iConnect Dumfries (SPAEN) opens at the Hub on Friars Vennel

iConnect Dumfries, part of the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) charity group, opened in The Hub on Friars Vennel recently offering people with disabilities, long-term illness or health conditions advice and support.

The services help users pay personal assistants among other functions.

HALO to screen 'Land of Mine' with Introduction and Questions at Robert Burns Theatre

Oscar-nominated film Land of Mine is showing at a special screening at the Robert Burns Cinema in Dumfries on September 21, in association with Thornhill-base charity The HALO Trust.

Major General, James Cowan, chief executive of HALO will introduce the Danish-made film and answer questions about the impact of landmines in the 21st century.

Land of Mine tells the story of a group of young German prisoners of war made to clear a beach of thousands of mines at the end of WW2.

Beat the Street for Blood Bikes

Beat box beepers in Dumfries can collectively help the region’s Blood Bikes to a £1,000 windfall if they clock up 130,000 miles over the next few weeks.

Niall Norbury, of Intelligent Health which is organising Dumfries Beat The Street for the council, said: “If players travel 130,000 miles before the end of the game on October 11, we will donate £1,000 to Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes – a local charity led by volunteers who transport medical supplies across south west Scotland.”


Scottish Government Water Exemption Scheme: Opportunity to provide your feedback

The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the water rates exemption scheme that was introduced in April 2015. As part of this review, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has produced a short survey to enable you to share your thoughts on the scheme. The results will form part of a Scottish Government review so this is a great opportunity to make your voice heard.

Inherit the Earth - Exhibititon Trish Gentry, Christian Aid

A former Dumfriesshire shepherdess is to share her South American adventure to help Christian Aid.

Trish Gentry, aged 69, recently travelled to the Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia with the international development charity.

A photographic exhibition which features her journey will go on display at The Usual Place Cafe in Dumfries’ Academy Street from September 23 to 29.

The exhibition, called Inherit the Earth, shares stories and captivating images of the charity’s work with indigenous communities on projects including solar ovens and water pumps and community vegetable gardens.

There will also be a Christian Aid coffee morning from 10am to noon on Saturday, September 23, at The Usual Place Café, Dumfries.

Independent examination of charity accounts: Directions and guidance for examiners (CC32)

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has today published updated guidance setting out how to carry out an independent examination of charity accounts. 

Independent examination of charity accounts: Directions and guidance for examiners (CC32) updates the Commission’s previous publication published in June 2015, and takes into account comments from a public consultation on the draft guidance which ran from 3 June 2016 to 30 September 2016. Feedback from the consultation has also been published today. 

Are you seeking a meeting/conference venue?

Are you seeking a meeting/conference venue? Then Annan United Reformed Church, Station Road, Annan is the place to be. Facilities available are: 2 large hall’s, with kitchen facilities to each hall. A small meeting room. Disabled access and toilets. Please phone Haydn Higton on 01461 201907 to arrange a viewing. Suggested cost is a donation of £15 a hour to cover heating/electricity costs etc.