Could you transform the life of a child or young person?

Do you have experience of working with children and young people aged 8-18 years who may display challenging behaviours?

Do you have experience of or are you interested in offering refuge to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children/young people?

Are you in a position to be able to offer assistance to a child or young person in a time of crisis, due to a family breakdown?

Is your accommodation able to meet the housing requirements of young care leavers and do you have the skills to assist a young person through the transition into adulthood?

If you can answer “YES” to any of these questions, you may be what we are looking for!

Dumfries and Galloway are recruiting foster carers who are able to offer placements to:

  • Teenagers/young people
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children/young people
  • Children (including sibling groups) in an emergency basis
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council are also recruiting Supported Lodgings Providers to help us meet our corporate parenting responsibilities.

Dumfries and Galloway offer ongoing training, 24/7 support and a boarding out allowance.

To find out more, give our Family Placement Team a call on 01387 260068 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Here is some guidance from Dumfries & Galloway Council about Remembrance events this year:

Remembrance Sunday

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Honour our fallen heroes with two-minute doorstep silence this Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is set to be a very different occasion, as so many services have been cancelled, or attendance at places of worship strictly limited on numbers for those who are allowed to pay their respects – so that’s why we’re joining Legion Scotland to encourage you to join the nation in a two-minute doorstep silence at 11am this Sunday.

War memorials

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No formal Wreath Laying Ceremonies should be held. Churches are allowed to hold an indoor service, subject to the guidance that includes no more than 50 people attending and physical distancing being observed.

Although there will be no services at 11am, there is still the opportunity for you to pay your respects throughout the day, and lay a wreath. If there are others there, please observe physical distancing.

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The Hub Weekly Newsletter - 21st October 2020

Welcome to our weekly e-bulletin.

We are back open to the public on an appointment only basis so would ask you advise your service users/clients of this change to avoid people arriving at the hub only to find we can’t provide the instant response service as before.   

News

#KeepingKidsSafe After Lockdown As children and young people get back into the school routine, Child Protection Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland, Police Scotland and NSPCC Scotland are working together to encourage everyone to keep an eye out for children who may have experienced neglect or abuse during lockdown. If you are worried about a child, please talk call Social Work on 030 33 33 3001, the Police on 101 or NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000. If a child is in immediate danger please call 999. 
If you are concerned about a child it’s always better to say something than do nothing

FACTS Keeping safe during COVID. We’ve been doing this for a while now, it isn’t easy, but we all know what we need to do. Every time you leave the house: Keys - Check Wallet - Check Face Covering -Check … And remember to wash your hands. Please don’t become complacent, it’s for your own safety as well as others.

Scottish War Blinded has changed its name they are starting an exciting new chapter in the histories of Scottish War Blinded and Royal Blind with the change of their charities’ names.

Their new names are:
Sight Scotland Veterans – the new name for Scottish War Blinded for more information go to https://sightscotland.org.uk/veterans
Sight Scotland– the new name for Royal Blind for more information go to https://sightscotland.org.uk/      

Dumfries & Galloway College - Their next Prince's Trust Team begins on 7th December and they are accepting applications! The programme offers students the opportunity to improve motivation, qualifications, confidence and existing talents while learning new skills. For more information and to apply go to https://bit.ly/2Z9YnFZ

Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway Surgeries offer support to organisations in one-to-one sessions with their staff. Book a 30-minute online Zoom chat with Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway's Engagement Officers. Once you have booked your slot, an email will be sent to you with the link to join the session on the day. For more information and to book go to https://thirdsectordumgal.org.uk/category/eventsandtraining/

Events

Scottish Child Payment Roadshow Invitation Their virtual roadshow events are free. You will need to book a ticket through Eventbrite. Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis. Once you have decided which virtual roadshow you would like to attend, please click on the relevant link below for the event information and joining details.

Tuesday 27th October 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, book here

Thursday 29th October 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, book here

Wednesday 4th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, book here

Thursday 5th November 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, book here

Monday 9th November 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, book here

Friday 13th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, book here

Monday 16th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, book here

Friday 20th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, book here

Tuesday 24th November 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, book here

Thursday 26th November 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, book here

Carronbridge Community Council AGM Carronbridge Community Council would like to invite local residents of Carronbridge to their AGM to be held virtually on Zoom on the 10th of November at 7pm. Please contact Gordon on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate or if you have any questions. 

Training

Ongoing – Volunteer Scotland online courses Working with the Open University Volunteer Scotland have created a number of free online courses to encourage thinking about the volunteer voice and restarting volunteering programmes. For more information go to

https://www.volunteerscotland.net/for-organisations/training-courses/volunteer-practice-training/online-learning/?fbclid=IwAR1mjYcyqmNFAKBBJIb2bmbttjmZ3YiYqg09IT74SxyLT2YkBEW4peV61V0

Surveys and Consultation

Scotland's Climate Assembly Dialogue Do you want to participate in a consultation on how Scotland needs to change in order to tackle climate change effectively? For more information and to take part go to https://www.volunteerscotland.net/for-organisations/training-courses/volunteer-practice-training/online-learning/?fbclid=IwAR1mjYcyqmNFAKBBJIb2bmbttjmZ3YiYqg09IT74SxyLT2YkBEW4peV61V0


Tackling single-use plastic The Scottish Government wants your views on their plans to ban some common single-use plastic items, such as straws, stirrers and cutlery. For more information and to have your say go to https://news.gov.scot/news/tackling-single-use-plastic

What’s next for mental health recovery in Scotland? Scottish Recovery Network is working towards a refreshed vision and strategy for mental health recovery in Scotland. They want as many people as possible, from across the country, to have their say. For more information and to take part in the survey go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SRNwhatsnext

Fair Rents The Local Government and Communities Committee has today launched a call for views on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill. The Committee would welcome responses from all those with an interest in the Bill. For more information go to https://yourviews.parliament.scot/lgc/fair-rents-bill/

Publications and reports

Climate emergency toolkit for youth workers The Toolkit includes activities to help young people learn about, and discuss the impact of our choices on climate change, environment and people. The activities introduce opportunities to find out more and take positive action to tackle climate change. The toolkit is targeted at youth workers who have completed the Climate Emergency Training for Youth Workers course but will be useful in many youth work settings. For more information go to https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/climate-change/young-people-and-climate-change/climate-emergency-training-for-youth-workers/toolkit/

Sustainable and active travel packs Scots Scotland have teamed up with Sustrans Scotland to launch a new activity with lots of programme ideas to help inspire people to get active outdoors, explore your local neighbourhood and improve health and wellbeing. Learning through Lockdown – the impact of youth work summer 2020. The youth work sector has continued to engage and support children and young people throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This has included providing crisis support for the most vulnerable families and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people’s mental health, learning and development. From 13 July, the sector was able to begin a gradual, phased renewal of face-to-face youth work outdoors. Learning through Lockdown – the impact of youth work summer 2020  captures the breadth and depth of opportunities provided by the youth work sector during this most extraordinary of schools summer holidays, to read the report go to https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/media/5251/learning-through-lockdown.pdf For more information go to https://www.scouts.scot/members/programme/activities-on-the-national-cycle-network/

Greenspace Scotland useful info Scottish Government has published specific guidance for community food growing spaces

If you are an organised growing group your activities may be exempt from the six person + two household rule.

Young people (aged 12 and over) and adults are permitted to play organised contact sport outdoors only – see guidance on sport and leisure facilities. Sports organisations should refer to guidance produced by their Scottish Governing Body of Sport and ensure they operate as per the guidance.

National Youth Work Guidance means that Community-Based Youth Work and many indoor activities can now happen with the required precautions in place. Youth Scotland has created a Reopening of Indoor Youth Work Toolkit to help youth groups get to grips with the new rules. For more information go to https://mailchi.mp/8f0af51cdd4a/monthly-ebulletin-october-2020?e=e2e64199c6

Campaigns

The Scotland Loves Local campaign is a national initiative designed to encourage all those who live in Scotland to think local first and support their local town centres and high streets safely and in line with public health guidelines. For more information go to https://lovelocal.scot/scotland-loves-local/

Funding

Help to get online Connecting Scotland programme funding to expand to £43 million. Being connected online has become a vital part of our everyday life. Scottish Government's Connecting Scotland programme provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who are digitally excluded and on low incomes. For more information go to http://bit.ly/3bRCsYC

Looking to cover vehicle costs? In 2020/21, CoMoUK has funding to offer micro-grants of up to £2,500 to established Scottish community groups setting-up a new shared transport scheme – either bike share, car share or ride share. The aim of the fund is to support organisations to set up the sharing of assets. It has been identified there are various funding streams available for cars and bikes, but setting up the sharing element of these is not always included. For more information go to https://como.org.uk/shared-transport-for-communities-scottish-micro-grants-2020/?mc_cid=7d9a53d828&mc_eid=736b0cd367

Bags of Help - Children and Young People Applications are now open for Tesco Bags of Help Children and Young People - a new fund for Oct, Nov and Dec, with £1000 funding available towards local projects focusing on children and young people. For more information go to

https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/home/community-apply-bags-help-grant/#more-1742


The Robertson Trust – new ten-year strategy The Robertson Trust have launched their new strategy for the next ten years. It focuses on tackling poverty and trauma in Scotland and the impact this has on the physical, mental and material wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

The following Funds are now open for applications:
Wee Grants - Funding of up to £2,000 for one year only
Small Grants  - Revenue funding of between £2,000 and £15,000 for up to five years
Large Grants  - For charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million
Community Vehicle grants 
Community Building Grants  

Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants Funded by NatureScot (formerly SNH), these grants will support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities.

Grants of between £50-250 for volunteers to run environmental activities in Scotland’s greenspaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats. School grounds not eligible. Up to £500 for projects, which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Projects must conclude by February 2021

For more information go to https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/

The Historic Environment Recovery Fund aims to support Scotland’s historic environment sector to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, enabling organisations to remain solvent, safeguard jobs and training opportunities and ensure that historic buildings and sites can re-open to the public.  It will also invest in urgent repairs and maintenance, helping to generate work for specialist contractors and the wider heritage economy. Grants of between £10k and £100k will be available for costs to be incurred before 31 March 2020 under the following two funding streams:

Stream 1: Re-opening Historic Buildings and Sites

Stream 2: Sector Resilience and Recover

The fund will be open for applications between 12 October and 2 November 2020.  Applications will be assessed as they are received, and we will aim to take decisions within four weeks of receipt.
For more information go to https://www.historicenvironment.scot/grants-and-funding/our-grants/historic-environment-recovery-fund/

The Business Hardship Fund is now open for applications. The Fund will award payments of £1,000 or £1500, dependent on Rateable Value this is to support some businesses that remain open but are still significantly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close. An upper limit of £10,000 will apply in total to any eligible business operating multiple premises. *Please note, there are restrictions to which type of businesses can access this fund. Please check their website on the link below for further details before calling them.* The fund closes to new applications at 5pm on Tuesday 3 November 2020. For more information go to https://crowd.in/6DAp55 #SupportDG

Firstport Boost It Is open for applications Boost It offers repayable grants of up to £50,000 for social enterprises that need a large injection of capital to get started, or sustain trading. You can read the full list of eligible costs on their website. Deadline: 3rd November 2020 at 12noon. For more information go to https://www.firstport.org.uk/funding/boost-it/

 

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Dumfries & Gallowa Council have a scheme to collect and distribute winter clothes and school uniforms for children. You can find out how to donate or request items at: https://supportdg.dumgal.gov.uk/warmwinterclothes or you can call the number in the poster below.

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There have been quite a few reports of grey squirrels in and around Borgue recently, and these are posing a threat to the red squirrel population. If you see any grey squirrels, please report them as detailed below:

The Borgue area is split into two at the Coo Palace, see the map at, https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/network-directory/kirkcudbright-public/so

If anyone sees a grey squirrel, could they please report it immediately to:

Kirkcudbright area: Rob Asbridge 01557 331323

Or Gatehouse area: Peter Garson 01557 814584

There is also a website for logging sightings too, https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/squirrel-sightings/?ssrs_sighting_add=1#BreadcrumbsAtTop