Grants scheme to help community groups to remember their Absent Friends

To Absent Friends, the people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, returns in November, and organisations from across Scotland are being invited to take part, with the help of a small grants scheme.

The festival, started in 2014, gives people across Scotland the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, through stories, celebrations and acts of reminiscence. November has long been associated with remembrance of the dead, through traditions like Samhain and All Souls’ Day. To Absent Friends is reviving those lost traditions and helping to create new ones. In previous years, the festival has featured storytelling evenings, poetry nights, photography exhibitions, concerts, scrapbooking workshops, cafes of reminiscence, and hundreds of private acts of remembrance, but all ideas are welcome. The more creative, the better!

Soul Soup Press Release

A bright new brand for local charity Soul Soup

Soul Soup is proud to launch an exciting new brand and accompanying website for the mental health charity based in Dumfries. The website features upcoming projects and outlines the vital free counselling service delivered to young people aged 12-25 who live in the Dumfries and Galloway region.

The new website acts as a central hub of information on services and projects being run. Included are details of the counselling services offered, material on mental health self-help, signpost links to useful services, COSCA and day courses run by the professionally accredited Training Academy, the Art and Soul upcycling project, local and national events, jobs, and volunteering opportunities.

Penumbra - My SDS Toolkit

Penumbra has created a free to use digital Self-directed Support (SDS) toolkit that is available to support people with having more choice, control and empowerment to live the lives they want.

The resource allows people to explore SDS in their area and links them directly to information, tools and services. It includes features such as diary and budgeting tools to promote more individual control and outcomes.

Nominations are open to exhibit at the 5th Annual Celebration event

The event will celebrate the impact of education and partnership between Health, Social Care and Third Sector. 

This year will also include, as part of the Summer of Celebration in Dumfries and Galloway, the NHS at 70 and Scottish Patient Safety Programme at 10 Years.

Closing date to submit your interest is Friday 24th August

Scottish Governance Code consultation open for responses

Scotland's Third Sector Governance Forum have been working to develop a Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector. They are looking to create a Code that’s for the sector, by the sector, and they are looking for your views. Anyone from chief execs to trustees, directors of social enterprises, committee members of voluntary organisations, TSIs, lawyers or the public can take part in the consultation

Vacancy - Self-Directed Support Link Practitioners - Compass SDS Brokerage

Due to expansion, vacancies have arisen within Compass SDS Brokerage for 2 x Self-Directed Support Link Practitioners - Full time and 1 x Self-Directed Support Link Practitioner - Part Time

Full time posts will be based in Dumfries and will be 37.5 hours per week.

Part time post will be based in Stranraer and will be 22.5 hours per week.

Hourly rate: £10 plus occasional mileage expenses. Minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in the health and social care sector

Closing date is Friday 27th July at 5pm with interviews expected to take place Thursday 9th August

Vacancy - Self-Directed Support Administrative Assistant - Compass SDS Brokerage

Due to expansion, a vacancy has arisen within Compass SDS Brokerage for a Self-Directed Support Administrative Assistant.

The post will be for 16 hours per week, expected to increase after 6 months. The is governement funded for 2.5 years with the intention of continuing employmeny for the preferred candidate.

Hourly Rate: £9.20 + occasional milage expenses. Minimum 2 years administrative experience.

Closing date is Friday 27th July with interviews being held on Wednesday 8th August.

New grant to fund website redevelopment for small charities

New funding opportunity for selected small charities with incomes below £350k annually to receive a new, best practice website built using templates funded by the Transform Foundation. This programme is designed specifically for very small charities and is separate to our main Website Grant. As part of this programme:

As part of this programme:

  • Successful applicants will also receive a website strategy and design process to adapt the templated site to their needs. 
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment 

SCDC Supporting Communities Programme Support for Community-led Action Planning

Supporting Communities is a programme to support community organisations across Scotland. This year, they want to work with community organisations who are involved in community-led action planning. Their support offer is for leading community organisations wishing to develop new action plans or evaluate and revise already existing plans.They can develop short-term tailored support to meet your needs. This support will focus on specific pieces of work related to community-led action planning activities and might include:

  • Independent facilitation of events and consultation activities
  • Support to develop and plan new - and review existing - community-led action plans
  • Problem solving, advice and independent perspective
  • Community engagement skills and frameworks
  • Community-led research methods, approaches, and practice