Period Poverty in Scotland The hub has FREE sanitary items  available to anyone on low income. Contact the hub on 01387 269161


The Dumfries and Galloway Public Protection Partnership and the Violence Against Women and Girls Group have organized the following awareness raising events for the 16 Days of Action period. 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that runs from November 25 (the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10 (Human Rights Day) and encourages action and awareness against all forms of violence against women and girls i.e. rape and sexual assault; domestic abuse; child sexual abuse; sexual harassment; stalking; female genital mutilation; forced marriage; sex trafficking; pornography; prostitution; and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. All the events are free of charge, but booking is required. To find out more go to


Claim Your Funding - Upskill Staff For FREE The Skills Network (TSN) currently have a wide range of over 35 government funded courses available at no cost to you or your organisation*. These level 2 and 3 courses (equivalent to level 5 and 6 in Scotland) are worth up to £450 and cover a number of different subject areas. They are the perfect way to upskill your staff and will provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel and progress in their roles. Plus, they are all delivered via distance learning meaning they can be studied from anywhere, at any time, with no need to attend any classes. For more information go to

Free Lipreading and Communications skills Taster Course

The Taster session will be delivered via Zoom and will cover:

  • The lipreaders alphabet - helpful lip shapes and intelligent guesswork
  • What is lipreading? Putting theory into practice
  • Top tips for positive communication skills.

The taster sessions will be held on:

Monday 7th December 10.30am - Noon

Tuesday 8th December 2pm - 3.30pm

Wednesday 9th December 6pm - 7.30pm

Anyone wishing to sign up for this Zoom run course should let them know by email at //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone on 07896 342878. Please leave your name, email and telephone number so they can get back to you. For more information go to

Springboard - 121 Mentored Programme This intervention offers 1:1 individualised support for participants nearest the labour market. It is designed to be flexible to suit client need, which is ascertained at an initial 121 call.

  • Inspirational online vocational and interpersonal skills training
  • The opportunity to gain skills & knowledge of their specific desired job role
  • Tailored CVs to the hospitality, leisure & tourism industry
  • Preparing covering letters and individual support
  • Researching and targeting appropriate employers
  • Visits to industry venues when guidelines allow
  • Interview practice
  • Support to attend interviews
  • Job search support and self-marketing advice
  • Work experience will be considered when guidelines allow

Participants are expected to commit to 6-8 hours per week for a maximum of 10 weeks. This will include per week: 5 hours on-line training, one hour of 121 support as well as supported and targeted job search activity. For more information, contact Isabel Howden on 07469 857 188 or email: //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACAS – Redundancy: Getting it right Should your business be facing redundancies, it’s important to get the basics right. Not only to avoid costly employment tribunals but to help maintain good workplace relations and employee engagement throughout.

Course includes:

  • Planning and alternatives
  • Collective and individual redundancy processes including consultation
  • The selection criteria and process
  • Legal considerations 

Fr more information go to

Dumfries & Galloway College have an exciting range of courses starting in January 2021. These courses are open for applications now. From photography to bricklaying. For more information and to book go to

Publications and reports

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership DGHSCP have published their Strategic Needs Assessment 2020 click HERE to read/download the report.

Scottish Government Private Sector Stats Published Statistics on annual average private sector rents to the end of September 2020 have been released today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. Average rents for two bedroom properties, the most common type of private rented home in Scotland, increased above Consumer Price Index inflation of 0.5% in 11 out of 18 areas. The largest increase was 4.0% in East Dunbartonshire. Five areas saw little change in average rents compared with the previous year, with annual changes between -0.5% and 0.5%. Two areas saw average two bedroom rents decrease by more than 0.5%: the Ayrshires (including East, North and South Ayrshire) (-0.6%) and West Dunbartonshire (-1.3%). These regional trends combine to show an estimated 1.1% annual increase in average two bedroom monthly rents across Scotland.

For the full report go to


Covid-19 Residential Outdoor Education Centre Recovery Fund The Scottish Government has announced a £2 million recovery fund to support the sustainability of residential outdoor centres in Scotland. The Covid-19 Residential Outdoor Education Centre Recovery Fund is open to third and private sector centres that have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions on residential stays. Centres must have been providing activities prior to March 2020 to be able to apply.

The funding aims to keep outdoor centres in business – allowing them to continue to benefit current and future generations of learners – and allow centre staff to support outdoor learning in schools and other formal education settings where appropriate.

The fund is administered by YouthLink Scotland and Round one is now open for applications. Centres are invited to apply to round one for support with essential running costs. The deadline for applications is 1pm on the11th of December 2020.

Round two will open for applications on the 11th of January 2021 and close on the 5th of February 2021.

For more information go to

The Weir Charitable Trust Launches Emergency Fund has launched a one-off emergency fund totalling £200,000 to be directed to support the most vulnerable people across Scotland. The Trust will prioritise one-off awards to support projects addressing loneliness and isolation; mental health support, food and fuel poverty, supporting people with additional support needs, young people and families facing financial uncertainty due to redundancy. To be considered for the award groups and charities must be in a position to use the funds immediately to provide direct support in their communities. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 4th December 2020. For more information go to

Scale+Innovate: Employability & training | Environment & conservation The School for Social Entrepreneurs has launched Scale+Innovate, a free programme run in partnership with the Postcode Innovation Trust. Applications are open for established charities or social enterprises working in employability and training or environment and conservation, who are looking to scale their organisation and implement a new initiative to help recover and rebuild from Covid-19.

The programme is made up of 10 learning days and additional Action Learning Sets between February and September 2021, focused on helping you scale your organisation.

Applications can be made online via the SSE website and close at 12 noon on 9 December 2020.

Scale+Innovate: Employability & training | Environment & conservation. Applications can be made online via the Link below and close at 12 noon on 9 December 2020. For more information go to

Proposed Replacement of European Structural Funds (ESF) The Scottish Rural Network have highlighted the plans for a Scottish replacement for European Structural Funds after EU exit have been published by the Scottish Government. The new Scottish Shared Prosperity Fund (SSPF) will ensure Scotland’s distinctive needs and priorities are met, with a key focus on addressing and reducing economic and social disparity.

Regional partners will play a key role in the SSPF – leading on allocation of funding and programme development for their area.

For more information go to



An opportunity has become available to be part of their team.

2 NEW POSTS: Crisis support workers will provide crisis intervention by supplying information, support and assistance to women and their children (if any) who are experiencing domestic abuse.

HOURS: 35 Per Week SALARY:  £19,744.41 per annum TEMPORARY CONTRACT: Scottish Government funded until Sept 2021

If you would like further information, contact Julie Chisholm on -07436139847 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for application Closing date 7th December 2020

These posts are restricted to female applicants only, under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equalities Act 2010.

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