Food Growing Strategy - Stakeholder Consultation

Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Scottish Councils have a requirement to develop Food Growing Strategies in their areas which, once developed, must be reviewed every five years. In Dumfries and Galloway it has been decided to begin this process by inviting representatives from interested organisations to a half-day stakeholders consultation event. The event will take place at Threave Gardens in Castle Douglas on Thursday 22nd June 2017 between 9.30am and 1.00pm, after which lunch will be served.  There will also be an opportunity to take a look around the Gardens at Threave following the event, weather permitting.

Marie Curie Helper Service

Marie Curie offer a Helper Service, more information is available at

The criteria for accepting a referral are that person has a terminal condition (not just cancer) or they are a carer supporting someone with a terminal condition, over the age of 18, live in Dumfries & Galloway and would benefit from having a volunteer visit weekly to chat or maybe take them out somewhere if they are able.

The ladies locally are both drivers, and happy to travel 20/30 minutes to get to their matched person.

Susan Macrae would be happy to come along to any local groups to promote Helper, raise awareness for the service, attend any events which are appropriate. 

Compass Brain Injury Specialists - Recruitment Day

Recruitment Open Day, Friday 23 June 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Compass Rehabilitation Centre Afton Drive, Dumfries DG2 7RY.  All posts are subject to PVG checks.  We are an equal opportunities employer, for further information please contact 01387 261166.

Young Carers Allowance

Young adult carers are the focus of a new campaign between the Scottish Government and Young Scot to raise awareness of what support they could be entitled to. The Scottish Government and Young Scot are working together to raise awareness of what benefits young people with caring responsibilities could be entitled to.  A dedicated campaign page is available on the Young Scot website for young carers.

Launched this week, the social media and digital campaign will aim to reach carers aged 16-24 who may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance but are not claiming it. An estimated 49,000 people in Scotland aged 16-24 are carers


Scottish Co-Production Network Need Your Views

With the 2017/18 programme of work underway, Scottish Co-production Network want to hear your thoughts and ideas about co-production and the Network's role for the year ahead.

They want to find out about your interest in co-production: your level of understanding, what information you access and the barriers and opportunities you face in this way of working.

They also want to know about the work of the Network: what it does well, what it can improve and what its focus should be going forward.

Take the survey here

This year the Network is focusing on the development of the Vision for Co-production in Scotland, more learning events across the country and the second Co-production Week Scotland, to be held in November.

Website Launched for Galloway National Park Association

The Galloway National Park Association (GNPA) launched its website on Tuesday 30th May, and the group is now seeking comments and input from organisations and communities across the region. As it grows overthe coming months, the website will act as a forum for discussion as the GNPA’s plans begin to take shape, and the launch should serve as a first step in the consultation process which ultimately aims to lobby Scottish Ministers for designation.

Ask Dad Project

What is the Ask Dad Project?

  • A brand new innovative health education, training and upskilling programme for Scottish Dads nationwide, in partnership with Fathers Network Scotland.

Who is the Ask Dad Project for?

  • The programme will engage with Father’s groups and networks across Scotland but essentially it is for fathers of all descriptions (any man with a parenting role) with children of any age.
  • The training is free.

What does the Ask Dad Project do?

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway are recruiting a Policy, Research and Community Planning officer

Job Title: Policy, Research and Community Planning Officer
Employer: Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (Dumfries and Galloway Third Sector Interface)
Reporting to: Operations Manager (Policy & Projects)
Terms and conditions: Full time, 35 hours/week
Based at: Dumfries
Salary: £18,444 – £23,816 per annum.
Placement on the scale dependent on qualifications and experience.

For more infomation click here.

Job Opportunity with SHAX

 Job Title: Admin Assistant

Salary: National Minimum Wage

Duration: 52 weeks

Hours: 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.30am- 4.00pm

Location: SHAX, Merrick House, The Crichton, Dumfries

Accountable to: The Social Enterprise Manager

Main Working: Contacts: Other staff, our volunteers, customers and officers of partner agencies


Main purpose of post:

To undertake administrative and reception duties for SHAX

Key Tasks:

1. Taking phone queries including donation requests

2. Organising delivery schedules

3. Greeting customers and clients as they visit the warehouse, answering any queries

Job Opportunity with DG Unlimited

DGU has partnered with The Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council to commission an experienced freelance consultat to create a strategic framework for Dumfries and Galloway's youth arts sector.

The fee is £6000 (including VAT and expenses) for a minimum of 30 days work. The work is to be carrierd out across July-October 2017.

For more infomation contact Carolyn Yates: