CAWT EU INTERREG VA CoH-Sync Project Worker

The Coh Sync project worker post offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a new cross border innovative project in Dumfries and Galloway. The Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) a cross border health and social care partnership, based in Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, is now working with NHS D&G to develop the Coh Sync project. The Coh Sync project (short for Community Health Synchronisation) will be rooted in local communities, taking a community development approach to working with and through existing organisations and initiatives to strengthen capacity for improving health and wellbeing in participating communities. The project will be developed to support individuals and groups to become more active in improving their own health and wellbeing. The Project Worker will support the development and implementation of the CoH SYNC project and be responsible for delivering an accredited Health Training Programme for Health Facilitator.


The Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board met on Thursday 31st May 2018.  A summary note of the meeting, highlighting points relevant to the third sector, can be found here.

Amaze Me LEADER 2018

What is Amaze Me LEADER 2018?
Amaze Me LEADER 2018 is a week-long adventure quest for young people ages 18-29. You’ll be put into a team and given a people carrier to tour the region in, competing in challenges and quests along the way, and finally feeding into a ‘think-tank’ event exploring how we live better lives in rural areas

LEADER is the main EU funding programme supporting rural communities across the European Union. Some of you may already be involved with LEADER funded projects in your own country.

Scottish Government Consultation - a consultation on meeting the needs of children and families in Scotland

The powers over Welfare Foods have been devolved to Scotland through provisions in the Scotland Act 2016. As part of the Scottish Government’s drive to give children the best start in life, improve health outcomes and tackle inequality, this consultation is asking how best to take forward these powers to better meet the needs of children and families in Scotland. Welfare Foods includes the current UK Healthy Start Vouchers and Nursery Milk Scheme.

Old School Project

The Upper Eskdale Development Group need your help! 

They have put together an exciting application to the Calor Rural Community Fund and have asked for £2500 to help them take care of their wonderful community hub. 

For information and how to vote please click on the link: 

The Bridge to Employment

Better Lives Partnership offers this excellent opportunity for young people (16 – 25) with barriers to education, employment and training to find personalised support into the world of work.

Come along for a chat on Tuesday 5th June, Victoria Hall, Annan from 10.30am- 2.00pm.

The programme is designed around each young person to meet their needs and features three key elements:

Employability Skills
Work Experience
Enterprise Projects

Programmes can be from a few hours to full days and can be fitted around other commitments such as College or part-time work.

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.