Project Scotland

Project Scotland is now active in Dumfriesshire, helping young people get on in life through structured volunteering. 

New report shares the experiences of autistic children missing school

Children in Scotland, the National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism are calling for Scottish Government to work with local education authorities and education professionals to take action to address the barriers to autistic children accessing a fulfilling education and in particular, stop the use of unlawful exclusions.The findings from the report show that immediate efforts are needed to ensure that autistic children are properly included, engaged and involved in their education.

Over a third (34%) of those who responded to their survey reported that their children had been unlawfully excluded from school in the last two years – with almost a quarter (22%) of those parents saying this happened multiple times a week.

Impact of benefit cuts in Scotland

The Scottish Government has outlined the impact of the UK Government benefit cuts, with a £3.7 billion fall in social security spending in Scotland by 2021.

The report found that:

  • The report estimates the benefit freeze has the biggest impact, reducing spending by around £190 million in the current year, rising to around £370 million by 2020/21.
  • Over the first year of its implementation around 3,800 Scottish families have seen their incomes reduced due to the Two Child Limit - each year more children will lose out on up to £2,780 per year because they were born after the arbitrary April 2017 cut-off date
  • Around 3,500 Scottish households have been capped each month since the Benefit Cap was lowered in 2016 - 89% of families with capped legacy benefits have children, while 64% are lone parent households. 45% of these households lose out by £2,600 per year or more
  • Because of the decision to reduce Universal Credit (UC) work allowances, each year sees more and more working people lose out as they move onto UC. By 2021 working UC claimants in Scotland are expected to lose around £250 million per year in total.


Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027 - 1st Progress Report

The Scottish Government has published its 1st progress report for its 10-year mental health strategy. The progress included:

  • Established the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme in four areas, with over one thousand people receiving an intervention.
  • Published our 2018-19 Programme for Government, with a quarter of a billion
  • pounds of additional investment in mental health, with a focus on CAMHS support in communities and schools.
  • Announced a Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force, chaired by Dr Dame Denise Coia and supported by £5 million of additional funding.
  • Established a Managed Clinical Network for perinatal mental health.
  • Launched Transition Care Plans to help young people transitioning from
  • CAMHS to adult mental health services.
  • Launched a digital tool to support young people with eating disorders and their families
  • Rolled out computerised CBT across all Health Board areas in Scotland.
  • Published the Suicide Prevention Action Plan which seeks to reduce suicides by 20%, supported by £3 million of funding and a new National Leadership Group.
  • Established a Youth Commission on mental health.
  • Launched a Quality Indicator profile to gather better mental health data.


What makes a good place to grow old? - Consultation Event

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have been asked by the Crichton Care Campus Project to carry out a consultation with people across Dumfries and Galloway about what makes a good place to grow old?

 The events are open to everyone and they want your views about what people want from a place to grow old in.


Please see the attachment for more information. 

South of Scotland Enterprise Agency: Consultation Analysis Report

An analysis report on the consultation process for creating the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. The report analyses both online responses and opinions expressed at the 26 engagement events held across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

DRAFT Community Engagement Reports - Borgue and Brighouse Community, and, Waterbeck and Middlebie

A State of the Sector Report and Improvement Plan for Community Transport in Dumfries and Galloway was undertaken by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway in April 2016 on behalf of the Community Planning Executive Group. The report recommended the development of a Public Social Partnership to achieve the step change required for the provision of community, demand responsive, health and social transport throughout Dumfries and Galloway. In November 2016 the Community Planning Executive Group approved the development of a Public Social Partnership (PSP).

The ability to continue to deliver community, demand responsive, health and social transport for the communities of Dumfries and Galloway currently faces significant challenges. Part of the work of the PSP will focus on the design and development of innovative transport solutions that can be tested and piloted. Input from third sector Community Transport providers and service users is vital to this process as it will ensure that services are able to deal with the increased demand; resulting from demographic change and other factors such as access to health and social care and leisure and social activities

Take a two-click digital health and care survey

The Scottish Government’s long awaited Digital Health and Care Strategy was published at the end of April 2018. This national strategy contains clear recommendations for the development of digital health and care going forward and sets timelines for achieving this. Making the best use of technology is also one of the ten priority areas of focus in the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Board Joint Strategic Plan.

In response to the publication of the national strategy, Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership are developing a local Digital Health and Care strategy and implementation plan. As part of this process they are keen to hear what people who work in Health and Care services in Dumfries and Galloway feel is important to them around the priority areas of work that the national strategy promotes.

Action on Prejudice - #endeverydayhate

On 21st September, Action on Prejudice launched a campaign called ‘End Everyday Hate’. It is an opportunity for young people to creatively tell their experiences of prejudice or hate crime through an image and/or a caption. This includes any stories of someone coming to help. A bystander taking action.