Help with Heating Scheme reopened for new applicants on 1st August 2023.
The Scheme consists of 2 options as follows:
Option 1. This option assists any eligible householder in D & G on means tested benefits whether they own or rent their home by providing a subsidy towards their heating costs. This covers any type of heating i.e. oil, calor gas, LPG, coal, gas, electricity; and however it is normally paid i.e. pre-payment meters, monthly payment plans, direct debit payments, quarterly bills or invoices.
Option 2: This option provides a one-off bulk delivery of free kindling and briquettes for any eligible householder in D & G on an eligible means tested benefit who relies on an open fire/multi fuel fire to heat their home.
HOUSEHOLDERS CAN ONLY APPLY FOR ONE OPTION NOT BOTH.
Please note we can only deal with enquiries about the Scheme via email. Apologies but we are unable to deal with phone enquiries.
Meet The Buyer South - Tuesday 3rd October Meet the Buyer South aims to help Dumfries & Galloway businesses find out what contract opportunities are available both within the council, local supply chains, and further afield across a range of sectors. Participants will explore how to do business with public sector buyers and gain an operational understanding of how to become part of local supply chains, as well as how to get involved in Community Wealth Building opportunities. No business is too small to attend Meet the Buyer South! The event is aimed at sole traders, micro, small and medium sized businesses, supported businesses and third sector organisations, but it is open to businesses of all sizes. Further details, including venue and agenda, for this in-person event will be announced in due course. Book Now All suppliers, including non-SMEs, are eligible to attend and must register an account with SDP to book a place.
Catering is provided on the day at each venue
Surveys and Consultations
Commissioner for Older People: Survey On 13 June 2023, Colin Smyth, MSP for South of Scotland, launched a consultation to gather support for establishing a ‘Commissioner for Older People’ in Scotland. The consultation will run until 23rd October 2023. You can read the proposed bill by clicking here. They are reaching out to you, our membership, to invite you to complete a short survey about the proposed Commissioner for Older People bill. The survey should only take 10 minutes or so and it will help us to ensure that the voices of our members are represented and accounted for. Complete the survey here: GWT Member's Survey: Commissioner for Older People (Scotland) Bill (office.com) The deadline for completion of the survey is 30th September 2023.
RLSS DON’T DRINK AND DROWN campaign (18-24 Sept) The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) DON’T DRINK AND DROWN campaign runs next week from 18-24 Sept. (This campaign will also run 11-17 Dec.) The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of being near water when under the influence of alcohol. Every year on average there are 73 fatal alcohol and/or drug-related accidental drownings in the UK. Effects of alcohol on the body: ● lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment - you are more likely to take risks and get in trouble ● limits muscle ability making simple movements much harder ● slows down your reactions making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble ● numbs the senses making swimming very difficult. Follow @RLSSUK’s #DontDrinkandDrown campaign www.rlss.org.uk/dont-drink-and-drown
Publications and reports
Homelessness Statistics, 2022-23 An annual update on Homelessness Statistics covering 2022-23 has been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. Findings for that period show: ● There were 39,006 applications for homelessness assistance – an increase of 3,247 (9%) compared with 2021-22, and higher than pre-pandemic (37,053 in 2019-20). ● There were 32,242 households assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness – an increase of 2,903 (10%) compared to 2021-22, also higher than pre-pandemic (31,618 in 2019-20). ● There were 15,039 households in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2023 – a 6% increase compared with 14,214 at 31 March 2022. This compares to 11,807 at 31 March 2020. ● The number of children in temporary accommodation has increased to 9,595 in March 2023 from 8,805 in March 2022 (9%). This compares to 7,355 at 31 March 2020. ● Households becoming homeless from a private rented tenancy have been reacting to legislation changes. There was a low of 3,049 in 2020-21, following emergency COVID-19 legislation (11% of all homeless households). Since this was lifted in May 2021, numbers have been increasing, reaching 2,990 across the first six months of 2022-23 alone (19% of all homeless households). However, the cost of living legislation introduced in October 2022 to protect renters resulted in a drop to 2,200 for the second six months of 2022-23 (13% of all homeless households). ● There has been an increase in rough sleeping, with 2,438 households reporting rough sleeping during the previous three months and 1,500 the night before the application. These remain lower than pre-pandemic and are the same proportions of all applications as the previous year (6% and 4% respectively). ● Homelessness applications that closed in 2022-23 which used temporary accommodation spent 223 days in temporary accommodation on average. This increased from 214 days in 2021-22 and 175 days in 2017-18, when the time series started. ● There were 445 instances of households not being offered temporary accommodation. This is a decrease of 38% compared to 2021-22. Almost all of these (420) were in Edinburgh. 83% of households assessed as unintentionally homeless secured settled accommodation in 2022-23, increasing from 82% in 2021-22. ● The average length of time to close a homelessness case has been increasing over time and reached an average of 266 days in 2022-23. This compares to 262 days in 2021-22 and 226 in 2019-20. ● Of the 32,242 homeless households: 62% of applicants were aged 25 to 49; 66% were single person households; 85% of applicants were of White ethnicity; and 51% of applicants had at least one support need. ● There were 275 applications nationally which reported being from a Ukrainian displaced household, this accounts for 0.7% of the total. The full statistical publication is available here Homelessness in Scotland: 2022-23 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
Community Led Local Development Funding opened A Scottish Government funding programme is now open in Dumfries and Galloway to support community facilities and mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis. The Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme will make more than £566,000 in funding available this year for revenue and capital projects. Dumfries and Galloway-based charities, constituted community groups, co-operatives, public sector organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises, community interest companies, and community benefit societies can all apply. Full information on the CLLD and how to apply can be found here: www.tsdg.org.uk/clld/ A Local Action Group (LAG) made up of representatives from the third, public, and private sectors will decide what applications are successful. There are four priorities within Dumfries and Galloway: ● Enabling community facilities / assets to make changes in pursuit of becoming carbon neutral. ● Supporting activities that enable small communities to avoid further loss of amenities, such as community transport, meeting places, and leisure and sport facilities. ● Enabling service providers to deliver support to the most vulnerable and in need families across the region to help address the cost-of-living crisis and eradicate poverty. ● Supporting activities that identify and assess community needs in advance of the place planning production, such as consultation and engagement work. The grant funding has been split into a Small Revenue Grants Programme, worth a total of £60,000 and open to applications up to £3,000, and a Main Revenue and Capital Grants Programme, with £450,531 revenue funding and £56,000 capital funding available and open to applications from £3,001 up to £60,000. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday September 25. Projects must have spent their grant and completed their activity by Sunday March 31 next year. Applications are encouraged from rural Dumfries and Galloway, though applications will be considered from organisations based in Dumfries and Stranraer, if the majority of beneficiaries are based outside the boundaries of the particular town.
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity funding scheme opens 4th September MSE charity's next round of funding is set to open on Monday 4 September. This round will focus on the theme of 'life changes' – so grants of up to £8,000 will be available for non-profit groups that help people through impactful life events, such as bereavement or homelessness, by teaching them financial capability skills. You can check if your group qualifies now and see how to apply on the MSE Charity website. The round will close once the charity accepts 40 applications, or on Friday 29 September, whichever comes first.
Autistic Adult Support Fund open for applications The Autistic Adult Support Fund aims to help adults with an autism diagnosis, self-identified autistic adults, and their families and carers understand what neurodivergence means for them and improve their wellbeing. The fund will provide £500,000 for the six-month period from October 2023 to end of March 2024. Facilitated by Inspiring Scotland, and funded by the Scottish Government, the Autistic Adult Support Fund builds on the work of a pilot which ran between 2020 and 2023 to provide post diagnostic support to autistic people. For more information go to Autistic Adult Support Fund - Inspiring Scotland % %
Recruitment Opportunity - Third Sector Employability Partnership Engagement Manager The role of Third Sector Employability Partnership Engagement Manager offers a unique and exciting secondment opportunity to play a key role in ensuring the third sector plays the fullest part possible in building an inclusive person-centred employability landscape in Scotland. Hosted by a local Third Sector Interface, this flexible and rewarding role will involve working closely with diverse cross sectoral partners including Third Sector Employability Forum, Local Employability Partnership (LEPs), Scottish Government, Improvement Service and Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Group (SLAED). This is an important role for the Third Sector, working at a national and local level to help create vibrant, locally relevant, integrated pathways of employability provision. You can find more information about the role here or you can download below. Third Sector Partnership Engagement Post_Job Description.pdf 184 KB • Download
The Holywood Trust - Administration Assistant - APPLLY NOW! Want to join their team at The Holywood Trust? They are on the hunt for an Administration Support Assistant! Working for the Trust means joining a small team of staff and Trustees who work together to deliver effective and meaningful grant funding programmes to benefit local young people across Dumfries and Galloway. The Administration Support Assistant is a vital member of the Trust team whose role is to support all administrative aspects of the Trust’s work, particularly its grant-giving and compliance matters. This contract will be offered at the hourly rate of £11.55, which is an annual salary/fee of £12,612 for 21 hrs per week. The Trust currently offers hybrid working of a 50 / 50 split between homeworking and office-based. You may be required to travel to attend meetings and events etc., and visit funded organisations. If this sounds like just the job for you, get in touch. For all the details and how to apply, go to https://holywood-trust.org.uk/joi.../administration-support/
Sanquhar Enterprise Company Vacancy – Development Officer initially for 12 months. Full time or part time option available, Salary £24,000-£30,000 pro rata depending on experience. Hours 18 to 36 hours per week. Hours of work are flexible and can be negotiated with Sanquhar Enterprise Company. Occasional evening and weekend working will be required. Probationary Period 3 months, during which time, the appointee will familiarise themselves with the Sanquhar Enterprise Company area, local groups, ongoing plans (including the Community Action Plan). Job Summary ● To represent Sanquhar Enterprise Company (SEC).
Work to develop projects and activities as directed by SEC. ● To support the whole community of the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District by delivering targeted projects and working closely with local statutory and voluntary groups. ● Hybrid working available. How to Apply Download an application form here Development Officer application form 2023Download
the hub – your community action centre is a local charity based in Dumfries that develops and delivers a range of social inclusion projects. We are an Investing in Volunteers accredited organisation and our volunteers are much valued team members.
Current Volunteering Opportunities!
The hub is seeking volunteers to support various roles and projects, these opportunities would enable the successful applicant(s) to enhance existing admin and IT skills.
Volunteers receive out of pocket travel expenses, a full induction and have an
allocated member of staff to provide ongoing support and coaching.
Volunteers receive out of pocket travel expenses, a full induction and have an
allocated member of staff to provide ongoing support and coaching.
Getting Connected Project - we provide one-to-one supported appointments to assist people:
- Complete a range of application forms
- carry out online job searches and apply for jobs online
- update Universal Credit e-journals
- create or update CV’s
Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme
- Do you need a deposit to rent a private rented sector tenancy in Dumfries and Galloway?
- Are you on a low wage or receive means tested benefits and live in Dumfries and Galloway?
Then the Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme may be able to assist you!
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the hub – your community action centre provides affordable, accessible co-working space and development support for non-profit organisations. Meeting/training rooms and hot desking facilities are also available. We develop and deliver a range of projects and services that assist people and local communities. Working together - making a difference!
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