Participatory Budgeting in Scotland

Participatory budgeting is a way for people to have a direct say in how public money is spent. Up until now, PB has typically taken the form of a small grants model, where pots of money are voted on and distributed at local events or online.

In the film, we see how mainstream PB builds on this by opening up the voting process to larger public body budgets.

Community Food Growing Strategy Feedback Form

The Scottish Government requires each local authority to develop a Food Growing Strategy and to publish it on-line by April 2020. In Dumfries and Galloway the Council have a draft Strategy in mind – however they need you to input into it in order to ensure everything that should be in it is included.

The Council has been working with gardeners and partners from a range of agencies to develop the draft Strategy and now needs YOUR input to make it as relevant and useful as possible. This survey is intended to help with that process by finding out what you think a local Community Food Growing Strategy should include.

When the final Strategy is agreed, it will include an Action Plan of initiatives and projects designed to assist in the implementation of Community Food Growing activities across D&G. These actions will be influenced by the results of this survey, so please take a minute or two to tell the Council what you think should go into it.

Finally, please pass this survey onto your friends and colleagues – the more feedback the Council gets the better.

The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme

Communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about the centenary of the end of WW1 and how they can commemorate and bring people together. This award scheme will help communities to access silhouettes that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return. These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today. 

Surplus Furniture and Equipment - NHS

NHS Dumfries and Galloway are currently undertaking an exercise to catalogue all surplus equipment and furnishings which they have following the transfer to the new DGRI facility. There is a wide range of items from beds, bedside cabinets, over bed tables, various type and styles of chairs, IT monitors, printers, medical equipment etc.

New set of public health priorities, highlighting the importance of the community-led approach in tackling inequality.

The priorities set a direction for Scotland’s public services over the next decade, with the aim of agencies and communities working better together to focus on prevention, to reduce health inequality and increase healthy life expectancy.

The six new priorities are:

  • A Scotland where we live in vibrant, healthy and safe places and communities
  • A Scotland where we flourish in our early years
  • A Scotland where we have good mental wellbeing
  • A Scotland where we reduce the use of and harm from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • A Scotland where we have a sustainable, inclusive economy with equality of outcomes for all
  • A Scotland where we eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active

Scottish Improvement Skills Education Programme

Scottish Improvement Skills are accepting applications for Scottish Improvement Skills (SIS) Education Programme – Cohort 5. 

The closing date for Cohort 5 is 3rd August 2018. Please see below for more information

Carers Week

It's Carers Week,  Dumfries and Galloway are promoting the Carers Charter (Scottish Government 2018). This document sets out the rights of Adult or Young Carers in Scotland.

Working with Scottish Communities - Survey

Working with Scottish Communities 2018 is a national study of the CLD workforce from Education Scotland and the CLD Standards Council. The online survey is now live and will be open until Friday 10th August.

Easterbrook Hall - Carpets Available

Due to redecoration at the Easterbrook Hall, carpets are available to third sector organisations who might need these or have a use for them.  The reason for the carpet replacement is more to do with carpet seams rather than actual wear and tear.

If you might be interested in these carpets, please contact Gordon Clark, Head of Property Services on 01387 702213 or