Autumn 2017 Dumfries & Galloway Locality Newsletter Alzheimer Scotland

Inside this newsletter you will find out about upcoming events, such as the Dumfries Memory Walk, which this year takes place at Dock Park, as well as an open door event at the Dementia Resource Centre, where we are also having a Tech Team drop-in session for the latest technology for living well with dementia. You will also be able to read about what’s been happening with the Community Activities in the area and the beautiful notelet cards that the photography group has developed and which are available in the Resource Centre

Invitation to discuss the new dementia strategy

Alzheimer Scotland would like to invite you to attend a dementia strategy café/discussion meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to gather views of people with dementia and carers on the content of the 3rd national dementia strategy which was launched by the Scottish Government on 28th June 2017. These meetings will help us to identify what is important to people with dementia and carers in Dumfries and Galloway.

Respite Care in the Stewartry - Survey

We would like to get feedback on how respite has been for you as the cared for or for you as a carer living in the Stewartry area. Can you please take a few moments to complete this questionnaire and return to Sandra Gyaltsen, Senior Social Worker, Stewartry Adult Services Social Work, Garden Hill Primary Care Centre, Garden Hill Road, Castle Douglas.  DG7 3EE. Alternatively you can give the form back to your worker (social worker, care coordinator, community mental health worker etc) who will pass this onto Sandra. Information received will help us know what has worked, what can be better and what might we be able to do to make things better.

Many thanks

Respite short life working group.

ASH Scotland Survey, training, employability managers and practitioners 16-24 yr olds

ASH Scotland are surveying training and employability managers and practitioners, delivering programmes to 16 – 24 year olds so that your views can inform the development of recommendations to support training providers in helping young people navigate decisions around smoking and other risky/unhealthy behaviours.

In 2013 the Scottish Government asked training providers to take action in this area. Now, almost five years on, do training and employability managers and practitioners feel equipped to address the health inequalities around smoking, experienced by young people?

Tackling Poverty in Dumfries & Galloway Conference

Challenge Poverty week is a national campaign co-ordinated by the Poverty Alliance to raise awareness of issues surrounding poverty.  As part of our contribution, Dumfries and Galloway Council have agreed to organise a Tackling Poverty Conference.

Job Opportunity - Community Engagement Worker - New Galloway Community Enterprises

New Galloway Community Enterprises are recruiting!  They are looking for a part-time Community Engagement Worker.

New Galloway is a beautiful community in the Stewartry of about 450 people. They have recently received Big Lottery funding to buy and renovate the last grocery shop in the village and create a Community Shop and self-catering holiday lets, as well as to fund the part-time role of Community Engagement Worker.

CEIS - New Census reveals big growth of social enterprises in Scotland

The report presents the findings of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, the definitive biennial account of social enterprise activity in Scotland.

The Social Enterprise Census 2017 is a collaborative effort to track the changing scale, characteristics and contribution of Scotland’s social enterprise sector every two years over the course of the next decade. It builds on the 2015 baseline study, and forms part of the Scottish Government’s long-term commitment to realising the full potential of the sector.

Food Train - Volunteer Befrienders

If you enjoy talking to others, are a good listener and perhaps have a couple of hours each week/fortnight that you could spend with an older person, The Food Train in Stranraer & Newton Stewart would love to hear from you.

Water Rates Exemption - Survey

Many local organisations in D & G have been adversely affected by the changes introduced to water rates exemption eligibility. This resulted in many non profit distributing organisations no longer being exempt and  charities with turnovers over £200k no longer being exempt. Many organisations in D & G lobbied and campaigned about the unintended consequences of this poorly thought through policy change. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is now part of a national review group set up by the Scottish Government to review the scheme. SCVO has a short survey and we urge all organisations that have been affected to complete the survey to better inform the review process. Please click on survey

The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill

The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill was presented to parliament on Monday 19 June 2017 and published on Tuesday 20 June. 

In addition to seeking the views of organisations, the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee are also looking for input from practitioners who will be involved day to day with sharing information with the named person.  They are interested in whether the Code of Practice that the Scottish Government have drafted will help practitioners to understand their responsibilities under the Act.

If you would be interested in adding your voice to this discussion, you can complete a very short online survey at

The survey is open until 8 September.