Various Items reported by the Hub  - your community action centre weekly e-bulletin on 23rd August 2023

Great British Clean – Volunteers Welcome D&G Eco Warriors are collaborating with the RSPB to deliver a beach clean on the shores of Mersehead beach for the Great British Beach Clean. Those wishing to support or volunteer at the event should visit for information. This annual event is delivered by the Marine Conservation Society to gather statistics on plastic pollution, and to report on the different items washing up on our shores. You do not need to book, and your support will be greatly appreciated. Please note that donations towards parking may be payable.


FREE short courses for 16-24 Year Olds @ Dumfries and Galloway College The Young Person's Guarantee is a commitment to bring together employers, partners and young people. It aims to connect every 16 to 24-year-old in Scotland to an opportunity. This could be a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training or volunteering. It could also be an enterprise opportunity. Dumfries and Galloway College are offering a range of selected FULLY FUNDED courses for young. For more information contact 01387 734000 or go to

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Volunteer Cycle Leader Training for Women Would you like to encourage more women to get out cycling with others? Scottish Cycling offers the Breeze Cycling Programme through Breeze Champions who can lead groups in their local area. It’s a great way to meet new people while improving your fitness. Visit the webpage to book your place on a free course or see group rides near you. Let's Ride - Unleash your inner Champion

Surveys and Consultations

British Sign Language National Plan 2023 - 2029 Consultation British Sign Language (BSL) is a vibrant and important language, with its own grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. It is a language that enables many Scottish Deaf and Deafblind citizens to learn, work, and be creative and to make their contribution to our communities, our culture, and our economy. This consultation asks individuals, organisations and communities to offer their views on what actions are required to advance BSL in Scotland and inform a six year strategy that sets the right conditions which will lead to an improved quality of life for deaf and deafblind people who live in Scotland. More here.

Consultation on a fairer Council Tax The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA - on behalf of local government) are inviting responses to this consultation on a fairer council tax system, which concerns the council tax charges (also referred to as multipliers) for properties in valuation bands E to H. The present council tax system is perceived by some as unfair and regressive because it levies a higher tax rate on lower value properties, and a lower rate for higher value properties. This consultation seeks views as to whether those in properties in the highest bands should be making a greater contribution, where they can afford to do so. Read more


Let's Be Heard – Sharing Scotland's COVID Experience The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has launched its listening project, Let's Be Heard, inviting the public to share their experiences of the pandemic and any lessons they believe should be learned. Find out more

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September 2023 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is a significant advocacy and communication based event aimed at reaching national organisations, governments and the general public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented. More here.

Publications and reports

Just How Effective is Scotland's Free Period Product Policy? Free period products have been part of Scotland’s legislation since 2021 through The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act. Since then, the country has been recognised as a world pioneer in tackling period poverty. For this article, reporters spoke with community members and organisations to understand more about how this legislation works in practice. Read the article

Social eating connects communities - new journal article Research has found that people who eat frequently with others are more likely to feel happy and satisfied with their lives than those who do not. It found that communal eating increases social bonding and feelings of wellbeing. Read the article


NHS Dumfries and Galloway Endowment Fund Annual Small Grant Programme 2023 Now Open Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Endowment Fund will be running their annual small grant program in support of their Dumfries and Galloway third sector and community organisations. This program is open to organisations whose core activity is in support of the health and wellbeing of the community. Applicants should show how their activities complement and reduce pressures on our local NHS. They are particularly interested in applications for projects that may support: · Volunteers and unpaid carers in relation to health and social care issues. · Mitigation of poverty within the region. · The reduction in inequalities associated with access to healthcare. · Partnership projects from organisations with a similar aim in support of the health and wellbeing of the Dumfries and Galloway community. The small grant program has been designed to support projects, activities and potential purchases of up to and including £5,000 For further information please contact Nick Mitchell, Charity Operational manager by emailing //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-saferedirecturl=" email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.&;source=gmail&ust=1693397515775000&usg=AOvVaw2HkCHcOqRxtxI4g68D0z94">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01387 244673. Small grants applications and completion guidelines can be downloaded from our website: Grants - DG Health Board Endowment Fund ( or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Closing date for the small grant programme is 5pm 18th September 202

The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) - Cost-of-Living Support Scotland Grants are available for projects to help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of the cost-of-living increases. They are looking to fund activity that means people: ● have more resilience and are more able to identify ways to deal with the impact of increased cost of living in their lives ● are able to shape activity in their community to address the increased cost-of-living ● have more access to support and services that will help them to deal with the increased cost of living

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Crown Estate Scotland - Community Capacity Grants Programme The purpose of the Community Capacity Grants Programme is to provide early stage financial support for community enterprise projects that contribute to local regeneration and sustainable development and, ultimately, help create great places to live, work and visit. Crown Estate Scotland’s Community Capacity Grants Programme is looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will help achieve the following objectives: ● Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces, making these places more attractive, accessible, and beneficial to the community. ● Create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits. More here.

Cultivation Street Garden vouchers are available to community, neighbourhood and school gardens who want to bring back community gardening and revitalise our streets and inspire people to take up gardening and grow their green skills. The categories are: ● Best Community Garden ● Gardens for Better Health ● Best School Garden ● Miracle Gro® - Gro Your Best ● Garden Centre of the Year. More here.

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