Dumfries and Galloway - Developing the Young Workforce

The Scottish Government has fulfilled its commitment to reduce youth unemployment by 40%, four years ahead of schedule.

Analysis of the latest ONS Labour Force Survey dataset from January to March shows the level of youth unemployment excluding full-time education has fallen to 27,000 in 2017, from 52,000 in 2014, a decrease of 48.3%.

The headline target in the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy was to reduce youth unemployment excluding those in full-time education by 40% between 2014 and 2021. 

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:

“These figures are fantastic news and testament to our work to support young people in the labour market, prepare them for work and equip them with the skills the economy needs.

Children’s Services Executive Group Briefing No.69

Children’s Services Executive Group, Briefing No.69, 18 October 2017

Multi Agency Quality Assurance Activity
Quality assurance (QA) takes place within individual services but we also carry out QA activities in partnership with other agencies. These activities are co-ordinated by the Multi-Agency Continuous Improvement Group (MACIG). This partnership work allows us to ensure that our joint systems and processes (for example, child protection and GIRFEC) are working effectively and are supporting improvements in practice.
Quality Assurance involves a range of qualitative and quantitative information including feedback from children and families, findings from audit and data relating to children and families. Some of the multi-agency QA activity delivered over the last year includes:

Older People Steering Group D&G Established

Establishment of a new Older People Steering Group in D&G to provide assurance about the care of older people in Dumfries & Galloway.  The Steering Group will work to ensure that all associated standards are applied and monitored.  Third Sector representation on the group via Alzheimers Scotland, Carers Centre, Food Train and TSDG.

Social Investment Scotland - new social impact report is now online.

As we launch our latest Social Impact Report, it’s hugely rewarding to see the benefit of our social investment reaching into so many communities across Scotland. Not only are we supporting these organisations to grow and prosper, creating jobs and revenue, but we are also seeing more people in Scotland’s most marginalised communities positively impacted by the amazing work carried out by our customers, day in, day out.

Soul Soup seek Desks for New Premises

Soul Soup have moved premises and are seeking some office furniture - 'We are looking for office desks, the ones we have are a bit large for our new office. I wonder does anyone out there have some office desks they no longer need?'  if anyone has some desks etc to donate,  Please contact Linda Mclachlan, Managing Director of Soul Soup

Email linda@soulsoup.co.uk


Chairperson - Caring for Carers Shop, King Street, Castle Douglas

Caring for Carers Shop, King Street, Castle Douglas if looking for a Chairperson to help take the organisation forward.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with experience of meetings (and especially as chairperson) and wants to support the work of the group to continue, develop and grow

An individual is required to lead, drive and delegate whilst also building the committee in support of the staff and volunteers in providing a clean and well-presented shop, raising funds for carers.

All you need to know about legal forms and organisational types

Co-operatives UK have published a new edition of Simply Legal.  For those not familiar with Simply Legal, it is essential reading for people interested in how to organise their organization or enterprise in the social economy sector. It’s free to download and use from their website.”

Loreburn Property Application Process is Changing

please note, some recent changes that have been implemented for the application process for customers looking for a Loreburn property. For clarity and ease of reference, outlined these below:

. From 9th October 2017, Loreburn move away from the Common Housing Register and begin allocating our properties through a Choice Based Lettings system - www.loreburnlettings.org.uk
. All applications for Loreburn Lettings will need to be made, and managed, online.

. Customers who had an active application with Homes4D&G will have some information carried over, however you will still need to register for Loreburn Lettings, and also this information will only be available until 10th November. After this date, you will need to complete a new application.