Date: 24th May 2021
Welcome to our weekly e-bulletin.
We are pleased to advise that we will be back open to the public from Monday 17th May 2021 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. This is on an appointments only basis so please remind your service users/clients to contact us to make an appointment.
Some of our projects and services remain temporarily suspended as follows:
- public access use of computers/internet service
- hire of our meeting/training rooms
- Community Defibrillators Project
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
We also offer additional FREE Basic Computer Skills learning sessions. These short sessions cover all the things you need to know to use computers in your day to day life. The sessions are friendly and informal allowing you to learn at your own pace. We also offer Free Money Matters sessions to assist you manage your household income using your new IT skills. We offer an iPad and free internet dongle loan scheme for those without internet enabled devices.
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!
Winter Warmth for Older People Project– please contact us for a registration form. Closing date to register is 1st Sept 2021. We provide free briquettes and kindling for older people in D & G who rely on open fires/multi-fuel stoves as their main source of heating.
To be eligible for the service people need to be:
- over 60 years of age
- not in paid work and have no other household member in paid work
- in receipt of a means-tested benefit or have extenuating circumstances e.g. long term health conditions.
Dumfries and Galloway Youth Work have announced that their new Community Mental Health Project is now accepting referrals for 1:1 support for young people. This work is targeted at a time when young people's mental health has heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic and additional support is required to reduce the impact on young people and reduce additional pressure being placed on more formal mental health support provided by the NHS. The work is focussed on low level mental health support being offered within communities and online for all Ward areas across Dumfries & Galloway. The young people that this is targeted at may be those who: ● You have concerns surrounding their well-being including mental and emotional health. ● Are considered vulnerable (using our professional judgement). ● Are at risk of offending. ● Are struggling with a loss/bereavement or significant change.
The Scottish Government has recently unveiled the new 'Clear Your Head' website, offering advice and resources for those feeling overwhelmed by the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Containing time management tips, mindfulness advice and relaxation exercise’s. For more information go to https://clearyourhead.scot/
The Open University has recently published a section of their website which offers free tips and resources around the topic of mental health, covering areas such as COVID-19 related anxiety, dealing with panic attacks and relaxation/mindfulness practices. For m0ore information go to https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/mental-health/free-mental-health-tips-and-resources
Cabinet reshuffle Following the SNP's election win, the Scottish government has announced a reshuffle of its cabinet. Shona Robison MSP has been appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government which includes responsibility for the third sector and social economy. This new portfolio replaces the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government position, which was held by Aileen Campbell before she stood down as an MSP at this year's election. Other appointments of note for the community-led health and voluntary sectors also include: ● Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, John Swinney (previously Education) ● Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf (previously Justice) ● Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, Tom Arthur ● Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, Maree Todd ● Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart ● Minister for Equalities and Older People, Christina McKelvie ● Minister for Social Security and Local Government, Ben MacPherson. To see a full list of appointees go to https://www.gov.scot/news/new-scottish-cabinet/
Surveys and Consultations
Consultation on the First Draft Integration Joint Board Strategic Commissioning Plan for Health and Social Care To improve people’s wellbeing outcomes and meet the challenge of sustaining care and support into the future, we are creating a new plan for health and social care. The Integration Joint Board is developing their next Strategic Commissioning Plan (SCP) 2022 - 2025 using feedback from and involving as many local people and people who deliver health and social care as possible. They are asking people to help them create the next SCP and shape the future with them. The First Draft SCP can be read on https://dghscp.co.uk/consultation/strategic-plan/ Please share your thoughts and views with them through any of the ways highlighted below
- Smart Survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/IJBSCP/
- Post: Strategic Planning and Commissioning, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, 2nd Floor, South Wing, Mountainhall
Treatment Centre, Dumfries, DG1 4AP
- Or Telephone: 01387 272734
The closing date for comments on the Draft SCP is 15 August 2021
Publications and reports
Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Mental Health has published a report as part of its two-year inquiry into implementation of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-27. The report explores priorities for rights, information use and planning. For more information go to https://www.samh.org.uk/documents/CPG_on_Mental_Health_Report_-_RIGHTS_INFORMATION_USE_AND_PLANNING_-_FINAL.pdf
The NSPCC has released data about contacts to its helpline about parental mental health issues. Between April 2020 and January 2021 the NSPCC helpline received 3,608 contacts from adults about parental mental health. The monthly average has increased by 44% compared with last year. For more information go to https://www.nspcc.org.uk/about-us/news-opinion/2021/pandemic-parent-mental-health/
The Scottish Recovery Network brings people, services and organisations across sectors together to create a mental health system powered by lived experience. Their new website, launched in March of this year, features useful information for those looking to learn more around the topic of Mental Health. For more information go to https://www.scottishrecovery.net/
What makes for safer communities? The Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) has published a report from four projects focused on different aspects of community safety - and the importance of community-led approaches is among the findings. The research was commissioned in early 2021 and covered four work areas, which can broadly be summed up as being about: ● What makes an effective Community Safety Partnership (CSP)? ● What makes a safe community? ● The use of evidence in community safety a ● The experience of community safety of groups with protected characteristics (or under-represented groups more generally). For more information go to http://www.communityscot.org.uk/news/article/what-makes-safer-communities/
New briefing on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women
What has become apparent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is that women are more likely to bear the brunt of the adverse social and economic consequences than men. The impacts of COVID-19 on women relate to the societal, economic and familial roles that women traditionally occupy and how these intensify existing gender inequalities. This briefing presents evidence on some of the key issues and mechanisms through which the pandemic has disproportionately impacted on women. The evidence is centred on seven themes: ● pandemic attitudes and impacts to mental health ● essential workers ● unpaid, informal care and household duties ● economic hardship ● violence against women ● priority groups ● power and decision-making. For more information go to https://www.gcph.co.uk/latest/news/991_new_briefing_on_the_disproportionate_impact_of_covid-19_on_women
Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland Annual Report: 2020/21 Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) is a place-based programme working to improve outcomes for all children and young people in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty. In partnership with children and young people, their families, and local public, private and third sector organisations, CNS is supporting efforts to reduce poverty and increase participation and capacity within communities. This annual report provides an update and overview of progress during 2020-21. For more information go to https://childrensneighbourhoods.scot/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CNS-Annual-Report-20-21-final.pdf
New Robertson Trust fund launched The Robertson Trust have launched Partners in Change, a new fund for organisations working in Scotland with a charitable purpose and a turnover above £2 million, including registered charities, housing associations, Community Interest Companies, universities and credit unions. The new fund, which is seeking expressions of interest from a range of qualifying organisations by 3rd June 2021. For more information go to https://funding.scot/news/2021/05/13/robertson-trust-launch-fund-for-larger-organisations?utm_source=fundingscotland&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert
2021 Henry Duncan Grants to provide £1m to support mental health and wellbeing During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 Corra Foundation announces £1m Henry Duncan Grant funding for community-based mental health and wellbeing support. This year’s Henry Duncan Grants programme will open on May 25 and the fund totalling £1m will have three strands: ● Organisation Grants – open to charities with an annual income up to £500,000 and a core focus on supporting people of any age who experience mental ill health. A maximum of £8,000 per year granted up to five years. ● Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Project Grants – open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic led charities with annual income up to £500,000, delivering projects that support people of any age who experience mental ill health. A maximum £8,000 per year up to three years.
- Micro grants – open to small charities and voluntary groups with an annual income up to £50,000, supporting communities experiencing disadvantage to improve mental health and wellbeing by reducing isolation and loneliness. This includes Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and rural communities. One-off grants of a maximum £1,000. For more information go to https://www.corra.scot/covid-19/2021-henry-duncan-grants-to-provide-1m-to-support-mental-health-and-wellbeing/
Youth Scotland Youth Work Support Fund The Youth Scotland Youth Work Support Fund has been established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They will consider any reasonable requests specific to needs identified in your community relating to young people. For more information go to https://youthscotland.org.uk/programmes/youth-scotland-youth-work-support-fund/?mc_cid=03d4c6c391&mc_eid=747d9f941c
Tesco Community Grant Scheme Community groups across the UK are being invited to apply for funding for local projects that matter to them. The Tesco Community Grant scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations to fund local good causes whose focus is on supporting children and families. Funding pots of £500, up to £1000 and up to £1500 will be available for projects and Tesco customers will be able to choose which project receives the most funding by voting in store every time they shop. The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, via an on-line application form. Greenspace Scotland’s team of Community Enablers can support you to apply or answer any questions. For more information go to https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/grant-funding
The Cycling Friendly Community fund is now open and accepting applications, subject to available funds. Workplaces, secondary schools and social housing providers can also apply. For more information go to https://www.cycling.scot/what-we-do/cycling-friendly/community
The Usual Place - Employment Opportunities The Usual Place cafe is a not-for-profit organisation based in Dumfries, supporting young people with additional needs. You will work as part of a team developing and nurturing the skills of young people aged 16-26, which are key to them gaining employment in the hospitality or retail industries.
Operations Manager: Ideally, you will have had experience of managing a team of people in a busy environment and can demonstrate first class organisational and communication skills. You should be able to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. Team working is a strong element of our ethos, whilst you should also be able to work independently. Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages is also essential. You will need warmth, enthusiasm and a creative approach to your work along with the ability to engage positively with a wide range of people. The Usual Place is a value-based organisation, we operate with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills, we look forward to hearing from you. Appointments will need to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups and subject to enhanced disclosure from Disclosure Scotland that we consider acceptable. Contract length: 12 months
Application deadline: 28/05/2021. To download the application pack, please visit www.theusualplace.org/vacancies.
Café Assistant/Mentor (Full-Time): You will have warmth, enthusiasm and a creative approach to your work along with the ability to engage positively with a wide range of people. The Usual Place are a value-based organisation, we operate with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills, then we look forward to hearing from you. Appointments are subject to enhanced disclosure from Disclosure Scotland and two references, that we consider acceptable. To download the application pack, please visit www.theusualplace.org/vacancies.
Café Assistant/Mentor (Full Time Equivalent): You will have warmth, enthusiasm and a creative approach to your work along with the ability to engage positively with a wide range of people. The Usual Place are a value-based organisation, we operate with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills, then we look forward to hearing from you. Appointments are subject to enhanced disclosure from Disclosure Scotland and two references, that we consider acceptable. To download the application pack, please visit www.theusualplace.org/vacancies.
If you would like to discuss any of these opportunity further please call 07871177430.
Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership Environmental Team Leader
Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week Salary (£25,770 - £28,281) Ref: 05/W360Nets/21. Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership, part of Wheatley Group, is currently recruiting experienced Environmental Team Leaders. As Team Leader you will be working alongside and supervising Environmental Operatives carrying out a range of duties from open space maintenance, close cleaning, void clear outs, sparkle cleans and general environmental tasks to ensure their customers live in a clean and tidy environment. If you have the relevant experience and can provide leadership and support to a team of local environmental staff to help them deliver outstanding customer service, they’d like to hear from you. For an informal discussion in relation to this position, please contact Steven Gray on 0141 274 7124. All positions require a full driver’s licence and are subject to Basic Disclosure Scotland screening. Closing date: 27 May 2021 at 5pm For more information go to https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/Wheatley-Group/
Lockerbie Old School: Communications and Engagement officer
The hub is looking for new volunteers for our Getting Connected project
We are seeking volunteers to provide one to one support to clients at the hub in accessing and using computers for on-line benefit applications, on-line job applications and Scottish Welfare Fund applications, using the new ‘e’ forms.
This opportunity would enable the successful applicant(s) to enhance existing admin, I.T. and support and advice skills and experience; to develop and optimise one to one sessions for clients; and gain experience of working in a third sector environment with a close supportive team who have a strong commitment to teamwork and community. The sessions you would be supporting are by appointment only in a Covid 19 safe environment at the hub.
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