Dumfries & Galloway Carers Reference Group Needs You!

Dumfries & Galloway Carers Reference Group Needs You!  DO YOU LOOK AFTER SOMEONE?  We are recruiting new Carers for the Carers Reference Group.

Role- This is a group of unpaid Carers who support the implementation and delivery of the action points within the draft Dumfries & Galloway Carers’ Strategy (2017- 2021) and provide representation on behalf of Carers as required. This group also act as a key communication link between Senior Managers and Carers.


  • Comment on various publications and developments related to the Dumfries & Galloway Carers Strategy from a Carers point of view
  • Attend and/or participate in consultations which may impact on Carers as required
  • Provide the views of Carers on groups such as the Carers Programme Board, the Integration Joint Board and other groups where appropriate
  • Raise issues faced by Carers in relation to practice and experiences across the partnership

Development Officer (EAST) : Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of the Arts (DGU)

Dumfries and Galloway Council and the DGU are delighted to announce a commissioning opportunity in Dumfries and Galloway for the freelance role of Development Officer (East) for DGU.

The role of Development Officer (East) contributes to the development of Dumfries and Galloway’s creative community and the delivery of DGU’s strategic plan by providing advice, guidance and support to individuals and organisations across the region. In addition the role promotes equality of access and public benefit from the arts in particular the most vulnerable in our communities. The work and outputs of the freelance commission will be overseen by the DGU Arts Development Director.

Dark Sky Conference - Galloway and Southern Ayrshire

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere played host last month to the first ever Dark Sky Conference to be held in Europe.  The three day event in Gatehouse of Fleet, brought together some of the world's top dark sky experts with the aim of promoting rural development, tourism and tackling light pollution issues.

Over eighty people including astronomers, town planners, lighting specialists, environmentalists and academics discussed the benefits that dark sky status can bring.

Social Enterprise World Forum returns to Scotland in 2018 for tenth anniversary

The Social Enterprise World Forum will return “home” to Edinburgh for its 10th anniversary in 2018, which will next take place on 12-14th September 2018 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The Social Enterprise World Forum was founded by Community Enterprise in Scotland and the first event took place in 2008 in Edinburgh.

How worker ownership can contribute to Scotland’s Inclusive Growth agenda

The Scottish Programme for Government for 2017-18, published 5 September, contains plans to support worker ownership and community wealth building, which could be a significant opportunity for the co-op and societies agenda in Scotland. Read more here from Co-operatives UK.

Community Cinema in Dumfries and Galloway - Survey

Have you ever considered screening films in your local community?

Did you know that there are more than 15 community cinemas currently showing films in villages across Dumfries and Galloway? Port Logan, Whauphill, Dalry, New Galloway, Twynholm, Kirkcudgright, Auchencairn, Dunscore, Thornhill, Moniave, Eskdalemuir, Moffat, Isle of Whithorn and Castle Douglas are those that hold regular screenings.

Video - Newton Stewart and Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival 2016-17

A fantastic film the festival's commitee had made this year which captures the 2016 and 2017 festival with filming done by Turning Point's Cree Studio project and our official film maker Sean Williams.

Please ensure you have some volume as piper Jarlath Henderson very kindly gave us permission to use one of the tracks from his album:

For the latest news about the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival, and plans for 2018, please visit:

Consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council: Strengthening people’s voices in health and social care

The consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council is now underway and is being led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  This follows a reflective exercise undertaken by the Chair of the Scottish Health Council, Pam Whittle CBE, earlier this year.  It is well-recognised that services can only improve when they are informed and shaped by people who use those services, their families and carers, and local communities.  Whilst there has been progress made in engaging people, we believe there is more that can be done to improve people’s experience of engagement, whether at individual, community or national level, and to demonstrate more clearly the difference that their engagement has made.