Dumfriesshire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club are seeking a new DC

The voluntary role of District Commissioner (DC) for the Dumfriesshire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club is currently up for grabs following the retirement of long standing DC Merlin Dernie. Merlin, who held the position for 18 years describes the members as “a committed and talented bunch of kids”. The Dumfriesshire Hunt Branch was established in 1932 and is part of Pony Club Area 19. It usually has around 80-100 members, at the time of writing there were 81.

Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs in Dumfries and Galloway

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is working with Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership to understand more about the experiences of families affected by alcohol and drugs across the region.

We know that many people are concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use. However we also know that people can feel too embarrassed, ashamed or afraid to talk to anyone else about this. Working together, we want to identify and reach families who are affected by alcohol and drugs, in particular those who are not already in touch with services.

Changes to Giftaid

Charities have been urged by HM Revenue & Customs to introduce a three-stage check for donors registering for Gift Aid, after it was found that up to £1m a month is being claimed incorrectly.

Charities are legally only required to check donors are UK taxpayers. But It has been advised that they put the following confirmation statements on their online donation pages:

  • I am donating my own money and the funds have not come from anyone else including family members or from an office or bucket collection;
  • The money I am donating is not the proceeds from sales of goods or services or the sale of tickets;
  • I have not received something in return for this donation such as an entry ticket to an event or a raffle ticket.

10’000 Voices Briefing Note

Dumfries and Galloway Council will run 10’000 voices throughout 2018 in conjunction with the Scottish Governments themed Year of Young People. This project is a needs assessment targeted at collecting the views of young people aged 10-25 living within D&G. To date, this will be the largest consultation carried out in the area. The results of this will be used to inform Young People’s Services for the next five years and provide us with a baseline of information that we are able to benchmark against in future.

Connected Communities Project: Survey- D&G, We Want to Hear from You.

Well Connected Communities have developed a survey as one means of discovering the thoughts and opinion of those with lived experience of mental health challenges in rural areas and those who support them. Let your voice be heard by filling out the survey and please distribute to any colleagues, contacts, those you support and any others you think might have something to add to the conversation; the more perspectives and voices we hear from the better informed the findings will be.

John Paul Jones Museum - Job Opportunity

Part time Seasonal VISITOR SERVICES OFFICER wanted for John Paul Jones Cottage and Museum, Kirkbean, Dumfries, minimum of 26 hours per week @ £8.00 per hour.

We are looking for a friendly, reliable and trustworthy person to join our small staff team responsible for welcoming visitors to our museum and looking after our premises. You will have excellent communication and customer care skills, experience of working with people and maintaining facilities, and a commitment to the highest possible standards of visitor satisfaction, presentation and housekeeping. You will be able to show initiative and creativity in promoting the museum, fundraising and organising events and activities.

Community Transport Consultation - Consultation on the use of section 19 and section 22 permits for road passenger transport in Great Britain

The Department for Transportare launching a consultation on detailed changes to guidance and legislation for community transport operators in Great Britain.

Many community transport operators are in effect also providers of social care services, especially to people who are elderly, isolated and disabled, and they are generally motivated by compassion and philanthropy, not profit.


Since 1985, all community transport groups that are operating on a not-for-profit basis have been able to apply for permits to carry passengers in a bus or minibus without first holding the Public Service Vehicle operator’s licence (PSV licence) that would otherwise be required.

Concerns have recently been raised that some community transport operators that use permits are competing with commercial operators, which are required to hold a PSV licence. The Department for Transport are therefore consulting on how to clarify domestic law and guidance to ensure fair competition for commercial contracts and greater clarity for operators as to their legal obligations.

Scottish Government Consultation – Adults with Incapacity Reform

Scottish Ministers have committed to a review of the Adults with Incapacity legislation. Earlier consultations have suggested areas where the law needs to change. This consultation is seeking your views on these changes to ensure that any new legislation in this field takes full account of the public's view on these matters. 

Scottish Government Consultation - Fees for Seed Testing, Seed Certification and Associated Seed Functions

On an annual basis the Scottish Government are responsible for reviewing the services they provide for seed testing, seed certification and associated seed and reporting back to Scottish Ministers if the fees being charged achieve full cost recovery. This document provides the findings of that review and a proposal to amend fees to ensure that as per the Scottish Government Guidelines, full cost recovery is being made.

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