Local Governance Review - Democracy Matters

Strand 1, Democracy Matters, of the Local Covernance Review is underway. 

The Scottish Government are keen to hear from communitires and have been encouraging community conversations, where groups discuss the 5 questions that have been set out.

Community Audiology Questionnaire

The Scottish Government, in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and the Scottish Health Council, has been carrying out some scoping work to gather views and experiences on the delivery of, and access to, community audiology services across Scotland. This work aims to inform the development of the Scottish Government’s policy on the enhancement of community audiology services in Scotland, and how community audiology services are delivered across the country. 

As part of the work to identify what may be needed the Scottish Government is seeking views from Service Users, 3rd Sector (voluntary/community based) Organisations and Professionals including NHS Audiology and See Hear Strategy leads in local areas.

Soul Soup Nominated Charity for Cycle to Syracuse Event

Cycle to Syracuse commemorates the upcoming 30th anniversary since the Lockerbie air disaster.  Dumfries based mental health charity, Soul Soup is proud to have been chosen to work with both the organisers and Lockerbie Academy on a valuable new community project.

SHAX Free Upcycling Sessions for Groups

SHAX is able to offer FREE upcycling sessions for groups, available by arrangement Monday to Fridays between 10-4 or Saturdays 10-2

We’ll provide some materials for you to work with, or you can bring your own.

Come along, have a chat and a coffee/tea while you learn a new skill!


Tel: 01387 245 358 | Email: info@shax.org.uk | Web: www.shax.org.uk
SHAX, Merrick House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Homemaking with the homeless, recycling household goods

Inclusive play consultation

Dumfries and Galloway Council want to ask our Communities in Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas, Upper Nithsdale and Lockerbie, which Council owned play areas we should invest a further £500,000. The feedback from the consultation will influence where and how the money is spent.

Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) - You're invited!

You are invited to the next meeting of the Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF) which will take place on Friday 28th September 2018 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in Dundee Women’s Aid, North Lindsay Street, Dundee DD1 1PW.  A light lunch will be served from 1pm.

Funding Advice Sessions in Dumfries

The Corra Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund are holding a joint funding session in Dumfries on 12th September. 1:1 sessions are available for those who wish to discuss the Henry Duncan Grants and both funders will be available for anyone to talk to.


Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Birth grant's first payments to be made before Christmas 2018.

The First Minister has announced that the first payments of the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Birth Grant will be made before Christmas 2018.

The Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Grant will replace the UK Sure Start Maternity Grant.  It will improve on the Sure Start Maternity Grant by:

·         paying £600 rather than £500 for the first child, and introducing £300 payments for second and subsequent children

·         extending eligibility to anyone on tax credits or housing benefit and all under 18s. 

·         not placing a limit on the number of children who can qualify

·         extending the application window to 24 weeks pregnant to 6 months after birth, giving applicants longer to apply

·         taking applications on the phone and on-line as well as on a paper form, to give a choice depending on the needs of the applicant

Facebook Q&A - Suicide Prevention Week

As part of Suicide Prevention Week 2018 Police Scotland are palnning a Facebook Q&A - which wil take place 12th September between 11:30am to 12:30pm. To allow this to run as smoothly as possiblea short survey has been prepared to allow questions to be submitted in advance. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQ5FSKM, 


Please share with anyone you feel may have an interest in submitting a question.