Carers Allowance Supplement toolkit

Please find attached the December 2018 version of the Carers Allowance Supplement toolkit in advance of the second payment made to people’s accounts on Friday 14th December

Develop a Cultural Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Council is working with partners, including DG Unlimited (Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of the Arts), to develop a new Cultural Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway. They are planning a period of engagement and consultation during the first half of 2019, and they expect the Strategy to be formally approved by the Council towards the end of the year.

They are looking to develop the Cultural Strategy by engaging as many people as possible to hear their views. To help them do this, are looking for people with expertise in the arts, heritage and from other sectors where the arts also play a role such as education, health, economic development etc.

Fed up Community Cafe

A new community cafe has been set up in Stranraer to help fight poverty, social isolation and loneliness.

The Fed Up Community Cafe offers free meals, food parcels, one to one support, training, workshops, life skills.

Health and Social Care Scotland - Website launch

Health and Social Care Scotland launched their website at their conference last week. This has key infromation and resources relating to health and social care. Click here to be taken directly to their webiste. They will also be publishing a quarterly newsletter. See attachement to read the first copy for future reference, their newsletters can be found here.

SCVO State of the Sector Survey

 At the start of the year, SCVO published figures which showed that public trust in charities had dropped by nine percentage points in two years. In the first half of 2018 some large, household-name charity organisations were exposed by the press for their failure to protect those who depended on them. As a result, themes like safeguarding, governance and reputation have been prominent for the sector over the past 12 months.The last survey took place two years ago and a lot has changed since then, so they are looking to find out what matters to the sector now. By letting them know what your thoughts, concerns and hopes for civil society in 2019 are, you can help inform their policy approach. 

Engaging Scotland’s rural communities on Brexit - Policy Statement

It has been a month since the 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament in Stranraer. The contributions of everyone who attended were invaluable and a report will soon be published by the Rural Parliament summarising key findings and asks from delegates. The finalised Post-Brexit Policy Statement has been released since then and presented it to Michael Russell. While the outcome of Brexit remains uncertain, through this event Scotland's rural voice has had an opportunity to be heard. 


Supplies of Bottles of Water

Dumfries and Galloway Council has 3,500 bottles of water (1ltr) which were previously supplied to them during a water shortage. These are no longer required and they wish to re-distribute them to organisations within the Region who are supporting people in poverty. If your organisation would be interested in receiving any of these, please e-mail Wendy Jesson (  with your request by 5pm on Monday 17th of December 2018. Their colleagues at DG First will then deliver out the supplies throughout our Region so that you will have these before Christmas. They expect to be oversubscribed with applications but will aim to help as many groups as possible.  


Job Vacancy - Shelter - Support Worker- Annan, Dumfries and Galloway

Shelter are looking for someone with proven experience of working with vulnerable people. With some knowledge of homelessness, housing welfare benefits and safeguarding processes, and a willingness to further develop your knowledge and understanding you will be proficient using a case management system and Microsoft Office applications. You'll also have a proactive and resilient approach, excellent relationship building skills and a flair for adapting your influencing style. A full driving licence, access to a vehicle and relevant insurance is essential.

As a Support Worker you'll undertake comprehensive housing needs and risk assessments so that the client's housing-related support needs are fully identified. Providing flexible support, including support in people's homes and a variety of settings, you'll develop an outcome focused support plan with the client as well as developing, maintaining and coordinating effective working relationships.


Region’s First ‘Sign & Dine’ Comes to Dumfries High Street

A fortnightly drop-in for the signing community to gather will be launched this week at The Stove Network, 100 High Street, at 1pm. The region’s first ‘Sign & Dine’ has been organised in association with the signing community and is a fortnightly drop-in at The Stove which is open to all to meet with one another, grab a coffee or just find out more about signing!

SMEs, third sector, social enterprises: sustainable procurement guidance

This guidance is concerned with procurements where engagement of SMEs, the third sector, and supported businesses is considered to be relevant and proportionate.

It is part of a series of guides which support the sustainable procurement duty tools to help public sector organisations embed sustainability into their procurement processes.