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.
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.
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previous publication published in June 2015, and takes into account comments from a public consultation on the draft guidance which ran from 3 June 2016 to 30 September 2016.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? 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.
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
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.
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.
Respite short life working group.
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?
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.
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.