on local support, sponsorships and encouragement to complete their challenge.  Fitness and determination are key for this section of the fundraiser — if you think you’re up for it, get in touch with Pamela Deans, Chief Executive at D&G Advocacy on 01387 247237.

Job Opportunity at Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Job Title              Creative Learning and Engagement Officer (Communities)

Organisation       Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Location              Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

Salary           £24,000 / annum, pro rata

Type       Part-Time (21 Hours / Week for a fixed term until September 2020)

Closing Date       12 noon, Monday 12 June 2017

Mapping Awareness and use of Participation Requests

Are you a member of a community organisation? Have you heard of participation requests, and are you thinking about making one?

Participation requests are a new way for community organisations to have their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. The right to make a participation request to a public body was introduced as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, and came into effect on the 1st April 2017.

Scottish Community Development Centre would like community organisations to tell us about their experience of participation requests so far, even if, before reading this, you had never heard of them. There are two ways for you to give your thoughts.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Devil's Porridge Museum

The Devil's Porriage Museum are looking to recruit volunteers to help in customer service roles and also to work on the documentation and digitization of the museum collections. Volunteers will work on a rota on shifts from 10.00am-13.30pm and 13.30 -17.00pm.

Those interested in volunteering can email Arna Johnston, the  Museum’s Administration Officer at or telephone  01461 70021