Rural Youth Project Survey

The project is seeking views for this important research to help generate new opportunities for young people in rural areas.

Job Opportunities - Personal Adviser and Engagement Officer with Rathbone

Rathbone Training are looking for a Personal Adviser and Engagement Officer to join their team.

The Personal Adviser will have engagement/training/employability responsibilities for Participants on our new Fair Start Programme.  They will be required to support the Team Leader, Colleagues and Participants in engaging with external partners, specialist and referral agencies as well as seeking employment opportunities throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

The role of Engagement Officer requires engaging with potential customers aged 16 + from Dumfries and Galloway who are not in education, training or employment.  The aim is to improve life chances to progress closer to the labour market which will be achieved through the provision of intensive support to overcome any barriers to moving on, improving behaviour and relationships, and encouraging re-engagement with positive destinations eg. learning, employability, voluntary work.

Fair Start Scotland

Replacing previous Work programmes, Fair Start Scotland is the Scottish Government’s first devolved employability programme.  Setting out an offer to engage at least 984 participants within Dumfries & Galloway from a Scotland wide target of a minimum of 38,000, the aim is to support people closer to, and/or into sustainable work.  Unlike previous initiatives this is a voluntary programme, with no negative impact on benefits, which offers individualised and personalised support.

Soul Soup launch new COSCA Counselling Training in Dumfries

Dumfries based mental health charity, Soul Soup, is delighted to introduce a new specialist Training Academy in Dumfries and Galloway.  This ground-breaking launch brings the very first COSCA counselling training facility to the region. 

Mapping participation requests one year on

Participation requests are a new way for community groups and 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.

Volunteering Workshop

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care are holding two volunteering workshops on Friday 1st June. The first will take place in Stranraer Library between 10 am and 12 noon with the second happening at The Hut, Newton Stewart between 2 pm and 4 pm. 

Help shape SAMH’s response to sanctions inquiry

Share your views to help inform response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee's sanctions inquiry. SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health) is running an online survey to learn about how benefit sanctions affect people with mental health problems.

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