Launch of Multi Agency Staff Guidance on Sexting 2017

In recent years there have been growing concerns both locally and nationally about the increasing incidence of sexting involving children and young people. Sexting is defined as:

‘Creating and/or sending on text, images or videos that are of a sexual nature or are indecent, by, to or of children under the age of 18.’

These images are shared between young people and/or adults via a mobile phone or other electronic device including the use of social media, with people they may know or not know. In Dumfries and Galloway staff, particularly in schools, have asked for guidance about how this should be managed.

Dumfries and Galloway Adult Protection Committee - VACANCY

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway are currently looking to identify a third sector practitioner representative for the Adult Protection Committee, which forms part of the Community Planning structure within Dumfries and Galloway.  More information on the Adult Protection Committee can be found here.

As a third sector practitioner representative, you will attend meetings of the Adult Protection Committee and will promote and represent the interests of the third sector generally.  Expressions of interest are invited from individuals working in third sector organisations which have a role to play in adult protection, either directly or indirectly.

Charities and Auto-Enrolment- What you need to know

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has produced new guidance for Scottish charities about pension auto-enrolment.

Every employer in the UK, including charities, must put certain paid employees into an appropriate pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'auto-enrolment'.

This guidance is aimed at small and medium charities with paid employees. It lets charity trustees know their legal responsibilities in relation to auto-enrolment by explaining some of the basic requirements.

To access the new guidance click here.

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New Guide on Being a Charity in Scotland

The Scottish Charity Regulator has unveiled a new booklet to make the basics of Scottish charity law easier to understand.

Designed to be used throughout a charity’s life, ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ uses simple graphics and straightforward language to help those who run Scottish charities understand their responsibilities.

It sets out the key points charities need to know about Scottish charity law. Within the guide there are links to detailed guidance pages contained on our website and it also has information on other organisations that can provide help and advice to charities.

To download the guide click here.

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Headway D&G Rebranded

Dumfries & Galloway’s only specialist third sector service for acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors has rebranded as Compass Brain Injury Specialists Ltd.  Formerly known as Headway D&G, the Organisation identified strategic opportunities for growth and service development in the region. 

Social Transport - Invitation to Engage

Access to appropriate forms of transport at times when people and communities need it most was high on the list of issues people felt our Community Planning Partnership needed to address. The impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals as a result of being unable to access transport are felt acutely by some of the most disadvantaged in our communities.

The Community Planning Partnership have endorsed a strategic, co-ordinated and integrated approach to social/community transport service delivery across the partnership through the development of a Public Social Partnership. This approach involves the third sector earlier and more deeply in the redesign of our social/community transport services.

Applications Open for 2017-18 Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption

Charities and community amateur sports clubs are able to keep more of the money they raise under an exemption scheme.

Since 2015, the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme has helped more than 7,700 charities and amateur sports clubs to save around £4 million every year.

The scheme means eligible charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, as well as community amateur sports clubs with an income of less than £200,000, do not need to pay water and sewerage charges. Those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate.

Charities and community amateur sports clubs must apply each year to the Scheme. Applications can now be made for the 2017-18 scheme. Applications for 2016-17 can continue to be made up until 31st March 2017.